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In a season where 14 of the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s first 20 wins came by double digits, a more hard-fought 21st victory gave head coach C. Vivian Stringer a sense of how far the Scarlet Knights have come. Although No. 24 Rutgers led wire-to-wire Wednesday night, on several occasions it had to fend off a pesky Temple (12-15, 6-10) team that refused to relent.
UConn forward Breanna Stewart tallied 23 points Jan. 19 against RU at the RAC.
Sophomore forward Ariel Butts had her best game of the year with 8 points and eight boards Wednesday against Temple.
Rutgers women’s basketball freshman Tyler Scaife earned AAC Rookie of the Week last Monday for the fifth time in six weeks. The point guard very well may be on her way to winning the award yet again. She had a team-high 21 points in the No. 24 Scarlet Knights’ 67-58 win last night against Temple at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Scaife scored in double-digits for the 21st time in 26 games this season.
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife dribbles on the open floor ahead of trailing Temple defenders at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in the Knights’ 67-58 victory last night. Scaife led all scorers with 21 points on 8-for-18 shooting.
By simple measures, a 15-point loss Sunday at No. 3 Louisville technically didn’t hurt the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s push for an NCAA Tournament bid. Despite falling to the Cardinals for a second time this season, the Scarlet Knights (20-6, 11-4) moved up one spot to No. 24 in this week’s AP Poll. LSU and St. John’s both dropped two games last week to fall out of the rankings.
Junior wing Betnijah Laney collected 24 points in Rutgers’ 74-68 win Jan. 25 at Temple. More is at stake tonight at the RAC, where ESPN Bracketologist Charlie Creme says a loss could keep Rutgers out of the NCAA Tournament.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer put together a less challenging nonconference schedule this season to help a young RU team without any seniors develop confidence, but it has made solidifying an NCAA Tournament bid difficult.
What has eluded the Rutgers women’s basketball team for the last several weeks — a marquee victory — did so again yesterday in Louisville, Ky. Although the Scarlet Knights’ opportunities to play ranked opponents this season have been scarce, they failed to take advantage of a golden one at the KFC Yum! Center.
As she sat down at the podium following the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s most lopsided win of the season Saturday, C. Vivian Stringer could not help but smile. The head coach had much to be proud of: season highs of 90 points on 60-percent shooting and 23 assists, as well as a season-low six turnovers. It all came together for the Scarlet Knights with the year winding down and postseason approaching.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper looks to stay out of foul trouble in RU’s rematch with Louisville. She picked up three fouls in seven minutes Jan. 28 at the RAC.
Tyler Scaife remembers the tireless summer days, the late nights and the grind she endured to prepare for what was coming. Well before the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s season began in November, the nation’s No. 1 point guard recruit, according to ESPNU HoopGurlz, made a commitment.
Freshman point guard Tyler Scaife said she often stayed up until 1 or 2 a.m. during the preseason, fine-tuning her skills in the gym to prepare for the hype that built up surrounding her status as a consensus top-10 recruit coming into the season. She is currently second on the team in scoring.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper said Scaife brings an impressive vision to the floor, which helps set up her teammates to be successful scorers in transition.
For as soundly as Kahleah Copper and Tyler Scaife electrified the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a combined 44 points, nine rebounds and six assists, their loudest ovations Saturday came when they exited the game. The 2,683 fans in attendance roared as the sophomore forward and freshman point guard went to the bench with 9:13 to play — a Rutgers women’s basketball team victory well in hand.
UCF forward Stephanie Taylor struggles in the post Saturday against Rutgers, which held UCF to just 26 points in the paint.
Guard Tyler Scaife drives down the RAC floor, where she finished with 22 points.
Back on Jan. 4, the Rutgers women’s basketball team needed more than 20 minutes of game time to pull away from Houston at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Last night in Texas, it took the Scarlet Knights hardly five minutes.Rutgers quickly imposed its will on the AAC’s bottom feeder, turning an early 18-3 run into a 19-point halftime lead and eventual 74-42 rout.
Sophomore wing Kahleah Copper scored 10 points in the first seven minutes of Rutgers’ 74-42 win at Houston last night. She also shot a perfect 8-for-8 on foul shots as RU missed only one as a team.
As the wins continue to pile up, the Rutgers women’s basketball team continues to solidify its NCAA Tournament resume. Though they lack many marquee victories, the Scarlet Knights (18-5, 9-3) have fended off the majority of unranked opponents and avoided bad losses. Rutgers extended its winning streak to three games Saturday at Southern Methodist after rallying from 9 points down in the final two minutes.