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When junior wing Betnijah Laney went down Nov. 17 with a high-ankle sprain, it was easy to write off the Rutgers women’s basketball team. In recent years, injuries to former key post players such as Monique Oliver and Chelsey Lee significantly hindered the Scarlet Knights. But head coach C. Vivian Stringer asserted before the season this team has a different feel.
Junior point guard Syessence Davis played some forward Friday against Howard in the absence of junior wing Betnijah Laney. Davis pulled down nine rebounds.
On countless trips down the floor of the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Friday night, Howard knew exactly where the Rutgers women’s basketball team was going with the ball. And the Bison could do nothing to stop it. Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay imposed her 6-foot-4 frame through undersized double and triple teams to set career highs with 26 points, 13 rebounds and nine blocks.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team had extra incentive to increase their percentage Friday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. “[Head] coach [C. Vivian Stringer] told us if we don’t shoot over 80 percent, we were going to run 55s [double suicides],” said sophomore guard Kahleah Copper. “So we made it important that we made free throws.”
Forward Rachel Hollivay dribbles in the lane Friday in the Knights’ 69-38 win.
Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay shoots one of her 11 free throws Friday night against Howard. She finished with 26 points, 13 boards and nine blocks.
Freshman point guard Tyler Scaife passes during her first-career start in Rutgers’ 69-38 victory Friday night against Howard. Scaife finished the start with 8 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Scaife also had four assists in the win, but only attempted two of her 10 shots in the second half.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team nearly pulled off a 13-point second-half comeback at Massachusetts Wednesday night, but the Scarlet Knights have some issues to resolve. Rutgers (3-1) recorded a season-low in rebounds (33) against the Minutewomen and have regressed the last two games in points in the paint.
Junior point guard Syessence Davis has embraced a leadership role in orchestrating Rutgers’ offense this season.
Playing for the first time without junior forward Betnijah Laney, who left Sunday’s game with a sprained ankle, the Rutgers women’s basketball team ended its three-game winning streak to begin the year. Massachusetts snapped it in last night’s 64-63 Scarlet Knights loss in Amherst, Mass.
Sophomore guard Briyona Canty sunk two 3-pointers last night against UMass as the Knights dropped a close game, 64-63.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team looks to continue its undefeated season tonight in Amherst, Mass., while Massachusetts (0-3) looks for its first win. The Scarlet Knights (3-0) needed a last-second bucket Sunday to beat LaSalle, 59-57. Junior point guard Syessence Davis drove the lane, drawing two defenders to her.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper leads the Knights with 18 PPG this season.
Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay is questionable to play against Massachusetts with a concussion sustained Nov. 13.
With 15 minutes left in the second half yesterday, the Louis Brown Athletic Center went silent. Junior forward Betnijah Laney took a hard fall on the baseline and lay in agony with her right knee buckled. As trainers helped her off the court, she was unable to put pressure on her right foot and did not return.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper topped her career high in points in both games this season for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Copper scored a career-high 26 points Wednesday against Northeastern and 16 Sunday against Princeton to top her previous best of 14 last January against Providence. Her 26 points against the Huskies were the most for a Knight since the 2010-11 season when Khadijah Rushdan had the same amount against North Carolina A&T.
Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer said on Media Day on Oct. 24 the Scarlet Knights expect to be vastly different this season.They are off to a good start. The Knights already have half as many road wins as they accumulated all of last season. Any doubts of Rutgers’ offensive success Sunday against Princeton being a product of the Louis Brown Athletic Center were quickly gone yesterday in Boston.
Sophomore guard Briyona Canty collected 12 points, two steals, five assists and five boards in Rutgers’ 65-51 win yesterday.
Sophomore guard Kahleah Copper tallied her first-career double-double yesterday.
Despite losing four of its top six scorers from last season, the Rutgers women’s basketball team proved after only one game that scoring might not be an issue this season. Six Scarlet Knights tallied double figures in the team’s season-opening 79-65 win Sunday against Princeton. Three are returning starters, but the others showed growth within the program.