PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (November 21, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team went on a 23-2 run and kept the Temple Owls scoreless over a period of seven and a half minutes in the first half en-route to a 66-50 win Wednesday night at McGonigle Hall.
The victory improves Rutgers to 2-1 on the season, while Temple falls to 3-2 overall.
The Scarlet Knights were able to capitalize on 24 Owl turnovers leading to 29 points. Fourteen of those 24 Temple turnovers occurred in the opening stanza, resulting in 20 of Rutgers’ 31 first half points.
After starting the game shooting just 1-of-7 from the field with only two points in the game’s first four minutes, the Scarlet Knights erupted into its 23-2 run. Sophomore Shakena Richardson (Nepturne, N.J.) started the Rutgers run as seven different Knights got into the scoring mix. After Richardson’s jumper, a pair of free throws by senior Chelsey Lee (Miami, Fla.) gave Rutgers the lead for good with 14:22 in the first half.
Temple’s Rateska Brown stopped Temple’s scoring drought with 3:30 on the clock, but by then Rutgers held a 25-9 advantage and would lead by double digits the rest of the way.
Rutgers finished out first half action shooting 42 percent from the floor with a 31-14 lead.
Despite being outscored, 36-35, in the second half, the Owls never got closer than 14 in the game’s final minutes.
Temple’s Victoria Macaulay, who entered the game averaging 17.5 points per game, was limited to only six points, including just two points in the first half of play.
Senior Erica Wheeler (Miami, Fla.) led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting along with four assists and four steals. Sophomore Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) added in 13 in the victory along with a team-high seven rebounds and three assists.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday, November 25th against Davidson at the RAC. Tip-off is 2:00 p.m.
With Wednesday’s win over Temple, Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer needs just 13 victories to reach the 900-career win mark. Coach Stringer has collected 887 career victories to-date and is first among active coaches in career wins.
WE’LL MEET AGAIN:
The Scarlet Knights and Owls will conference rivals once again for a brief period when Temple joins the BIG EAST next season. Rutgers and Temple were once conference foes as members of the Atlantic-10.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN:
Rutgers improved to 1-1 on the road this season. Next road game will be just right down Route 1 when the Scarlet Knights travel to meet the Princeton Tigers next Thursday night.
AND YOUTH SHALL LEAD YOU:
Not only did all four freshman score in Wednesday night’s win over Temple, all four scored points by halftime. The Scarlet Knight newcomers accounted for 19 points led by Kahleah Copper with seven points and Rachel Hollivay with six points.
Betnijah Laney surpassed her season-high with nine first half points en-route to 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Laney had seven points at #10/11 Georgia. Laney also tied her season mark with seven boards.
NUMBERS MORE LIKE IT:
After committing 26 turnovers and handing out only nine assists at #10/11 Georgia and turning the ball over 25 times and capturing only 10 assists, the Scarlet Knights dished out 18 assists and only turned the ball over 12 times at Temple.
Rutgers continued its improvement from the free throw line connecting of 13 of its 17 shots from the line. Freshman Kahleah Copper went a perfect 3-of-3 from the stripe, while senior Chelsey Lee went 7-for-9 and sophomore Shakena Richards hit 3-of-4.
ON THE BOARDS:
The Owls held a 39-33 rebounding advantage over the Scarlet Knights marking the first time Rutgers has been outrebounded by its opponent.
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