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It ended with a 25-point margin of victory, but it was never even close.The Rutgers women’s basketball team set the tone early against Iona, making a 7-0 run from the opening tip and carrying that momentum to close the first quarter with a 29-10 lead.
Win the games you are supposed to win, and the rest will sort itself out.It’s an old slogan that rarely rang more true than for the Rutgers women's basketball team regarding the Scarlet Knights' next two scheduled games.The Knights (6-3) will take on Iona (2-5) on Wednesday before matching up with Savannah State (2-6) on Sunday, with both games coming at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.Scarlet and White won last year's matchup, 66-58, in New Rochelle, when senior wing Kahleah Copper poured in a team-high 19 points.Rutgers will try to build on its 20-point win over Arkansas last Sunday, now with a legitimate shot to assemble a three-game winning streak before hosting SEC powerhouse Louisiana State at the RAC next Saturday.But the first order of business will be the game with the Gaels.Iona takes the ride down the New Jersey Turnpike to Piscataway pushing for back-to-back wins over schools from Central Jersey after defeating Rider, 59-46, on Sunday.Junior guard Tyler Scaife is coming off a 24-point performance versus the Razorbacks where the Little Rock native continued her near-spotless shooting from the free throw line, knocking down all four of her attempts from the charity stripe.Scaife has missed just one free throw in 29 tries in her junior season, ranking second in the nation in free throw percentage (96.6), according to NCAA.com.The 5-foot-7 guard believes that getting to the line early in games allows her to get into a shooting groove from the field.“I was attacking the rim early on,” Scaife said after the 60-40 win over the team from her home state.
Ask any member of the Rutgers men’s basketball team and they’ll say every game on the schedule is approached the same exact way.But when looking ahead to Tuesday’s game, it paled in comparison to the monster of a conference slate the Scarlet Knights will face in their second season in the Big Ten.The Knights' game against Central Connecticut State was supposed to be a walk in the park compared to the opposition they faced during the 4-game losing skid they had going into the game. Facing a winless opponent, the players who usually play heavy minutes had an opportunity to get some extended rest ahead of Rutgers’ matchup at George Washington, who is on the brink of entering the Top 25 after receiving 60 votes in the latest AP Poll.But the opportunity was wasted.While the Knights (4-5) eventually pulled away in the last 15 minutes to win by a score of 75-59, the Blue Devils (0-8) gave them a run for their money in the first 25.When the halftime horn sounded, Rutgers was up just three points, 28-25, and appeared to be going through the motions, hoping the talent gap between the teams would suffice.But the talent gap is only good if it is applied.Sophomore guard Mike Williams, who led the Knights in scoring against Seton Hall with 16 points, was scoreless on 0-for-2 shooting in the first half.Williams picked it up in the tail end of the second half, hitting his last two field attempts to push his final point total to eight, but his struggle to produce in the first three-fourths of the game was evident.There was a reason the Brooklyn, New York, native looked sluggish for most of the game.Williams walked into the locker room after the game alongside head coach Eddie Jordan, but the two weren’t only talking about the game.“He had a test to take about an hour and a half before the game.
The hardwood floors near midcourt read, "THE RAC" in scarlet block lettering, but the atmosphere made it easy to mistake the venue for Alexander Library. Based on the scenery landscaping, the 3,131-announced crowd in attendance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center for Tuesday night's Rutgers men's basketball game against Central Connecticut, the setting for the 6 p.m.
As Corey Sanders slouched in his cushioned chair in the corner of the locker room at the Louis Brown Athletic Center following the Rutgers men's basketball team's 84-55 pounding at the hands of in-state rival Seton Hall, the freshman guard was blunt on how he and his teammates need to step up."We just need more players to step up," Sanders said.
She positions herself behind the 3-point line awaiting an opportunity. And then it comes, often on a swing pass where her teammates rotate them the ball quickly around the perimeter.Once the ball is in her hands she takes flight, rising from the floor to align her eyes with the circular target.At the top of her vertical she releases, flicking her wrist toward the rim and following through until her fingertips run nearly parallel to her forearm.
