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Sugar Rodgers's Bio

About Sugar Rodgers

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the Second Round of the 2013 WNBA Draft, 14th overall selection… Acquired from Minnesota in exchange for the rights to swap 2015 third round draft picks.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Selected in the 2nd Round of the 2013 Draft by Minnesota.
  • Named a WNBA All-Star for the 1st time in her career, representing the Eastern Conference in 2017 in Seattle
  • Named the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year in 2017
  • In 2016, ranked 14th in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 14.5 ppg, and finished 2nd with 86 made 3-pointers and 5th shooting .413 from 3-point range in 2016.
  • Has 11-career 20+ point scoring performances, including one in the playoffs.
  • Scored a career-high 30 points in overtime win at Minnesota on June 29, 2016, tying the Liberty single-game record with 7 3-pointers.
  • Saw her scoring average improve over each of her first four seasons in the WNBA.
  • Set a new Liberty single-season record for made 3-pointers in a single-season with 86 in 2016 (Old record was 78 – Shameka Christon in 2011).
  • Finished 3rd in the 2016 Most Improved Player voting after seeing her scoring average increase from 8.1 ppg to 14.5 ppg year over year.
  • Ranks 8th in New York Liberty history with 214 3-point field goals

2017: Appeared in 33 games making 15 starts… Averaged 10.5 ppg and a career-best 3.8 rpg… Led the Liberty with 63 3-pointers and shot 34.4 percent from 3-point range… Named a WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star for the 1st time in her career… Named the 2017 WNBA 6th Woman of the Year…Named the AP WNBA 6th Woman of the Year…Posted 8 points and 3 rebounds in playoff game against Washington (9/10)… Scored 7 points in home-win over Chicago. Posted a new season-high with 6 assists. Matched her season-high with 7 rebounds (8/27)…Put up a game-high 16 points all in the 1st half.  Also collected a season-high 7 rebounds against Indiana (8/23)…Sunk 5 baskets, including 3 3-pointers for 13 points. Also pulled down 5 rebounds in win over Connecticut (8/18)…Nailed a pair of 3-pointer to reach double figures with 12 points, also recording 3 assists, in a road win over Atlanta (8/11)… Hit 4-3 pointers for the 2nd consecutive game. Finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Managed 3 assists 1 steal and 1 block against San Antonio (8/1)…Hit 4 3-pointers, her highest since June 16th, to finish with 14 points. Dished out 3 assists and managed 1 steal in win at Chicago (7/30)…Finished with 9 points and hit a pair of clutch free throws with 11.2 to play in the 4th quarter to seal a comeback win at Indiana (7/28)…Scored 8 points, including a pair of 3-point shots in win over Connecticut. Also had a season-high 7 rebounds and 1 assist (7/19)…Delivered 14 points, including 3 3-pointers from off the bench. Also managed a team-high 5 assists and 4 rebounds against Washington (7/16)…Scored 14 points and had 3 rebounds. Also has 3 steals and 2 assists against Phoenix (7/9)…Finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in a win at Seattle (7/6)…Scored all 11 points in the 4th quarter, 9 of which came from 3 consecutive 3-pointers. Also matched her season-high with 7 rebounds against Atlanta (7/2)…Finished with 13 points, inlcuding 3 3-pointers. Also pulled down 3 rebounds and dished out an assist against Connecticut (6/23)…Drained 5 3-pointers to finish with 19 points, and converted a pair of free-throws that gave Liberty the lead in OT at Dallas, also had 5 rebounds (6/16)…Scored 12 points with a pair of 3-pointers, all of which came from the second half, and also had 4 rebounds and 2 assists against Connecticut (6/14)…Tied her season-high in scoring with 21 points, going 9-of-10 from the free throw line, recorded a career-high 3 blocks, and a season-high 5 assists against Seattle (6/11)… In win over Atlanta Dream finished with 16 points, including 3 3-pointers and also had 5 rebounds (6/7)…Shot 3-of-5 from 3-point range to finish with 13 points and 3 assists against the Sparks (5/30)…Scored season-high 21 points, going 6-of-11 from deep, an also tied her career-high of 2 blocks against Seattle (5/26) …In win over Mercury, had 8 points and 2 blocks, 1 of which sealed the Liberty’s win with 2 seconds to play (5/23) …Scored 19 of her game-high 20 points in the first half, hitting 4 3-pointers, and pulled down 7 rebounds againsts the Lynx (5/18) …Scored 7 points and pulled down 5 rebounds against the San Antonio Stars in season opener (5/13).

