Suffolk native re-signs with Liberty

Published 5:40 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017

Suffolk’s own Sugar Rodgers has re-signed with the WNBA’s New York Liberty for the 2017 season.

Rodgers is a 2009 graduate of King’s Fork High School and has spent the last three seasons with the Liberty. Each year, she has increased her scoring output, finishing last season averaging 14.5 points to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game while averaging 30 minutes a game.

Rodgers finished third last year in the WNBA’s Most Improved Player award. She broke the Liberty’s single-season record for three-pointers, with 86, which also placed her second in the league. She recorded seven 20-point games last season, which also included a 30-point game against the Minnesota Lynx. In that game, she also hit seven three-pointers.

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“We are thrilled to have Sugar sign back up with the Liberty,” New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer said in a statement. “She has proven to be a quality teammate, and a leader in our franchise’s community efforts. The amount of extra work Sugar has put in towards improving her game cannot be overstated and led directly to her breakout season last year. She is an example for all players about what can be achieved when they are dedicated to their craft.”

Rodgers was an All-American player at King’s Fork. From there, she went to Georgetown, where she became the school’s all-time leading scorer. At Georgetown, she is also the school’s all-time leader in steals. She was the 14th overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx and was traded to the Liberty prior to the 2014 season.

The 2017 season begins May 15 for Rodgers and the New York Liberty.