Sugar Rodgers Year in Review


Sugar Rodgers 2015 Season Highlights

  • Averaged a career-best 8.1 ppg, making five starts in 33 appearances
  • Led the Liberty with 41 3-point field goals
  • Ranked 39th in the WNBA in ppg (8.1), 27th in 3-point field goal percentage (.320) and 11th in free throw percentage (.881)
  • Scored a career-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers in a win over the Los Angeles Sparks on June 28
  • Matched her career high of 23 points while knocking down a career-best five 3-pointers in a win over the Atlanta Dream on Sept. 1
  • Scored in double figures 12 times
  • Tallied a playoff career high of 20 points in the series clinching win over Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Sept. 22
  • Career-best five assists against the Washington Mystics on June 14
  • Career-best four steals in a win over the Phoenix Mercury on June 11

In her second season with the Liberty, Sugar Rodgers emerged as a dynamic scoring threat and a reliable defender, factors that contributed significantly to her taking on a much more substantial role.

Due to Epiphanny Prince missing the first 10 games of the season, the need existed for one of New York’s guards to step up, and Rodgers managed to shine nearly from the very beginning.

After a pair of double-digit performances off the bench, she earned her first-career start at Atlanta on June 21, and went on to scored 17 points with a pair of 3-pointers and four assists.

That came during a stretch of seven-straight games in double figures for Rodgers, who posted at least 10 points in 12 games in 2015. She would score at least 11 points in all five games she started, averaging 15.6 ppg during that stretch, and then continued to provide a vital boost off the bench once Prince re-joined the team in early July.

Having Rodgers as a key reserve was key for a Liberty team that boasted one of the deepest benches in the league, averaging 27.5 ppg from its second unit, which ranked second in the WNBA.

After failing to score in double figures in the month of August, Rodgers bounced back in a big way to start September, matching her career-high of 23 points while nailing five 3-pointers in a win over the Dream on Sept. 1.

She closed out the regular season strong and carried that momentum into the playoffs, scoring double figures in 3-of-6 postseason games, which included a 20-point performance in the series-clinching win over the Mystics.

The Liberty’s leading 3-point shooter, Rodgers knocked down 41 treys and ranked 27th in the league, shooting 32.0 percent from long distance. She turned her additional 2.1 minutes per game into 2.1 more points per game and was third on New York and 39th in the league in scoring.

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