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The BIG Picture
The Hoyas return three starters from last year’s NCAA Championship qualifying team, including BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Sugar Rodgers. Coming off its best season in more than a decade, Georgetown led the league in steals (12.9) and turnover margin (+8.1), while ranking second in 3-point field goals (6.3 per game). Similar numbers are expected this year as an experienced core of players return. Georgetown also begins the year with a 15-game home court winning streak dating to March of 2009. Could a school-record third-straight 20-win season be on the horizon?
An experienced core of players, including All-BIG EAST First Team guard Sugar Rodgers (17.6 points) returns for Georgetown. Point guard Rubylee Wright moves into the starting role, while Monica McNutt (11.2 points) brings an outside shooting touch (66 3-pointers, 35.3 percent). Inside at the post position, junior Amanda Reese will be back from a knee injury suffered last season. GU will continue to play its fast-paced game looking to press for 40 minutes and force turnovers. Look for Adria Crawford, Tia Magee and Wright to move into leadership roles with just one senior on the team in McNutt.
For the first time in two seasons, the Hoyas have more upperclassmen than underclassmen making this one of the more veteran groups, ever under Williams-Flournoy. Filling the loss of Jaleesa Butler (9.1 points, 6.2 rebounds) to graduaton will be the primary concern. Ranked as the team’s leading rebounder and third-best scorer, Butler was a key cog in the middle of the Hoyas gameplan. Shanice Fuller also was a valuable starter who graduated. Her production (3.6 points, 2.1 rebounds) in starting 27 games for the Hoyas was valuable.
Georgetown garnered its second NCAA Championship berth last season and first since 1993. Earning a No. 5 seed, the Hoyas also finished tied for second in the BIG EAST regular-season standings with a 13-3 league mark. It was the Hoyas best finish since 1996-97. Can they do it again? With a bulk of the team returning, the Hoyas are in position to be contenders for years to come. Georgetown finished last season ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 17 in the USA Today rankings. The 2010-11 season should bring much of the same.