PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 10, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team begins a three-game homestand on Wednesday in the Scarlet Knights’ first ever meeting with the Southern University Jaguars from the SWAC at 7:30 p.m. at the RAC. The game will air on WCTC (1450 am) with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call and on WRSU with John Manganelli and Alex Lo calling the action. Fans can also watch on RVision on ScarletKnights.com.
Fans are asked to support the Rutgers Alumni Association (RAA) Coat Drive by donating new or gently used coats in an effort to help our New Jersey neighbors in need during the cold winter months. Collection bins will be located in the lobby of the RAC prior to both games. For additional information, please visit http://www.rutgersalumni.org.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team enters a three-game homestand with Southern, Miami, and Stony Brook on a two-game win streak with wins over LIU Brooklyn and Lousiana Tech at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden last week.
The Scarlet Knights are currently 3-0 at home this season and have won their last five straight games at the RAC dating back to last season.
Senior forward/center Monique Oliver continues to lead the team with 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game and recently became a member of the Scarlet Knights’ 1,000 point club. Classmate guard Erica Wheeler is the other Scarlet Knight in double figures at 10.1 points akong with 2.9 assists and 3.1 steals per contest.
RU’s 73-46 win over LA Tech also brought head coach C. Vivian Stringer closer to the 900 win mark needing only 10 more victories to reach the milestone.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. LA TECH
The Rutgers women’s basketball team shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the floor to take home a 73-46 win over Louisiana Tech in its fifth appearance at the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Rutgers dominated the paint from the inside presence of seniors Chelsey Lee and Monique Oliver, who each netted double figures with 14 and 11 points respectively. The duo helped the Scarlet Knights to 38 points in the paint.
Rutgers also showed its depth in the victory with nearly every Knight scoring in the victory. The bench racked up 40 points led by Lee and sophomore Shakena Richardson with nine points and a career-high six assists.
The Scarlet Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Taking advantage of Lady Techsters turnovers, Rutgers was able to score 20 of its 36 first half points off opponent miscues.
Ahead by 10 points, 23-13 with 4:40 left in the first half, Rutgers held Louisiana Tech without a field goal for nearly three minutes while outscoring the Lady Techsters, 11-1. Oliver accounted for six points during the run leading to her 10 first half points.
Although Louisiana Tech scored the next six straight points, Rutgers headed into the locker room with a 36-22 advantage.
The Lady Techsters closed the gap back to 10 with 16:48 remaining in the game and Rutgers holding on to a 40-30 edge. From there, Lee went on a tear scoring six of the Scarlet Knights’ next eight points and feeding guard Richardson on the other basket. Louisiana Tech would not get any closer than 15.
The Southern University Jaguars are still looking for their first win of the 2012-13 season as they meet the Scarlet Knights with an 0-8 record. The Jaguars are visiting the NYC area this week and are coming off a 56-44 loss at Fordham on Monday.
Junior guard Adrian Sanders is the lone Jaguar averaging double figures at 10.5 points per game along with a team second-best 4.5 rebounds per game. Junior guard Kendra Coleman is Southern’s second leading scoring at 9.4 points per game followed by redshirt senior forward Lechell Rush at 7.3 points and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per contest.
Sandy Pugh has been at the helm of the Jaguar program since 2000 and has helped guide Southern to four NCAA first round and two WNIT post season appearances during her tenure.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH SOUTHERN
Wednesday will be the first ever meeting between Rutgers and Southern.
Senior forward/center Monique Oliver was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after helping the Scarlet Knight women’s basketball team to a 2-0 record last week averaging 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 blocks, and 3.0 steals in wins over LIU Brooklyn and Louisiana Tech.
In Rutgers’ 58-32 victory over LIU Brooklyn last Thursday, Oliver became the 32nd Scarlet Knight to reach the 1,000 career-point mark with a game-high 18 points along with a career-high six steals.
Oliver then added in a team-high 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor to go with five rebounds and a season-high four blocks in the 74-46 Maggie Dixon Classic victory against the Lady Techsters Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
Additionally, Oliver shot 6-of-7 (86 percent) from the line on the week.
On the season, Oliver is averaging a team-best 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game
PROTECTING HOME COURT
The Scarlet Knights have had an outstanding track record of success at home during the previous nine seasons under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Rutgers is 125-20 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights have won five straight on their home court dating back to last season and are currently 3-0 at the RAC this season.
Rutgers at the RAC (losses in parentheses)
2011-12: 12-3 (Tenn, Notre Dame, St. John’s)
2010-11: 12-1 (UConn)
2009-10: 10-5 (Stanford, Temple, Notre Dame ‘Cuse, St. John’s)
2008-09: 14-4 (Tenn, USF, Pitt, UConn)
2007-09: 14-1 (Stanford)
2006-07: 11-2 (Duke, UConn)
2005-06: 11-1 (Temple)
2003-04: 14-1 (UConn)
2002-03: 11-2 (BC, Miami)
GETTING THE STARTING NOD
Rutgers has used six different starting line-ups through the season’s first eight games.
Georgia, GW: Wheeler, Laney, Canty, Oliver, Lee
Temple: Wheeler, Laney, Canty, Evans, Lee
Davidson: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Evans, Oliver
Princeton: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Copper, Oliver
BC: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Richardson, Oliver
LIU:, LA Tech: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Evans, Oliver
Of note: Rutgers used the same starting line-up in back-to-back games with LIU Brookly and Louisiana Tech. It was the first time since the start of the season the same line-up was used more than once.
DISHING AND SWISHING
In addition to scoring a season-high 73 points on Sunday against the Lady Techsters, the Scarlet Knights also dished out the ball a season-high 22 times. It was the most assists by Rutgers since also capturing 22 assists against North Carolina A&T on Nov. 22, 2010.
Shakena Richardson captured a new career mark with six assists in Sunday’s win. She dished out the ball six times surpassing her previous high of four, previously recorded on three different occasions. Richardson, who has averaged 5.0 assists in the last two wins, was one point of her career-mark with nine points.
LIGHTS OUT SHOOTING
Against Louisiana Tech at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, the Scarlet Knights shot a blistering 61.5 percent (32-of-52) from the floor in the win. RU was shooting over 64 percent from the world’s most famous arena’s floor until the final minute of the game.
Rutgers had its best performance from the floor since shooting 58.7 percent against Farmingdale State on Feb. 11, 2009 in a 85-25 victory. It was the third time since 2002-03 RU shot over 60 percent in a game.
Best Field Goal Percentage Since 2002-03:
(min. 20 made)
1. .625 (30-48) - at Seton Hall 2/18/2009
2. .619 (26-42) - at USF 2/16/2008
3. .615 (32-52) - vs. La Tech 12/9/2012
4. .587 (37-63) - Farmingdale State 2/11/2009
5. .562 (27-48) - Temple 12/30/2007
BACK TO FORM
Senior Chelsey Lee is coming back to form having averaged 10.0 points, while shooting 75 percent (9-of-12) from the floor along with 5.5 rebounds last week for the Scarlet Knights.
Lee missed last season with a shoulder injury and started the season’s first three games before coming off the bench in the last five contests.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team hosts Miami on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Hurricanes were ranked #21 in this week’s AP Poll. The homestand wraps up with Stony Brook on Friday, Dec. 21.
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