Senior guard Cynthia Hernandez used to spend hours after grade school perfecting her shot, needing 200 shots to go down before she was permitted to return home. Hernandez has made more 3-pointers (35) than any other player on the Rutgers roster since arriving on the Banks.
It felt good for the Rutgers women’s basketball team to return home to play at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Senior center Rachel Hollivay scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in Rutgers 60-40 win over Arkansas at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Dec. 6.
Junior guard Tyler Scaife scoots around an Arkansas defender to move toward the rim in the Knights 60-40 win over the Razorbacks on Sunday afternoon.
In a complete role reversal, the Rutgers women’s basketball team played the part of bully in the Scarlet Knights 61-38 win over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon.
For the first four and a half minutes of the Rutgers men’s basketball team’s showdown with in-state rival Seton Hall, it appeared the Scarlet Knights couldn’t miss.After giving up six points in the opening two minutes, the Knights went on an 18-5 run to take a 20-11 lead with 12:59 minutes remaining in the first half.
Even the extra juice of an in-state rivalry with a former Big East Conference foe couldn’t keep the Rutgers men’s basketball team up for the challenge Saturday afternoon.Despite opening up hot from the floor with an early lead throughout majority the first half, the Scarlet Knights fizzled out before heading into the locker room down, 47-34, after a 32-14 run in the final 12:15 of the opening period.
After averaging 23 points and eight rebounds to earn the Paradise Jam MVP, senior wing Kahleah Copper struggled to nine points and six turnovers in the 65-43 loss at No. 13 Florida State.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer was disappointed in her team's performance in the Knights 22-point loss to No. 13 Florida State. Stringer said postgame that she thought the team played scared.
Mike Williams still remembers the feeling.(Williams quote)Then a freshman, Williams jumped out to one of his finer performances of the 2014-15 season with his tie for a team-high 15 points to go with his four steals, two assists and two rebounds. But the end result of an 81-54 blowout for the Rutgers men's basketball team in last year's Garden State Hardwood Classic against Seton Hall at the Prudential Center was hardly anything to be happy about. (Jordan quote on last year's game)Jordan has a right to believe that, despite his team falling below .500 for the first time in 2015-16, the Knights (3-4) should be better off in their rematch with the Pirates (5-2). Pointing to the youth and inexperience of Rutgers as a reason for expected growth rather than an excuse for the mishaps to the start of his third season at the helm in Piscataway, Jordan has been preaching the need for the Knights to close out winnable games. In Rutgers' last time out, Jordan watched as the Knights blew a 12-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play in a 69-68 loss to Wake Forest — the third straight.
A trip to paradise was just what the doctor ordered for the Rutgers women's basketball team.After beginning the season with a win at St.
Senior wing Kahleah Copper averaged 23 points and eight rebounds in three games at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, earning her the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.
When Robert L. Barchi hired Patrick Hobbs to succeed Julie Hermann as Director of Athletics on Sunday, the University President connected one key piece to the puzzle that is the athletic department at Rutgers.One day later, Barchi's newest hire has already taken the first step by winning the part one of his debut in the public eye.
In both halves of the Rutgers men's basketball team's 69-68 loss to Wake Forest on Monday night, the Scarlet Knights (3-4) were led by a freshman from Florida.But while the big story was Corey Sanders’ red hot start to the second half, he wouldn’t have been able to give the Knights the lead after nearly 17 minutes of action if it wasn’t for Jonathan Laurent’s performance in the first half.The forward from Orlando led Rutgers in the opening 20 minutes with eight points and six rebounds, playing a big part in why the Knights trailed by just four at the half despite the team collectively going 10-for-38 (26 percent) from the field.“Coach always wants me to come off the bench and be aggressive,” Laurent said.