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Rutgers head women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer will
take her squad on the road five more times this season, beginning
tonight with a matchup against St. John's at Carnesecca Arena.
Stringer and'Co. lost each of their last two games after winning
Junior forward Chelsey Lee struggled in the Scarlet Knights'
last two games, averaging just 4.5 points in the pair of conference
With the final stretch of the season winding down for the
Rutgers women's basketball team, consider it judgment day.
It was exactly what head coach C. Vivian Stringer did not want
Junior forward April'Sykes, the team's leading scorer this
season, eclipsed the 20-point mark in the Scarlet Knights' 63-44
loss to No. 2 Connecticut on Wednesday at home. The Starkville,
Miss., native averages 14.2 points per game this season.
The last time Rutgers head women's basketball coach C. Vivian
Stringer matched wits with Louisville head coach Jeff Walz, the
Scarlet Knights cruised to a 20-point victory.
Junior Jaymee Tucker scored one point on a late foul shot last
night in her first game as a Scarlet Knight after walking on to the
Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan averaged 13.7 points per game
entering last night's contest, but managed just two points against
Connecticut while dishing out nine assists and grabbing nine
Junior forward April Sykes scored a game-high 20 points last
night against No. 2 Connecticut, which turned a three-point
halftime advantage into a 19-point victory at the Louis Brown
Athletic Center. Sykes shot 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
There were plenty of instances when the Rutgers women's
basketball team managed to send the Louis Brown Athletic Center
crowd into a frenzy last night in Piscataway. But these flashes did
not light up the scoreboard enough in the Scarlet Knights'
Rutgers junior April Sykes got the fans on their feet for one of
the loudest cheers of the season in the first minute of action last
night against No. 2 Connecticut. Sykes stripped the ball from Husky
freshman Bria Hartley at midcourt and put the Knights ahead, 2-0,
with a transition layup.
Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan is the only member of the Scarlet
Knights' squad that claims a victory over Connecticut in her
career. The Wilmington, Del., native is second on the team in
scoring and averages 13.3 points per game over the past three
There is no other way around it; the Rutgers women's basketball
team is taking on arguably the greatest women's basketball team
ever assembled tonight when they play No. 2 Connecticut in
Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan separates her shoulder in the
first half after falling on it while coming down from an attempted
Junior forward Chelsey Lee registered her third consecutive
double-double with a 15-point, 12-rebound performance Saturday
afternoon at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Lee tied for the team
lead in scoring with sophomore center Monique Oliver in a 60-39
victory over Big'East-opponent Providence.
A quick glance at the Rutgers women's basketball team's 60-39
thrashing of Providence Saturday afternoon would make it appear
that the squad got the tune-up it needed in preparation for No. 2
The Rutgers women's basketball team held its breath for a long
minute while Khadijah Rushdan lay on the floor in agony.
Junior guard Khadijah Rushdan is the leading scorer for the
Knights this season, averaging 14.0 points per contest. The
Wilmington, Del., native is left to shoulder much of the load in
the backcourt in the absence of junior guard Nikki Speed, who is
out indefinitely with an ankle injury.
The way head coach C. Vivian Stringer sees it, she's stealing
Sophomore center Monique Oliver is carrying the Knights in
Big'East play, when she averages 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per
game over four Rutgers victories.