PISCATWAY, N.J. (December 1, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team will be looking to put its loss at Princeton Thursday night behind them as they travel to meet Boston College on Sunday. The game will be air on WCTC (1450 am) with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call and on WRSU with Dominic DiLeo and Alex Lo calling the action. Fans can also view the game on their computer at www.BCEagles.com.
Rutgers had its three-game win streak snapped and suffered its first loss to in-state rival since 1976 on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights fell 71-55 to the three-time defending Ivy League champions.
Senior forward/center Monique Oliver, who has led RU in scoring in the last two games with 15 points against Davidson and 12 points at Princeton, is leads a trio of Scarlet Knights averaging double figures. Oliver leads RU with 13.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Fellow classmate Erica Wheeler serves as the Knights’ second leading scorer at 10.6 points per game along with 5.0 assists per contest. She is closely followed by sophomore Betnijah Laney at 10.0 points and 4.6 boards per game.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. PRINCETON
The Rutgers women’s basketball team had its three-game win streak come to a halt with a 71-55 loss at Princeton Thursday night at Jadwin Gym.
The Tigers led wire-to-wire opening the game with a 7-4 lead and never looking back. The Scarlet Knights trailed by as many as 19 in the first half as the Tigers led 30-11 with just under six minutes left until the half. Rutgers went into the locker room trailing Princeton, 38-22.
The Tigers extended their lead to 25, 51-26, with 13:33 left in the game. Rutgers pulled to within 12 late in the game thanks in part to 10 Tigers turnovers leading to nine Scarlet Knight points.
RU was led by Oliver with 12 points and six rebounds. She also swatted away a trio of Tiger shots to take over fifth place on the Rutgers all-time blocks leaders list. Sophomore Shakena Richardson came off the bench for a career-high 10 points. Wheeler added in nine points and a season-high five steals.
The Boston College Eagles are currently 4-3 overall and are coming off a 67-62 home loss Northwestern on Wednesday. At Conte Forum, BC’s home court, the Eagles are 2-1 on the year with wins over BYU (62-56) and New Hampshire (64-59).
The Eagles have four averaging double figures led by junior forward Katie Zenevitch with 13.9 points per and 9.3 rebounds per game. Zenevitch is also shooting a team-best 51.4 percent from the floor. She is followed by rookie guard Nicole Boudreau with 12.6 points and 3.7 rebounds while senior guard Kerri Shields is third on the stat sheet with 12.1 points per game. Junior forward Kristen Doherty rounds out the BC double figure scorers with 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds along with a team-leading 13 steals in seven games.
BC is under the directon of first-year head coach Erik Johnson, who comes to Boston after a four-year stint at the University of Denver. at Denver, Johnson posted a 72-52 overall record, including a 24-4 home court record in his final two years. He was a former assistant coach under former BC head coach Cathy Inglese from 2006-08.
Last season the Eagles finished at 7-23 overall and 2-14 in the ACC with a 10th place finish. Picked to finish 12th in the Preseason ACC Poll, the Eagles return four starters and seven letterwinners and welcome three freshman and a pair of transfers.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH BC
The one-time BIG EAST rivals meet up for the 24th time in history with the Scarlet Knights leading the all-time series 14-9. RU has won four of the last five meeting including a 74-58 victory in the last meeting on Nov. 16, 2011.
LAST TIME VS. BC
Monique Oliver recorded her third career double-double with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the Rutgers women’s basketball team defeated Boston College, 74-58, on Nov. 11, 2011 at the RAC. Former guard Khadijah Rushdan also scored in double-figures with 15 points.
Rutgers led by as many as 19 points in the first half, taking a 34-15 lead over Boston College with 2:43 left to play in the opening period. For the second-straight game, Oliver led the offensive effort, scoring a team-best nine first-half points. Rushdan chipped in with eight points, while freshman guard Briyona Canty added eight off the bench.
The Scarlet Knights were fueled by defense in the first half, forcing 14 turnovers which resulted in 16 points. Most of those points came on the run as Rutgers posted 14 fast break points, while holding the Eagles without a single fast break basket. RU also dominated in the paint, outscoring BC 28-12.
Rutgers went into halftime leading 40-23. The Eagles narrowed the gap following the intermission, outscoring RU 15-7 to open the second half. BC cut the Scarlet Knights’ 17-point lead down to five as RU led 51-46 with 8:30 left on the clock.
RU stepped up its defensive intensity once again, forcing BC into five turnovers in the last seven minutes of play. Former guard April Sykes (scored nine of the team’s final 16 points to give the Scarlet Knights a comfortable lead in the 16-point win (74-58).
Betnijah Laney added nine points, while classmates Shakena Richardson, Syessence Davis and Christa Evans. scored four points apiece.
SECOND HALF SILVER LINING:
After trailing Princeton 38-22 at the half on Thursday, both RU and the Tigers scored 33 points in the second the second half. After going 0-for-2 in first half action, sophomore guard Shakena Richardson came off the bench to notch a career-best 10 second points shooting 3-of-5, including a three, from the floor and connecting on3-of-4 at the line in the second half.
MOVING UP THE LIST:
Erica Wheeler’s lone three-pointer at Princeton brought her career total to 113, putting her at a eighth on the made three-pointers list. She moved past a four-way tie for eighth place with former Knights Liz Hansen (1992-96), Matee Ajavon (2004-08), and Mauri Horton (1999-2003). She needs 19 more three-pointers to pass Epiphanny Prince (2006-09) for seventh all-time.
After ten shots behind the arc vs. Davidson, Wheeler moved up to ninth in the attempted three-pointer category and currently has 353 three-point attempts in her four-year career. She recently passed Mauri Horton (1999-03) who previously sat in ninth with 339. She needs 23 more attempts to move past Matee Ajavaon (2004-08) into eighth .
OLIVER NEARS 1,000-POINT MARK
Senior center Monique Oliver will be looking to become the 32nd Scarlet Knight to join the 1,000-point club needing just 24 more points to join the list.
OLIVER HOSTING BLOCK PARTY
Senior center Monique Oliver moved into sole possession of fifth on Rutgers all-time blocked shots leaders list with her three rejections on Nov. 29 at Princeton surpassing Tammy Sutton-Brown (1998-2002). Oliver has 151 career blocks to her credit. Tanya Hansen (1988-92) sits in fourth place all-time with 245 career blocks.
This season, Oliver could become just the fifth Scarlet Knight with 200 career blocks and just the fourth Scarlet Knight with over 1,000 career points and 200 career blocks.
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