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HARTFORD, Conn. — With a second win over ranked Marquette this
season, the Rutgers women's basketball team (19-11, 11-5) advanced
to the semifinals tonight with the daunting task of facing
Connecticut, which stands in the way of its first Big East
Championship game since 2007.
HARTFORD, Conn. –– Entering the Big East Tournament on a
double-bye is not something head coach C. Vivian Stringer
Junior forward April'Sykes scored 16 second-half points against
Marquette yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament
at the XL'Center, giving the Starkville, Miss., native 22
double-figure efforts this season.
Sophomore center Monique Oliver contributed 18 points and seven
rebounds against'Marquette, sending the Knights into a semifinal
date tonight at 6 p.m. with Connecticut.
Junior point guard Khadijah Rushdan, left, contributed 10 boards
yesterday to go along with eight assists against Marquette.
The Rutgers women's basketball team has mixed emotions about
receiving the No. 4 seed in the Big East tournament.
Junior guard Nikki Speed has seen limited action in the Knights'
past three games, as she continues to recover from an ankle injury
sustained early in the season.
Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan, who earned a spot on the All-Big
East Second Team yesterday, leads the youthful Knights' backcourt
into its opening round Big East Tournament matchup Sunday at the XL
Center in Hardford, Conn.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Only two games ago did a one-win Big East
squad give the Rutgers women's basketball team everything it had on
its home floor.
Junior forward April Sykes led all scorers last night with a
25-point performance at Seton'Hall. The Starkville, Miss., native
shot 11-for-17 from the field and knocked down a trio of 3-pointers
in the Scarlet Knights' 71-47 win.
With a new floor installed before the start of the season, the
Rutgers women's basketball team stated early and often that this
year was about using the home-court advantage offered by the Louis
Brown Athletic Center.
The Rutgers women's basketball team is no stranger to starting
games off slowly.
Sophomore guard Erica Wheeler recorded a career performance
Saturday, scoring a team-high 22 points.
Freshman guard Daisha Simmons made her second career start
Saturday, when she scored five points in 25 minutes.
Junior forward April Sykes, the Knights' leading scorer, came
out firing in Rutgers' 67-58 victory over West Virginia on
Saturday, scoring 13 points in the first half. The Starkville,
Miss., native went on to finish second on the team in scoring with
It did not take long for head coach C. Vivian Stringer and the
Rutgers women's basketball team to get back on the Louis Brown
Athletic Center floor after the first half against South Florida.
The Scarlet Knights came back to the hardwood down nine with six
minutes to spare before the second half began and quickly did
enough to earn a victory over the inferior conference opponent.
Junior forward Chelsey Lee got back to her early season form
over the past four contests, as the Parkway Academy (Fla.) product
averages 14.2 points per game in that span. The Miami native most
recently scored 18 points against South Florida.
C.'Vivian'Stringer has her team riding a two-game winning streak
entering tomorrow's afternoon matchup with West Virginia.
On Selection Monday in two weeks, a home loss to South Florida
is like a scrawny kid in gym class. It screams, "don't pick
Turnover by turnover and one questionable foul call after the
next, everything seemed to work against the Rutgers women's
basketball team last night against South Florida at the Louis Brown