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The return of head coach C. Vivian Stringer to the sideline could not remedy the struggles on the road for the Rutgers women’s basketball team. A 59-48 loss to Michigan State in East Lansing continued the downward trend for the Scarlet Knights (12-7, 3-4) on Tuesday night, dropping their record on road to 1-6 on the year and stretching their streak to seven straight losses against Big Ten road opponents.Junior guard Tyler Scaife’s 24 points weren’t enough to deter a relentless push by the Spartans (14-4, 5-2) down the stretch.
The new year has not been kind to the Rutgers women's basketball team. After winning nine of 10 games to close out 2015, the Scarlet Knights (12-5, 3-3) have suffered a prolonged hangover in the current calendar year. The Knights have begun 2016 with a 2-3 mark, with all three defeats coming on the road.That is a concern not new to January.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returned home to the Louis BrowncAthletic Center on Wednesday night in search of some home cooking to avenge a road defeat against Ohio State in their previous game.The Scarlet Knights (12-5, 3-2) were able to do just that by throttling a reeling Illinois squad, defeating the Illini by a score of 67-54. It was the eight straight victory at the RAC for the Knights, while they handed Illinois (7-9, 0-5) their eight straight loss.The Knights were led by junior guard Tyler Scaife, who was sizzling all night and finished with 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field.They got off to a quick start, finishing the first quarter with a 20-9 lead in which they controlled both ends of the floor.The Knights now hold a 205-134 over their opponents in the first quarter in games they have won this season. It was important for them to get off to a quick start against a team that has been struggling, and they seized the opportunity by asserting themselves with a fast style of play.In total, they finished the opening period by shooting 9-for-12 from the field. Rutgers continued with their offensive firepower into the second quarter, and they took a 38-26 lead going into halftime.They shot 16-for-29 from the field in the first half, good for a 55.2% clip. Scaife made six of her seven shot attempts in the half, pacing the Knights with 14 points.In the second half, she shot 5-for-7, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, scoring 13 more points to give her a total of 27 on the night. It seemed to be one of those nights where the shots were just falling, and Scaife gave the Knights consistent scoring through both halves of this conference matchup.“Bri [Canty], [Rachel] Hollivay, and Kahleah [Copper], everyone has been finding me in my spots and I’ve been making my shots.” Scaife said.***Senior wing Kahleah Copper made some history in the game and continued to provide scoring and rebounding for the Knights. By finishing with 15 points, she moved up to ninth place on the school’s all-time scoring list, passing former Rutgers standout and current WNBA all-star Epiphany Prince.The Preseason All-Big Ten wing added 11 rebounds to finish with her seventh double-double of the season, and the fourth in her last five games. Though she shot just 5-for-16 in the game, her poise and crashing of the boards on both ends has given the Knights a spark the whole season, and has led to an improvement in her all-around game.She has spoken throughout the season about the importance of helping the post players on the boards, and along with Scaife, who also added five rebounds, the Knights have been seeing more success garnering rebounds lately.“Coach made a great point to us in practice one day about owning two things, and I noticed that I didn’t own two things, so I took that information in and tried to convert it into my game,” she said.
Tyler Scaife’s star continues to rise. Wednesday night the junior point guard dropped 27 points while shooting 78.5 percent and the Rutgers women’s basketball team expanded Illinois’ winless streak in the Big Ten and on the road, handling the Illini (7-9, 0-5) 67-54 for the Scarlet Knights eighth-straight win at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.Scaife scored 14 points in the first quarter en route to 10-of-13 shooting for the game but she was not alone on the offensive end.
Senior cneter Rachel Hollivay elevates to finish a putback in the third quarter of Rutgers 67-54 win over Illinois at the RAC Wednesday night. Hollivay posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds while shutting down the Illini's most potent offensive threat, center Chatrice White.
Junior point guard Tyler Scaife takes flight to finish a beautiful finger roll for two of her 27 points in Rutgers 67-54 win over Illinois at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Wednesday night. Scaife is averaging 23.7 points per contest over her last three games.