2016: Appeared in 33 games making 33 starts… Ranked 2nd on the team averaging a career-high 14.5 ppg… Set a Liberty single-season record with 86 made 3-pointers (breaking the old mark of 78) and finished 2nd in the WNBA in 3-pointers… Ranked in the top-40 in the league in scoring (14.5 – 14th), assists (2.4 – 33rd), steals (1.1 – 28th), blocked shots (0.5 – 34th) and minuets (30.5 – 15th)… Led the Liberty in scoring 5 times with 26 games scoring in double figures… Selected to compete with the USA Basketball Select Team in July, training with the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team in Los Angeles… Recorded 5 games with a least 5 made 3-pointers… Drilled 4 more threes against the Seattle Storm breaking the Liberty single-season record on her way to 15 points (9/7)… Hit 4 3-pointers, tying the Liberty single-season record (78) in the process, on the way to 19 points in the Liberty’s win at home against Phoenix (9/3)… Tied a career high with 4 steals to go along with 21 points and 4 rebounds in New York’s 88-85 victory at Chicago (7/8)… Dished out a career-high 7 assists while scoring 14 points and collecting 2 steals in the Liberty’s win over Seattle (7/6)… Had 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting, knocking down 2 3-pointers in New York’s win at Phoenix (7/1)… Poured in a career-high 30 points and tied the Liberty franchise single-game record with 7 3-pointers (7-of-13 from three) to lead New York to a come-from-behind overtime win at Minnesota (6/29)… Connected from downtown 5 times on her way to scoring 23 points in New York’s overtime loss to Phoenix (6/26)… Scored 13 points, with three 3-pointers, and hit what proved to be the game-winner on an alley-oop feed from Kiah Stokes with 39.5 remaining in a win over Chicago (6/24)… Hit a crucial three in the late moments of regulation (22.1 remaining) to help force the game into overtime at Indiana; also had 14 points and 6 rebounds in the contest (6/19)… Knocked down three triples powering her to 18 points and also hauled in 7 boards in New York’s 91-88 victory over Dallas (6/14)… Made a career-high 9 free throws and drained 3 shots from long-distance on her way to scoring a game-high 22 points in the Liberty’s win at San Antonio (6/11)… Tied her career high with 5 assists while also tallying 18 points with a pair of 3-pointers in a win at Seattle (6/5)… Knocked down 5 3-pointers en route to leading the team in scoring with 21, her fourth-career 20-point scoring game, in a win over Indiana (6/3)… Scored on a driving baseline layup to force the game into overtime vs. Atlanta; finished with 10 points in the contest (5/24)… Connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to finish with 13 points to go along with a career-high 9 rebounds in an overtime loss to Los Angeles (5/21)… Recorded a career high of 24 points, hitting 6 3-pointers in a victory over Dallas in the 2016 home opener (5/15)… Helped lead the Liberty to a win in the season opener at Washington, hitting three 3-poiners to finish with 19 points, also tallying 4 steals, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks (5/14).

2015: Appeared in 33 games and started 5 times…Averaged 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 14.7 minutes per game… Scored in double figures 15 times and topped 20 points on three occasions… Led the Liberty with 41 3-pointers, shooting 32.0 percent from 3-point range… Ranked 39th in the WNBA in points per game and 27th in 3-point field goal percentage… Playoff averages of 8.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game… Made first-career start at Atlanta, and scored a season-high 17 points with a pair of 3-pointers in a NY win (6/21)… Scored a career-high 23 points, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from 3-point range to lead New York to a win over Los Angeles (6/28)… Scored in double figures over a stretch of seven-straight games from June 14-July 9… Matched her career-high of 23 points, hitting a career-high 5 3-pointers with 4 assists and 2 steals in an overtime win over Atlanta (9/1)… Came off the bench to score 15 points (6-11 FG) having never scored more than 2 points in a playoff game, also tallying 3 assists and 2 steals in a win at Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/20)… Set a Liberty single-game playoff record with 10 made free throws in game three of the Eastern Conference semifinals (9/22)…Came off the bench to score 20 points, 14 in the second quarter with 3 assists and 2 steals in a closeout win over Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/22)… Went 4-for-6 from 3-point range, dished out 5 assists and finished with 14 points in a win over Indiana in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals (9/23).

2014: Played in all 34 games … Averaged 6.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game … More than doubled playing time, averaging 16.3 minutes per game … Recorded a season-high six rebounds against Connecticut (6/29) … Posted a career best in assists (four) at Seattle (7/24) … Registered a career-high 18 points in a win at Seattle (7/24).

2013: Appeared in 28 games during her rookie season with the Minnesota Lynx … Averaged 1.9 ppg and 1.4 rpg while logging 7.6 mpg … Shot 31.7 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc … her 10 three-pointers made equaled the third-most on the team … Registered season highs in assists (three) and steals (two) July 9 vs. Atlanta … Posted season bests with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds June 21 at Los Angeles.

PRO OVERSEAS: Played for Pays d’Artois Basket Feminin in France in 2013 and Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion in Israel in 2014… Played for Good Angles Kosice in Slovakia in 2015… Signed with Atenienses de Manati in Puerto Rico in the fall of 2015.

COLLEGE: Was a four-year starter at Georgetown where she guided the Hoyas to three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the Sweet 16 … Finished career as the school’s all-time leader in scoring (2,518) and three-pointers made (346) … Finished with career averages of 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game … Posted the first, second, fourth and sixth-highest single-season point totals in program history … Three-time Honorable Mention All-American and three-time First Team All-BIG EAST selections.

PERSONAL: Full name is Ta’Shauna Rodgers, but goes exclusively by “Sugar”… Born in Suffolk, Virginia… A McDonald’s All-American who participated in the three-point competition placing second at the annual game … Three-time Tidewater Conference Player of the Year … Earned team MVP honors all four seasons at King’s Fork High School … Virginia First Team All-State honoree … Won Southeastern District Regular Season and Tournament MVP awards her senior year … Four-time all-district selection … Nike Nationals MVP and 2007 AAU U-16 MVP playing for coach Boo Williams … Ranked 26th overall on HoopGurlz.com’s top 100 ranking and fifth out of the shooting guards, … Was the ninth-ranked player in the nation by slamonline.com and 20th by Mike Flynn’s Blue Star Report … Scored 49 points in a game her senior season … Holds school records in career points, rebounds, assists and blocks.

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