Dec. 20, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University women's basketball squad (7-3) will host the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits on Friday afternoon in a 2 p.m., matchup at McDonough Arena. The contest will kick off a three-game homestand for the Blue & Gray and it also the squad's school-Day game where local schools were invited to participate in education activities and stay for the game.
The Hoyas are 7-3 on the season and have won three of the last four games. In their last outing, the Hoyas fell at No. 10/10 Penn State, 97-74, on December 9. Senior shooting guard Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) led the way with 24 points, while senior center Sydney Wilson (Silver Sping, Md./St. John's College Prep) added 11 points and eight boards.
The Hoyas are 3-0 at home this season and have two more non-conference games on the schedule following Friday's contest.
Currently leading the way for the Hoyas is Rodgers, who is also the BIG EAST's leader. The shooting guard is averaging 24.2 ppg and 7.7 rpg as well as posting 37 steals and 27 assists. She is also shooting 79.5 percent at the line. Junior forward Andrea White (Lancaster, Va./Lancaster) is second with 11.0 ppg and 5.2 rpg, while Wilson rounds out the top three with 7.3 ppg. Junior guard Samisha Powell (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) is leading the team with 39 assists to her credit and is averaging 5.8 ppg.
The Hoyas have forced 208 turnovers in just 10 games.
The Jackrabbits enter the matchup assured of a winning record in non-conference play with a 7-5 overall. SDSU opened the week by recording a 72-57 victory over Delaware State on Dec. 18 at Frost Arena. Senior forward Leah Dietel posted her first career double-double with a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds and Ashley Eide tallied a game-high 25 points. It was the team's fourth win in five games.
Eide is leading the team averaging 14.3 ppg, while Megan Waytashek is averaging 12.9 ppg. The Jackrabbits are outrebounding opponents, 37.8-35.2, and are shooting 38.8 percent from the field on the season.
This is the first meeting between the teams. Georgetown is 1-1 all time against Summit League squads with both meetings coming against North Dakota State in 2008 and in 2009.
Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m., at McDonough Arena on Friday. Live stats and a webcast featuring Ryan Sakamoto and Ben Gordon Goldstein will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
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