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Rodgers, No. 15 G’town women top Dartmouth, 77-38
Friday, Dec 30, 2011

HANOVER, N.H. (AP)—Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers was still irked about a late missed free throw that forced her to settle for tying her career scoring high in a win over Vermont.

Rodgers more than made up for it Friday night from the foul line and everywhere else on the floor, scoring a career-high 39 points as the 15th-ranked Hoyas routed Dartmouth 77-38.

Rodgers, who scored 34 against Vermont the night before, was 13 for 26 from the field, including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers, while outscoring all of Dartmouth’s players combined.

“We just had a break. I came back energetic and ready to play,” Rodgers said. “I’ve been off. I don’t like being off. I just like to play all the time.”

The Hoyas (12-2) had been off since Dec. 21 before beating Vermont on Thursday in the opening game of the 35th annual Blue Sky Classic, the longest consecutive running women’s college basketball tournament in the nation.

Rodgers’ energy and intensity were still there the next night as the Hoyas increased their winning streak to 11 straight by overwhelming Dartmouth.

Rodgers was also 7 for 8 from the foul line, pulled down eight rebounds and made three steals.

“We’ve seen her do this before. We’ve seen her in a rhythm and just shoot the lights out,” Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. “This tournament, she seemed to just do so much more. She rebounded. She got steals. She played defense. She just had her all-around game.”

Williams-Flournoy gave Rodgers a breather midway through the second half and Rodgers was worried she was done for the night with 28 points.

“Do you want to be done?” Williams-Flournoy recalled asking.

Rodgers’ response: “No. I’m not done yet.”

Not even close.

Rodgers tied her career high for the second straight night when her three-point play with 5:38 remaining gave her 34 points, then set a new personal best on two free throws with 4:44 to go. Her teammates jumped off the bench and cheered after the second foul shot went in and put Georgetown up 72-32.

Rodgers added a layup while drawing a foul and converted another three-point play with 3:55 left, then went to the bench to watch the Hoyas close out the blowout.

Tia Magee added 10 points and five rebounds for Georgetown, which is on its longest streak since winning 16 straight in the 2009-10 season.

Faziah Steen led Dartmouth (2-10) with 16 points.

The Big Green committed 32 turnovers and were outrebounded 44-32 while losing their eighth straight.

Georgetown led 33-18 at halftime, then Rodgers kept the Hoyas running in the second half.

The Hoyas didn’t allow the Green a field goal for more than 13 minutes in the first half, pulling ahead with a 23-2 run as Rodgers hit four 3-pointers.

Dartmouth’s Tia Dawson ended a 13-0 run by the Hoyas on two free throws with 6:53 left in the first half to cut Georgetown’s lead to 21-12, but the Big Green’s field goal woes continued as Rodgers kept hitting from outside. Rodgers answered with two more 3-pointers, Tommacina McBride scored on a quick shot and Rodgers hit from in the lane to put the Hoyas up 31-12.

Dartmouth once led 10-8, then went without a field goal for 13:22. Milica Toskovic’s 3-pointer with 1:17 left in the first half were Dartmouth’s first points on a field goal since the 14:39 mark.

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