Nov. 26, 2012
Georgetown University women's basketball player Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) has been named to the 2012-2013 Naismith Women's Early Season Watch List by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. The 50 player watch list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, which based its criteria on player performances from the previous year and expectations for the 2012-13 college basketball season.
On Monday, Rodgers was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after a big week. She averaged 19.7 ppg and 7.3 rpg with nine assists and seven steals for the Hoyas who went 2-1 on the week.
Rodgers has already earned Honorable Mention AP-All American, Preseason All-BIG EAST, Preseason Wade Watch, Wooden Preseason Top 30 and Senior CLASS Award honors this season. She was also named to the BIG EAST's first Weekly Honor Roll of the year.
The shooting guard begins her final season on the Hilltop with three impressive seasons behind her. She is the only player in Georgetown history to earn First Team All-BIG EAST three times in her career and was a unanimous decision the past two years.
She led the Hoyas in points in 25 of 32 games this past season with a high of 39 points in the win over Dartmouth University at the Blue Sky Classic. Rodgers averaged 18.5 ppg, to lead the BIG EAST during the regular season, 5.4 rpg to rank third on the team and had a squad-high 71 steals. Rodgers also shot a team-high 81.9 percent from the free throw line and ranked second in assists with 54.
Rodgers earned three BIG EAST Player of the Week honors, tying the most in the conference, and had seven nods to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She was also named to a number of watch lists for national awards including the Naismith Award, the Wooden Award and the WBCA's "Wade Watch" List.
She was an honorable mention WBCA All-American and an AP All-American for the third-consecutive season.
In her career, Rodgers holds the record for career 3-pointers, points in a season, 3-pointers in a season and ranks in a number of additional categories.
Already this season, Rodgers is averaging 23.0 ppg to lead her team and the BIG EAST as well as 7.2 rpg. She became the program's all-time leading scorer at UNC and scored 35 points in a victory over No. 11/10 Delaware.
Georgetown is currently 4-2 on the season.
Rodgers was one of 14 players selected from the BIG EAST Conference.
In late February, the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors will compile a mid-season team of the top 30 players in the nation. In March, the Naismith Trophy voting academy will vote to narrow the list to the four finalists.
Notable Naismith Women's College Player of the Year winners include Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo and Tina Charles. The Naismith women's Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the college basketball player of the year.
The Hoyas will be back in action on Wednesday as the squad hosts the La Salle University Explorers at 8 p.m., at McDonough Arena. Live stats and a webcast will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.