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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Though the Rutgers women's
basketball team won two out of three games at the Paradise Jam
Tournament and won the championship of its division in a
tiebreaker, the Scarlet Knights view this weekend as the one that
Rutgers senior guard Brittany Ray exploded for 56 points in
three games en route to earning the Most Valuable Player award in
this weekend's Paradise Jam Tournament.
On the road against No. 16 Georgia, the Rutgers women's
basketball team needed a big performance to stay close in Athens.
While they got the showing they needed, the Scarlet Knights came a
hair short of the upset, falling to the Bulldogs 49-48.
Sophomore point guard Khadijah Rushdan left yesterday's 49-48
defeat at Georgia with a suspected knee injury.
In the Rutgers women's basketball team 85-49 rout of Kean
Tuesday, the Cougars had no center to throw at the Scarlet Knights.
Two of their starting forwards were generously listed at 5-foot-11,
and none matched up with the Knights' size.
The Rutgers women's basketball team can attribute last night's
blowout to one thing —second-half defense.
Heading into yesterday's game against Kean, Rutgers head coach
C. Vivian Stringer said her team could not afford to disrespect its
opponent and take a day off from competition.
Typically, the first game of the basketball season is scheduled
against a patsy.
Epiphanny Prince single-handedly won games last year, scoring
nearly 20 points per game and representing 30 percent of the team's
Khadijah Rushdan knows how to score — just ask anyone in the
state of Delaware.
This year is going to be a strange one.
For someone who admittedly looks forward to a challenge, the
upcoming season for the Rutgers women's basketball team should not
disappoint head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer has to find a way to replace
Epiphanny Prince, Kia Vaughn and Heather Zurich.
Senior guard Brittany Ray, right, started in all 33 games last
Sophomore Khadijah Rushdan, right, has to help replace the
scoring lost when Epiphanny Prince left school early.
Brittany Ray is without her partner.
When asked about the tall task the trio of freshman face this
season, C. Vivian Stringer put it best.
After last year's freshman class posted 2.1 points per game as a
unit, this year's first-year trio of, left to right, Christine
Huber, Erica Wheeler and Monique Oliver, are expected to make an
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Though the Rutgers women's
basketball team had only five players on the court against
Mississippi State Friday, they may as well have had six the way
Brittany Ray was scoring.