Lady Hoyas are 5-seed in NCAAs

Published 10:18 pm Tuesday, March 15, 2011

For the second straight season, Georgetown is a No. 5 seed entering the NCAA Women’s Basketball Touranment. The Lady Hoyas (22-10) drew a first-round match-up with No. 12 Princeton (24-4) in College Park, Md. on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.


Sophomore guard TaShauna “Sugar” Rodgers (King’s Fork) is the second-leading scorer in the Big East behind only Connecticut’s Maya Moore. Rodgers was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East first team. She led the Lady Hoyas averaging 18.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.4 assists per game.

Georgetown enters the tournament ranked No. 21 in the nation in the ESPN Coaches Poll. The Lady Hoya season includes a win over then-No. 4 Tennessee and a six-game winning streak during Big East play. On the other hand, the Lady Hoyas have lost five of their last seven games going into Sunday.

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“We’re excited to be playing so close to home and that our fans will have an opportunity to come out and support us,” said Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy.

“Princeton is a good team out of the Ivy League and they score a lot of points so they’ll be a challenge,” Williams-Flournoy said.

Reaching the second round could bring a contest against No. 4 seed Maryland. The Lady Hoyas beat the Lady Terrapins 53-45 on Nov. 16.

Georgetown reached the second round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. This is the third NCAA appearance in GU’s women’s basketball history.

Longwood’s softball team was in Honolulu, Hawaii, last Friday morning at the time of the 9.0-scale earthquake and ensuing tsunamis in Japan.

Hawaii had tsunami warnings and the Lady Lancer team, on the island of Oahu, was evacuated to a shelter and spent a night there.

The softball schedule went on as planned and Longwood played seven games in four days. The Lady Lancers beat No. 14-ranked Hawaii 1-0 on Friday. Longwood (15-6) went on to post a 3-3 record plus play an exhibition game, a 4-2 loss, to Tokyo Women’s College of Physical Education.

Junior Leigh Sexton (King’s Fork) played as a substitute infielder during the trip. Sexton’s hitting .333 for the Lady Lancers in 13 games.

Apprentice freshman Ben Hunter (Lakeland) won the medalist honor for the second straight golf tournament, doing it by winning a playoff hole for the second straight time as well, at the Lynchburg Invitational in Forest Sunday-Monday.


Hunter shot rounds of 80 and 78, then defeated Lynchburg’s Dusty Scott with a par on the second hole of the tiebreaking playoff, to win the individual title. The Builders placed second as a team.

Apprentice and Sleepy Hole Golf Course host the Builder Spring Fling on Friday starting at 9 a.m.

Chowan’s softball team rolled to a 6-0 record Saturday-Monday at the CIAA Round-Up in Raleigh, N.C.

The Lady Hawks won five of the six games by nine or more runs. The only close contest was a 5-4 CU win over Winston-Salem St. on Sunday.

Senior outfielder Mindy Byrd (King’s Fork) is CU’s clean-up hitter. Byrd went 8-for-18 (.444) at the plate with nine runs, seven RBI, a triple and a home run in the Round-Up.

Chowan (16-10, 9-1) hosts Elizabeth City St. in a conference doubleheader Thursday at 11 a.m.