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Each possession was like clockwork. During a Rutgers women’s basketball intersquad scrimmage, Rachel Hollivay’s team held an obvious advantage.Towering at 6-foot-4, the junior center attracted all of the attention. With each possession, she received he ball at the high post as players on the defense collapsed on her.
Before concluding her press conference near the end of Rutgers women’s basketball Media Day, head coach C. Vivian Stringer had one last thing to say.
Junior wing Kahleah Copper is one of 10 upperclassmen on Rutgers’ roster this season following last year’s WNIT Championship. Copper averaged 16.1 points per game last year to lead the team in scoring.
Senior guard Syessence Davis and the Knights expect to make the NCAA Tournament this season after falling short last year.
Although she had already begun recruiting for next season, C. Vivian Stringer was unavailable for comment to the media in the weeks that followed a flight home from El Paso, Texas.
Despite being the nation’s top point guard recruit a year ago, freshman Tyler Scaife surprised even college basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli this season.“I look at Tyler and I go, ‘Wow, she is better than I thought. She’s only 19, and she’s done all this?’” Antonelli said last week via phone. “Yet she needs to add the 3 [point shot] and put some strength on her frame? I can’t wait to see what she comes back with as a sophomore.”
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife’s explosiveness in transition added a new dimension to Rutgers’ offense this season.
Even with 929 career wins and three NCAA Final Fours to her name, C. Vivian Stringer decorated her Hall of Fame resume with something new this season: a WNIT championship. An NCAA title still eludes the Rutgers head women’s basketball coach, but with her current contract set to expire June 30, Stringer made a solid case to lead the program for a few more years.
Sophomore Kahleah Copper, Rutgers’ leading scorer this season, will headline the Knights next year. All five starters will return.
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.