PISCATAWAY, N.J. (December 20, 2012) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team’s three-game homestand comes to a close with Stony Brook at the RAC on Friday at 5:00 p.m. opening the Holiday Doubleheader with the men’s team hosting Howard following at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on WCTC (1450 am) with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call and on WRSU with Erik-Ray Sepulveda and Kevin Lanza calling the action. Fans can also watch on RVision on ScarletKnights.com.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team enters the final game of a three-game homestand hosting the Stony Brook Seawolves having emerged victorious in their last four straight contests and riding a seven-game home winning streak dating back to last season.
A trio of seniors continues to lead the Scarlet Knights on the stat sheet starting with forward/center Monique Oliver at 13.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Oliver was the lone Scarlet Knight in double figures with 13 in their victory over #21/23 Miami last Sunday afternoon. The Las Vegas, Nev. native is also the newest member of the Scarlet Knights’ 1,000 point club joining the ranks four games ago.
Classmate guard Erica Wheeler is second on the stat sheet at 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals, and 2.5 assists.
Forward Chelsey Lee, coming off a career-high 21-point effort last Wednesday night against Southern and a season-high 11 rebound game against #21/23 Miami last Sunday,, is third on the team in scoring at 8.4 points per game along with a team second best 5.0 rebounds per contest.
RU’s 42-34 win over the Hurricanes last Sunday brought head coach C. Vivian Stringer closer to the 900 win mark needing only eight more victories to reach the milestone.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. #21/23 MIAMI
The Rutgers women’s basketball team made it four-in-a-row by knocking off No. 21/23 Miami, 42-34, Sunday evening at the RAC.
It was a low scoring first half with Rutgers leading 16-15 at the intermission. Both squads combined for only 10 field goals in the game’s first 20 minutes. Miami, who entered Sunday’s contest averaging a 42.1 percent clip from the floor, was held to only one field goal in the game’s opening 13 minutes and ended the half connecting on only 4-of-22 (14 percent) from the field.
Rutgers meanwhile shot just 6-of-22 (27 percent) but managed to lead by as many a seven, 16-9, with 2:32 left in the half until the Hurricanes pulled to within one, ending the half with six unanswered points.
The Scarlet Knights opened the second half on fire going on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes prompting a Hurricane timeout. Rutgers took its first double figure lead of the game on back-to-back buckets by leading scorer Monique Oliver. Oliver converted the and one and followed with a lay-up in traffic under the basket after Kahleah Copper ripped away the ball on the Miami side of the court. Oliver’s quick five points gave her RU squad a 35-24 edge with 5:24 remaining and the Hurricanes would get no closer than eight the rest of the night.
Oliver went on to lead all scorers with 13 points along with two blocks and three steals. She was the lone Scarlet Knight in double figures.
Senior Chelsey Lee, coming off her season-high 21 points against Southern on Wednesday, hauled in a season-high 11 rebounds. Copper was also big on the boards with a season and career-high seven grabs.
SCOUTING STONY BROOK
Stony Brook comes to the RAC with a 7-4 overall record including a 65-52 win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday night.
Sophomore forward Sabre Proctor is the lone Seawolf in double figures averaging 10.4 points per game along with 3.4 rebounds per contest.
Senior forward Jessia Previlon enters Friday’s contest as Stony Brook’s second-leading scorer at 9.1 points per game and the squad’s leading rebounder at 9.0 grabs per contest. Previlon captured a double-double in the Seawolves’ win over St. Francis (N.Y.) on Wednesday night with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Stony Brook is under the guidance of Beth O’Boyle who is in her second year at the helm of the Seawolves program.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH STONY BROOK
Friday will be the first meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Seawolves.
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 127-20 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights have won seven straight on their home court dating back to last season and are currently 5-0 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)
DURING THE STREAK
The Scarlet Knights are currently riding a four-game win streak and during that span, RU has been outscoring its opponents by 18.8 points per game and outrebounding the opposition by an average of 8.5 boards per contest.
During the win streak, RU has been shooting 45.2 percent from the field while holding opponent to just 27.5 percent from the floor.
The Scarlet Knights have also been generous with the ball averaging 17.5 assists per game during the span.
RUTGERS VS. THE TOP-25
Rutgers is currently 1-1 against the Top 25 in 2012-13. RU opened up the season against #10/11 Georgia with a 57-51 setback and captured its first win over a ranked opponent las Sunday with a 42-34 victory over #21/23 Miami. The Scarlet Knights’ next Top 25 opponent will be against #10/11 Tennessee following the Christmas break in Knoxville on Dec. 30.
GETTING THE STARTING NOD
Rutgers has used seven different starting line-ups through the season’s first 10 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, Southern: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Evans, Oliver
Miami: Wheeler, Laney, Davis, Oliver, Lee
Of note: Senior Chelsey Lee returning the starting line-up for the first time since the season’s third game at Temple. Lee had come off the bench in the previous six games before rejoining the starting five against #21/23 Miami.
LEADING LADY CHELSEY LEE
The Rutgers women’s basketball team won its second straight BIG EAST weekly award as fifth-year senior forward Chelsey Lee was named to the conference’s honor roll it was announced on Monday.
Lee poured in a career-high 21 points against Southern last Wednesday and hauled in a season-high 11 rebounds against No. 21/23 Miami (Fla.) on Sunday as Rutgers went 2-0 last week.
The Miami, Fla. native, who missed last season with a shoulder injury, had her best game since returning in RU’s 63-49 win over Southern on Dec. 11. The fifth-year senior poured in a career-high 21 points in her first-ever 20+ point game effort along with five rebounds and two steals. She went 8-of-12 from the floor against the Jaguars and a perfect 5-of-5 from the line in the win.
Lee then had four points and a season-high 11 boards, including nine on the defensive glass, in the Scarlet Knights’ 42-34 win over Miami, RU’s first win over a Top 25 opponent this season, on Dec. 16. Lee also returned to the starting line-up against the Hurricanes after coming off the bench in the previous six outings.
On the season, Lee is averaging 8.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
RU led the #21/23 Miami, 16-15, at the half during last Sunday’s contest with the Scarlet Knights’ 16 first-half points marking the fewest first-half points scored this season. The one point lead was also the smallest halftime lead held all year.
Rutgers held the Hurricanes to shooting at just 19 percent, the lowest opponent shooting percentage since last year’s win over Iona, when RU held the Gaels to 16 percent from the floor.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team has a pair of non-conference contests left in the 2012-13 season. The Scarlet Knights return to action in Knoxville, Tenn. on Dec. 30 to take on #10/11 Tennessee and close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Jan.2 at home against La Salle.
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