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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.
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife earned AAC Rookie of the Week on Monday for the fourth time in the past five weeks.
Junior wing Betnijah Laney’s versatility has been instrumental in RU establishing a more balanced attack on offense this season. The Knights have scored at least 60 points in 21 games entering tonight’s contest at Houston.
With only 110 seconds to go Saturday at Southern Methodist, the Rutgers women’s basketball team stared at its largest deficit of the afternoon.The Mustangs led, 59-50. The upset was all but complete. SMU just needed to make its free throws.
Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay provided the game-winning tip-in shot as time expired for RU on Saturday at Southern Methodist.
For the first time this season, sophomore guard Kahleah Copper was on the bench for tipoff. She was favoring her ankle in the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s 66-48 victory over Memphis last Saturday, a game in which she only played 16 minutes. Copper, who leads the team in scoring, averaged just less than 30 minutes per game in 21 starts entering last night’s matchup.
Another 2-3 zone defense arrived at the Louis Brown Athletic Center last night, and the Rutgers women’s basketball team again struggled to play consistently in the half court. Cincinnati employed the blueprint that has stymied the Scarlet Knights’ up-tempo offense for much of conference play. It produced immediate results.
Freshman point guard Tyler Scaife looks for an open teammate as she finished with a game-high 18 points on 8-for-13 shooting.
Scaife made a 3-pointer with five minutes left in the game to give Rutgers a 52-44 lead.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half. She played 30 minutes despite an ankle injury.
Betnijah Laney often stresses in postgame interviews how quickly the Rutgers women’s basketball team moves on from one game and looks forward to the next. Yet the junior wing never forgot how the Scarlet Knights felt Jan. 14 when Memphis erased Rutgers’ 11-point second-half lead en route to a 74-73 overtime upset win in Tennessee.
Junior wing Betnijah Laney collected 11 points and 10 rebounds in Rutgers’ blowout win Saturday at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
As demoralized as the Rutgers women’s basketball team felt after its 80-71 loss Tuesday night to No. 5 Louisville, to some degree the late collapse was expected. The Scarlet Knights are still a young team just beginning to reestablish national prominence, while the Cardinals are a veteran program building on a 2013 national title game appearance.