Nov. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University women's basketball player Sugar Rodgers (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork) has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 by The Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list is chosen by a preseason poll of national college women's basketball media members.
Rodgers has already earned Honorable Mention AP-All American, Preseason All-BIG EAST, Preseason Wade Watch and Senior CLASS Award honors this season.
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. She is also second on Georgetown's all-time scoring list.
The Big East led all conferences with seven selections, followed by the ACC with six, the Big 12 and Big 10 with five each, the SEC, Pac-12 and CAA with two, and the Ivy League with one. Players from Georgetown, Notre Dame, Connecticut, DePaul and Louisville were on the squad.
Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation's best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Georgetown will open the season on tonight at 7 p.m., at McDonough Arena against Sacred Heart in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.