Week 2 Weekly Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Georgetown sophomore Sugar Rodgers was named BIG EAST women’s basketball Player of the Week, while Connecticut freshman Bria Hartley takes home her second BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor in as many weeks.
Rodgers was named the Paradise Jam MVP in the Reef Division as she scored 28 points to help lead No. 12/12 Georgetown to a 69-58 victory against No. 4/4 Tennessee, adding three steals, four rebounds and a 5-of-7 effort from 3-point range. She shot 55.8 percent, connecting on 10-of-18 from the floor. She had double-digits in a win against Georgia Tech and a loss to Missouri. She finished the week averaging 17.3 ppg.
In a 3-0 week for the No. 1/1 Huskies, Hartley averaged 14.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. She shot 48.1 percent from the floor and connected on 9-of-17 from 3-point range for 52.9 percent. Hartley sank all seven of her free throw attempts. Against Howard, Hartley had 16 points, four rebounds and six assists. Against Lehigh, she notched 11 points and four assists; she rounded out the week with a 15-point, five-assist effort against LSU. Her 15 assists for the week came against six turnovers.
The BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll:
Maya Moore, Connecticut, Sr., F (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Averaged 25.0 ppg and 8.3 rpg in a 3-0 week for the No. 1/1 Huskies as they extended their winning streak to 84 games.
Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame, Jr., G (Lexington, Ky.)
Chosen as the WBCA Classic MVP after averaging 18.3 pg with a 53.3 field goal percentage, leading the Irish to the tournament championship.
Shenneika Smith, St. John’s, So., G (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Averaged 20.0 ppg and 10.0 rpg in a 2-0 week for the No. 22/24 Red Storm, shooting 55.9 percent and scoring her 500th career point.
Andrea Smith, USF, Jr., G (Lakeland, Fla.)
Averaged 20.0 ppg last week, with a career-high 33 points, shooting 54.5 percent and netting eight 3-pointers, against Auburn.
Liz Repella, West Virginia, Sr., G (Steubenville, Ohio)
Led WVU to the Paradise Jam Island Division title; named MVP after leading the team in scoring twice in three games.