Throughout their first two games of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, sophomore Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) of women's basketball team provided a spark off the bench, helping the Lady Royals capture a pair of victories to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season.
For her efforts, Rodriguez was named The University of Scranton Athlete of the Week for the period ending March 3rd on Monday. For Rodriguez, this marks the first time in her career at Scranton that she's earned Athlete of the Week honors.
Rodriguez started her week off on Friday night in the NCAA First Round game with New England College in the Long Center, as she scored 11 points in 14 minutes of game action in an eventual 69-49 victory for the Lady Royals.
She followed that performance up with another double-digit scoring day on Saturday against Johns Hopkins, as Rodriguez scored 10 points off the Scranton bench in an eventual 59-46 win for the Lady Royals. In the Hopkins game, Rodriguez did not miss a shot all evening, as she went 3-for-3 from the field (2-of-2 from three-point range) and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.
On the season, Rodriguez is averaging 5.4 points a game, as she has logged playing time in all 29 games the Lady Royals have played in to date.
Rodriguez and the rest of The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Friday night, as they host the Sectional Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament inside the Long Center. On Friday, Scranton (28-2) will take on Christopher Newport (25-5) at 7 p.m.
For more information on this weekend's Sectional Round games in Scranton, click here.