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Coaches generally like to have balance in their roster in terms of newcomers and veterans.It helps breed competition and discourages complacency while creating natural leadership situations in which seniors will help guide freshmen through the rigors of the season.For the Rutgers women’s basketball team, there is an even split between freshmen and seniors on the roster — five apiece.
Tyler Scaife has achieved plenty during her first two seasons at Rutgers.The junior guard was named the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2013 after leading all freshmen in the conference with 14.5 points per game.She followed that up with a strong performance during the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s inaugural season in the Big Ten, starting in all 33 games for the Scarlet Knights and being named an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten member by the coaches and media.But the Little Rock, Arkansas, native has dealt with more than just the conference change in her time on the Banks.
They say this year will be different.Entering the 2015-16 season, the Rutgers women's basketball team is poised to push its play to new heights after faltering in the latter portion of last season.The Scarlet Knights started fast in 2014, ripping off 20 wins in their first 26 games.
It was so close that one single winner couldn’t be picked.The historical seasons put on display over the past year by Jackie Bates and Betnijah Laney ultimately led to the pair of athletes sharing The Daily Targum’s Co-Female Athletes of the Year.While Bates enters the final leg of her senior year patrolling centerfield for the Rutgers softball team as the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio, looms on Thursday, Laney’s career season has been in the books since March.Over the span of the Rutgers women’s basketball team’s 2014-15 campaign, the Scarlet Knights compiled a 23-10 overall record with a 12-6 mark in their first year as a member of the Big Ten.Laney was the biggest pillar for the Scarlet Knights’ success.After seeing gradual improvement throughout each of her first three years, Laney broke out to leave a lasting legacy in her final season on the banks.
In a rematch of two former Big East rivals, the 8-seed Rutgers women’s basketball team fell once again to the top-seeded Connecticut Huskies, 91-55, last night.Despite an impassioned effort in the first 10 minutes by the Scarlet Knights, the Huskies proved why they are considered the favorite to win their third national championship in a row.
In what ended up being her final game as a Scarlet Knight, senior wing Betnijah Laney managed to chip in 11 points and just four rebounds. Rutgers struggled all night long to keep up with top-seeded UConn, which advanced to the Sweet 16 after pounding Rutgers, 91-56, on its home floor in Storrs.
With the regular season and Big Ten Tournament over, there is only one thing the Rutgers women’s basketball team can do now — wait.Wait for a potential spot in the NCAA Tournament, a proposition that has eluded the Scarlet Knights since 2012.After last year’s downward spiral and losing four of their last six games, the Knights were omitted from the tournament field by the selection committee.
Despite a roller coaster end to the season, senior wing Betnijah Laney and the Knights remain determined that their overall resume bodes well for their at-large NCAA Tournament hopes.
For the first 20 minutes, it seemed as if the Rutgers women’s basketball team could do no wrong.The No. 23 Scarlet Knights (22-9, 12-6) came out firing in the first half against No. 24 Northwestern (23-7, 12-6), and went into halftime with a 37-27 lead.But the Knights’ aspirations of advancing and making a run deep into the Big Ten Tournament were erased once the second half began.
As the temperatures across the New Brunswick and Piscataway areas continue to drop, there is one place where things are heating up at the perfect time.The Rutgers women’s basketball team, in the confines of their home court in the Louis Brown Athletic Center, has been playing some of its strongest basketball in recent weeks.
Coming off of its bounce back victory against Purdue last Saturday, the Rutgers women’s basketball team will look to build a new win streak starting tonight against Illinois.The Scarlet Knights (19-6, 10-4) have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, including a six-game winning streak during that span.With only four games remaining in the regular season, every game is critical now for tournament play and postseason seeding.
Junior wing Kahleah Copper poured in 24 points on Sunday in the Knights rout of Purdue at the RAC. Rutgers hopes to avoid a slip-up against upset-minded Illinois when the two schools matchup tonight.
As Big Ten Conference play reaches its peak, the No. 21 Rutgers women’s basketball team has hit its stride at the right time.
Junior guard Cynthia Hernandez has been a catalyst for Rutgers off the bench, highlighted by a season-high 17 points at Wisconsin.
Since the loss to No. 5 Maryland on Jan. 15, the No. 22 Rutgers women’s basketball team has rattled off four straight victories.
Sophomore guard Tyler Scaife slides past a defender on Sunday against Penn State at the RAC. Scaife complemeted Copper’s game-high 25 points with 21 of her own in the win.
Junior wing Kahleah Copper flies to the hoop for two of her game-high 25 points on Sunday at the RAC. Despite a late Nittany Lions rally, the Knights pulled away in the final four minutes on a 12-3 run.
Junior wing Kahleah Coppper dropped a game-high 21 points to guide the Knights to their third consecutive win Thursday night against Purdue.
After its critical home win against Minnesota on Sunday, the Rutgers women’s basketball team followed up with a strong win on the road Thursday night against Purdue.
Fresh off a season-high 28 points, sophomore guard Tyler Scaife hopes to continue her hot streak when she and the Knights take on Purdue in a Big Ten road matchup.