BOSTON, Mass. (December 2, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Boston College, 58-56, at Conte Forum Sunday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights overcame an 11-point first half deficit to take its first lead since the early moments of the game with four minutes remaining. After Boston College’s Kerri Shields used a driving lay-up to put her team ahead by two with five seconds remaining, the Scarlet Knights’ desperation shot by Erica Wheeler (Miami, Fla.) was off the mark as time expired.
The loss drops Rutgers 3-3 on the season, while Boston College ups its mark to 5-3 overall.
The Eagles used an 11-0 run to take a 25-14 edge at 9:23 mark of the first half, but RU managed to cut the gap to four by the half, trailing 31-27 at the intermission. The Scarlet Knights closed out the final three minutes of the opening stanza outscoring Boston College, 7-2, including four of Monique Oliver’s (Las Vegas, Nev.) six points during the span.
Sophomore Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) tied the game at 33-33 with 16:30 on the clock in the second half, but Boston College regained the lead by making five straight three-pointers on their next eight possessions. With the Eagles leading 49-39 with just over 10 minutes remaining, Rutgers outscored BC, 16-3, as a Wheeler jumper at the line put the Knights up by two, 54-52, with three minutes remaining. It was RU’s first lead since the 14:39 mark of the first half.
A pair of BC’s lay-up put the Eagles back on top by two, but Rutgers tied the game at 56-56 with 30 seconds left. Senior Chesley Lee (Miami, Fla.) got the rebound and the put back after Laney’s shot missed.
Shields would go on to score the game-winning bucket driving the lane as time was expiring on the shot clock.
Wheeler led all scorers with a season-high 19 points. Laney and freshman Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) each had nine points with Copper also hauling in a game and season-high six rebounds. Sophomore Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) dished out five assists along with two blocks and four boards.
Boston College had four in double figures led by Nicole Boudreau’s 14-point afternoon. Kristen Doherty, Katie Zenevitch, and Shields all had 11 in the win.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns home to host LIU Brooklyn at the RAC on Thursday, December 6. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.
COUNTDOWN TO 1000:
With six points against Boston College, senior Monique Oliver now needs 18 more points to become the 32nd Scarlet Knights to reach the century mark.
It was the fifth different starting line-up for the Scarlet Knights over the course of the season’s opening six games. Against the Eagles it was Monique Oliver, Betnijah Laney, Syessence Davis, Erica Wheeler, and Shakena Richardson with the starting nods. For Richardson, it was her first start of the 2012-13 season and second of her career.
ON THE ROAD:
With the 58-56 loss to Boston College, Rutgers falls to 1-3 on the road this season.
FROM THE LINE:
Rutgers shot 100% from the line against Boston College connecting on all seven free throw attempts. Kahleah Copper led the way going 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. It was the Scarlet Knights’ best night from the line since shooting 90.9 percent (10-of-11) at the stripe against Connecticut on March 4, 2012.
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