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It all came down to one play. The emotional tolls, the eight-day road trip and the final fate of a season spanning five months hinged on the outcome of one last shot. In front of a sold-out Don Haskins Center of 12,221 in El Paso, Texas, the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s 18-point second-half lead had vanished. But it was the very reason head coach C. Vivian Stringer wanted to play in the WNIT, and she got her money’s worth.
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife scored the game-winning layup in the WNIT title game at UTEP on Saturday with 2.1 seconds left. She earned All-Tournament Team honors.
For the first time is program history, the Rutgers women’s basketball team is on the cusp of a WNIT Championship. A tightly contested match much of the way, the Scarlet Knights pulled away late from South Florida to seize a 62-52 win in the semifinals last night in Tampa. The Knights will play at UTEP on Saturday afternoon in El Paso, Texas, to decide the champion of the 64-team tournament.
Sophomore guard Briyona Canty was one of four Knights to finish in double figures last night, finishing with 12 points and 12 boards.
After struggling to secure a lead for the first 24 minutes last night in Ohio, the Rutgers women’s basketball team went on a 15-0 second-half run to pull away from Bowling Green and secure a 55-50 victory in the WNIT quarterfinals. The Scarlet Knights (26-9) advance to the semifinals of the 64-team event, where they will face AAC-rival South Florida (23-12) tomorrow night in Tampa.
Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay tallied nine rebounds and four blocks to help the Knights hold off Bowling Green in the WNIT.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper led Rutgers with 14 points in the Knights’ win last night at the Stroh Center. The victory sends RU to the semifinals, where it will face South Florida tomorrow in Tampa.
As if withstanding 50 minutes of action, two overtimes, 11 ties and 18 lead changes Thursday against Seton Hall was not enough, the WNIT only gets tougher from here on out for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. After three home wins through the first three rounds, the Scarlet Knights (25-9) now must go on the road tonight in the quarterfinals and do what no team has done this season — win at Bowling Green.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper said RU’s close win against SHU on Thursday bodes well for Rutgers’ chances in the WNIT.
Within seconds of the buzzer sounding one final time, Syessence Davis grinned ear-to-ear and bear-hugged Betnijah Laney. Other members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team made their rounds along the Louis Brown Center hardwood as emotions ran high. But first they had to catch their breath, and with good reason.
Syessence Davis bear hugs Briyona Canty after RU advances past its in-state rival and into the WNIT quarterfinals last night at the RAC. Rutgers plays Bowling Green next.
Guard Tyler Scaife shoots over Pirates guard Ka-Deidre Simmons. Scaife scored a career-high 29 points in Rutgers’ 91-79 victory.
The rivalry was thought to be over once the Rutgers women’s basketball team left the old Big East for the AAC, but it turns out the Turnpike Tussle will have another chapter. Following their win Monday night against Harvard, the Scarlet Knights (24-9) cross paths again with Seton Hall tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in the Round of 16 of the NIT.
Junior wing Betnijah Laney and the Knights can avenge last season’s loss at Seton Hall tonight in the NIT third round at the RAC. The rivals previously had no more scheduled meetings after Rutgers joined the AAC.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer views the NIT as a helpful simulation of the rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
Four days after head coach C. Vivian Stringer expressed frustration with how the Rutgers women’s basketball team uncharacteristically missed “bunnies” under the bright lights of the postseason, more shooting woes threatened a bitter ending.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper eyes a layup last night at the RAC. Copper finished with game highs of 19 points and 12 boards to help Rutgers top Harvard and host Seton Hall on Thursday in the Round of 16 of the NIT.
Junior guard Syessence Davis dives for a loose ball. She scooped a game-high four steals.
For the first time in a long time, the Rutgers women’s basketball team awaits its NCAA postseason fate without much clarity. After another dreary loss to No. 1 Connecticut bounced the Scarlet Knights from the AAC Tournament semifinals Sunday, Rutgers officially relies on one of 32 at-large bids to make the 64-team NCAA field determined next Monday.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer said she believes the Knights are deserving of a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Rutgers tallied the most wins (22) since its 2007-08 season.