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Foul trouble plagued the Rutgers women’s basketball team against St. John’s.They never seemed to be able to put a consistent run together without being whistled for a foul that would halt their momentum.It was especially a problem in the paint, with key interior players being in foul trouble for most of the game.Senior center Ariel Butts had three fouls at halftime and four at the end of the third quarter.She started along with fellow center Rachel Hollivay in a big lineup for the Scarlet Knights.
The Louis Brown Athletic Center looked eerily similar Thursday night to the scene at the Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey, on Monday night.A change in venue was not enough to change the result for the Rutgers women’s basketball team as the Scarlet Knights created a near carbon copy of their performance against Seton Hall back, stumbling out of the blocks to start both halves, resulting in a 69-62 loss to St.
Junior guard Tyler Scaife rises toward the rim for two of her game-high, 23 points in the Knights 69-62 loss to St.John's.
C. Vivian Stringer wasn't the happiest after Rutgers' 77-49 blowout loss at Seton Hall, but the 21st-year head coach and the Knights have a shot to rebound in their home opener when they take on St. John's at the RAC on Thursday night at 7 p.m.
It has been a tale of two games for the Rutgers women's basketball team — first predator, then prey.The Scarlet Knights (1-1) began their season with a resounding 79-66 win over St.
After the Rutgers women’s basketball team went on a 12-0 run to end the first half to cut its deficit against Seton Hall to 32-28, it seemed like the Scarlet Knights were ready to get back into the game in the second half.The Knights dealt with early foul trouble and were sluggish from the field for most of the first half, but their late run made the game look competitive.But Seton Hall came out firing in the second half to silence any potential Rutgers comeback.Pirates forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith hit a 3-point shot on her team’s first possession of the second half and forward Tiffany Jones followed it with a block on the defensive end.This sent the crowd of 1,628 at Walsh Gymnasium into a frenzy.Jones then drove down court for a layup to give Seton Hall a nine-point lead at 37-28 and Rutgers head coach C.
After shooting the lights out in Philadelphia in the season opener, the Rutgers women’s basketball team regressed dramatically in game two at Seton Hall in South Orange, New Jersey Monday night.
Senior wing Kahleah Copper scored a team-high 17 points but she could nothing to stop a third quarter onslaught from Seton Hall.
Senior center Rachel Hollivay dropped 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds at Seton Hall Nov. 16, but it wasn't enough. The Pirates rolled the Knights 77-49.
It didn’t take long for them to prove their point.Senior wing Kahleah Copper and junior guard Tyler Scaife combined for 54 points to give the Rutgers women’s basketball team a 78-65 victory in the Scarlet Knights’ season opener, on the road at St.
As the preseason preparations start to wind down, the Rutgers women’s basketball team believes they are ready to take the next step forward in building from last year’s inaugural season in the Big Ten.The Scarlet Knights have spent the bulk of the offseason working on integrating a new mix of freshmen to play with their seniors, along with trying to improve their outside shooting.Three-point shooting was a problem area for the Knights' last season and they have made it a point of emphasis to become more efficient in that phase of the game in year two.Rutgers averaged just 2.3 three-point field goals per game last season, which ranked them 338 out of 343 Division I teams. They plan to get off to a better start this season in that regard as they prepare to play two road contests to start their year.The season opens Friday in Philadelphia against St.
She was not the first option last year. That distinction was held by the eventual No. 17 overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, then-senior wing Betnijah Laney, despite not being the leading scorer for the Rutgers women's basketball team. She didn't run the point either. Those duties were handled by teammates Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Briyona Canty. But this season, senior wing Kahleah Copper is ready to take her game to the next level.Copper earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors last season after leading the team with 16.3 points per game and pulling down 5.1 rebounds per contest.
Senior wing Kahleah Copper looks to push her game to new heights this year after posting a team-leading 16.3 points per game in her junior season.
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.