After stumbling out of the blocks to start, the Rutgers women's basketball team rebounded to rout visiting Wisconsin, 61-41, at the Rutgers Athletic Center on Thursday night.The Scarlet Knights (11-4, 2-1) hit just one of their first 10 shots to open the contest, but a strong defensive effort led by junior guard Tyler Scaife gave them an opportunity to regroup before pouring it on the Badgers (5-8, 1-2). An 11-0 run to start the third quarter led to 36-point second half points, ultimately fueling a 20-point win.Senior wing Kahleah Copper had a complete game, leading all scorers with 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to give Rutgers its seventh consecutive win at the RAC.Copper scored 12 points in the second half in part because of the energy she was gaining from pulling down rebounds, she said.“Getting rebounds and just putbacks, that just gives me easy points,” she said.
Senior wing Kahleah Copper led all scorers with 19 points and all rebounders with 13 boards in Rutgers 61-41 rout of Wisconsin Jan. 7,
Freshman guard KK Sanders drives the lane in her second start at the collegiate level against Wisconsin.
Senior guard Briyona Canty scored 11 points off the bench to help lift the Knights to their seventh consecutive win at the RAC.
Shirita Parker releases a shot from the wing in the third quarter of the Knights 61-41 win over Wisconsin Thursday night. Parker finished with five points and five rebounds.
Not even a visit from perennial powerhouse LSU was enough to derail the Rutgers women’s basketball team as the Scarlet Knights rolled the Lady Tigers 69-57 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
Freshman guard KK Sanders hits a jumper from the foul line in the Knights 69-57 win over LSU on Saturday afternoon. Sanders career-high 12 points made the difference in Rutgers fourth-straight win to close the non-conference schedule 9-3.
It ended with a 25-point margin of victory, but it was never even close.The Rutgers women’s basketball team set the tone early against Iona, making a 7-0 run from the opening tip and carrying that momentum to close the first quarter with a 29-10 lead.
Win the games you are supposed to win, and the rest will sort itself out.It’s an old slogan that rarely rang more true than for the Rutgers women's basketball team regarding the Scarlet Knights' next two scheduled games.The Knights (6-3) will take on Iona (2-5) on Wednesday before matching up with Savannah State (2-6) on Sunday, with both games coming at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.Scarlet and White won last year's matchup, 66-58, in New Rochelle, when senior wing Kahleah Copper poured in a team-high 19 points.Rutgers will try to build on its 20-point win over Arkansas last Sunday, now with a legitimate shot to assemble a three-game winning streak before hosting SEC powerhouse Louisiana State at the RAC next Saturday.But the first order of business will be the game with the Gaels.Iona takes the ride down the New Jersey Turnpike to Piscataway pushing for back-to-back wins over schools from Central Jersey after defeating Rider, 59-46, on Sunday.Junior guard Tyler Scaife is coming off a 24-point performance versus the Razorbacks where the Little Rock native continued her near-spotless shooting from the free throw line, knocking down all four of her attempts from the charity stripe.Scaife has missed just one free throw in 29 tries in her junior season, ranking second in the nation in free throw percentage (96.6), according to NCAA.com.The 5-foot-7 guard believes that getting to the line early in games allows her to get into a shooting groove from the field.“I was attacking the rim early on,” Scaife said after the 60-40 win over the team from her home state.
She positions herself behind the 3-point line awaiting an opportunity. And then it comes, often on a swing pass where her teammates rotate them the ball quickly around the perimeter.Once the ball is in her hands she takes flight, rising from the floor to align her eyes with the circular target.At the top of her vertical she releases, flicking her wrist toward the rim and following through until her fingertips run nearly parallel to her forearm.
Senior guard Cynthia Hernandez used to spend hours after grade school perfecting her shot, needing 200 shots to go down before she was permitted to return home. Hernandez has made more 3-pointers (35) than any other player on the Rutgers roster since arriving on the Banks.
It felt good for the Rutgers women’s basketball team to return home to play at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Senior center Rachel Hollivay scored six points and grabbed six rebounds in Rutgers 60-40 win over Arkansas at the Louis Brown Athletic Center Dec. 6.