From the time the 5-foot-11 guard Sugar Rodgers set foot on Georgetown’s campus, she was destined to be one of the most-high profile athletes in Georgetown’s history. Before coming to Georgetown, Rodgers carried a lot of weight on her shoulders. She grew up in Suffolk, VA, a community with high rates of drug use and gun violence. Two of her siblings and a nephew were incarcerated for felony offenses. Several family members died when she was young, including her mother and uncle who gave Rodgers her nickname “Sugar”. Rodgers grew up without a mentor and basketball was the only sport she knew that would help her escape her unstable surroundings.
During her final season at Georgetown, Rodgers averaged 22.9 points per game. Rodgers participated in the NCAA tournament three times, including an appearance in the Sweet 16, and finished as the school’s all-time scoring leader. Rodgers was Georgetown’s career leader in three-pointers and also holds the school’s single-season record for points. Rodgers was the only player in Georgetown’s history to be named first-team in the Big East four times.
Rodgers’s hard work finally paid off after being selected 14th overall in the WNBA Draft by the Minnesota Lynx. As a rookie, she had to work her way up to get playing time on the court. Rodgers had to quickly adapt to a new environment and team during her first season with the Lynx.
Rodgers, along with former Georgetown University women’s basketball star Rebekkah Brunson, took home the WNBA Championship trophy with a 3-0 series victory over the Atlanta Dream. The game ended with a score of 86-77 at the Gwinnett Center. The Minnesota Lynx were league champions for the second time in three years. This was a huge accomplishment for Rodgers especially it being her first year with the Lynx.
The Georgetown community is happy for Rodgers’s success and we wish her luck in all her future endeavors.
-Diana Sainvil, Sports Staff Writer
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