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At times last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, the play
of the No. 11 Rutgers women’s basketball team had head coach C.
Vivian Stringer seated calmly on the Scarlet Knights’ bench,
clapping in approval. At others, the Hall of Fame head coach
angrily jolted up in response to the Knights’ (7-0) poor play. But
for as many times as Stringer’s mood appeared to change on the
Rutgers bench, one thing remained constant throughout the team’s
battle with visiting Temple: the Knights’ ongoing offensive
The Rutgers women's basketball team came out
of the gate a completely different team than the one that started
the first six games. The Scarlet Knights have been prone to slow
starts so far this season, picking up the intensity as each game
went on. Against Arizona State on Saturday, the Knights quickly
worked into a 7-0 deficit. But in last night's 70-51 victory
against Temple, Rutgers scored on each of its first six
possessions, putting up 12 points in the first four minutes.
Senior forward April Sykes led the Scarlet Knights in scoring
last night against Temple with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting to
follow up her MVP performance last weekend in the San Juan
Junior center Monique Oliver led the Knights on the boards with
seven rebounds to go along with 15 points. Oliver got back on track
to the near double-double form she showed to start the year.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer and the Knights
beat Temple for the first time in the past three tries last night
at the RAC.
Guard Khadijah Rushdan continues to lead the
offense with 16 points. Rushdan and April Sykes tie for the
Knights' scoring lead this season with 13.3 points per game.
There is a dynamic freshman class, a pair of deadly jump
shooters and then there is fifth-year senior Khadijah Rushdan.
Through the No. 11 Rutgers women’s team’s first six games, Rushdan
proved most indispensable, said head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
“Khadijah is playing all positions,” Stringer said. “If she needs
to run the point, then she’s going to do that. If she needs to be
on the front end of a break and finish, she does that. This girl to
me is the best utility player.”
After a slow start to the season, senior forward April Sykes
upped her scoring average to 12.3 points per game.
Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan leads Rutgers with 12.8 points per
game, helping the team to a 6-0 start. She is the only Knight this
year to eclipse the 20-point mark, doing so against La Salle.
Rushdan played every position this season other than center.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer has her team up to No. 11 in the
AP Poll in her 17th season on the sidelines as Rutgers’ coach.
It was tough to gauge which April Sykes the No. 13 Rutgers
women’s basketball team would get heading into the San Juan
Shootout — the Scarlet Knights’ leading scorer last season or the
inconsistent shooter of the previous two. After the senior forward
earned the San Juan Shootout Most Valuable Player award, it was
clear what version head coach C. Vivian Stringer had on the
Senior forward April Sykes led the Knights with 16 and 14
points, respectively, in wins against Georgia Tech and Arizona
PHILADELPHIA — The No. 15 Rutgers women’s basketball team
entered the Tom Gola Arena last night to face La Salle with the
same approach as any other game. Whether the Scarlet Knights were
awake prior to tipoff, however, remained a question to head coach
C. Vivian Stringer following the team’s hard fought 61-48 victory.
By all indications, the Knights would be wise to invest in new
Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan led the Knights with 20 points as
the first Rutgers player to reach the 20-point mark this
PHILADELPHIA — Monique Oliver was on the court more than anyone
on the Rutgers women’s basketball team for the third consecutive
game against La Salle on Saturday, when the junior center logged 31
minutes. But for the first time this season, Oliver was not a
dominant force in the Scarlet Knights’ 61-48 victory. Oliver
finished with five points and five rebounds against the Explorers,
deviating from her previous near double-double average.
The No. 15 Rutgers women’s basketball team looks to stay
undefeated tomorrow when it takes on LaSalle in Philadelphia. The
Scarlet Knights (2-0) implemented head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s
55-press to perfection in their first two games, forcing the
opposition into 45 turnovers while making 28 steals. Junior center
Monique Oliver tied for the team-lead in points in each of the
Knights’ first two wins, scoring 18 points against California and
15 points to go with 10 rebounds against Boston College.
There are a number of reasons the No. 15 Rutgers women’s
basketball is off to its fastest start since the 2008-09 season.
But the Scarlet Knights’ speed again proved their biggest asset
last night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, where they beat
Boston College, 74-58. “This group is a quick group — there’s no
question about that,” said head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team saw a smaller lineup last
night against Boston College than it did Sunday against California.
The Eagles have only one starter taller than 6-foot, while the
Scarlet Knights sport three starters who break the 6-foot mark.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer exploited that size difference on
both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.
Senior point guard Khadijah Rushdan contributed 15 points and
four assists last night in the Scarlet Knights’ 74-58 win against
visiting Boston?College. Rutgers forced 21 turnovers in the
contest, converting 27 points off the Eagles’ giveaways.
Senior forward April Sykes had a slow start to the game, but
finished with nine points, all in the final five minutes of