PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 7, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team meets Cincinnati in their first meeting this season with the Bearcats on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The game will air on SNY (BIG EAST NETWORK) with Bob Picozzi and Steffi Sorensen on the broadcast. Fans can also tune into WCTC to Ed Cohen and Danny Breslaur on the call and WRSU with Michael Cantor and James Stumper providing all the action.
The Scarlet Knights made it two-in-a-row last week with a 72-54 win at Marquette and a 58-50 overtime win over Villanova. Rutgers enters Saturday’s contest at 13-8 overall and 4-4 in BIG EAST play.
Despite battling a deep ankle bruise and having come off the bench in the last five games, Oliver returned to the top of the stat sheet last week, which included a double-double performance at Marquette with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Oliver is averaging 10.5 points per game and is second on the squad in rebounding at 4.9 boards per contest.
Senior guard Erica Wheeler is second on the squad in scoring at 10.3 points per game. She has poured in double figures in 11 of Rutgers’ 21 games to date and has led the Scarlet Knights in scoring six times.
Sophomore Betnijah Laney, who earlier this week was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll, is third on the team at 9.4 points per contest along with 4.3 boards per game. Laney is averaging 12.8 points per game in BIG EAST action, including a career-high 24 points performance on Jan. 16 against Providence, as well as a 15-point game at Marquette last Wednesday night. She netted eight of her 12 points in last weekend’s win over Villanova in overtime.
With the 58-50 overtime win over the Wildcats last weekend, head coach C. Vivian Stringer collected her 898th victory and needs just two more wins for her 900th career win.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. VILLANOVA
The Rutgers women’s basketball team overcame an eight-point second half deficit and held Villanova without a field in overtime as the Scarlet Knights knocked off the Wildcats, 58-50, last Saturday afternoon at the RAC.
With the Wildcats leading by eight, 42-34, with 9:11 left in the second half, Rutgers closed out regulation outscoring Villanova 12-4 to force the extra stanza, including a 5-0 run over the final 2:56.
A layup by Villanova’s Emily Leer gave the Wildcats a five-point cushion, 46-41, at the 3:18 mark of the second half, however it would be the final Wildcat field goal of the game.
A Kahleah Copper jumper started the Knights’ 5-0 run to end regulation. Sophomore Syessence Davis, with her only points of the afternoon, drilled a jumper at the line to pull RU within one, 46-45, with 1:13 remaining. Coming out of a timeout, Villanova turned the ball over leading to Erica Wheeler feeding sophomore Shakena Richardson driving to the basket with eight seconds to go. Richardson was fouled and hit the second of two attempts at the line to tie the game at 46-46.
Megan Perason had a desperation shot at the buzzer, but it was off mark as Rutgers headed into its second BIG EAST overtime contest this season.
In overtime, Rutgers outscored Villanova 12-4 with all four Wildcat points coming from the free throw line. Sophomore Betnijah Laney accounted for eight of her 12 points in the overtime session, including the first six points of the overtime session that gave RU a 52-46 edge with 2:42 left in the game..
Joining Laney in double figures was Richardson with a career-high 14 points. Richardson also notched a career-high seven assists and seven rebounds.
Laura Sweeney recorded a double-double in the loss with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Rachel Roberts added in 10 points.
Cincinnati comes into the RAC Saturday with an 8-14 overall record and still looking to pick up its first BIG EAST win. The Bearcats currently stand at 0-9 in league play. They have dropped nine straight since staring up BIG EAST play and have not won a game since their 59-48 win over LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 30.
Junior guard Dayeesha Hollins leads Cincinnati as the team’s lone player in double figures. Hollins is averaging 14.8 points along with 4.7 rebounds per game.
Second on the stat sheet is sophomore guard Alyesha Lovett at 7.8 points per game, while Tiffany Turner leads the Bearcats on the boards at 6.4 rebounds per game.
Jamelle Elliott is in her fourth season at the helm of the Bearcat program. She was a former student-athlete and assistant coach at Connecticut.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH CINCINNATI
The Scarlet Knights will face the Bearcats for the eighth time with Rutgers holding an unblemished 8-0 record all-time against UC. RU earned a 58-47 home win last season and is 4-0 against Cincinnati when playing at the RAC. The two teams will meet again on Sat., March 2.
LAST TIME OUT - VS. CINCINNATI
Former guard April Sykes had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as No. 10 Rutgers women’s basketball cruised past Cincinnati 58-47 on Jan. 7, 2012
Sykes posted her third double-double of the season and fourth of her career. Monique Oliver also scored in double figures with a team-high 15 points, while Khadijah Rushdan added nine points and seven rebounds.
Rutgers got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s first nine points, eventually pulling ahead for an 11-2 lead. Cincinnati narrowed the gap to as little as four points on two occasions, however, the Scarlet Knights responded to both rallies, building a double-digit advantage to close the first half up by 11 (26-15). The 15 first-half points by the Bearcats tied for the fewest points allowed in the opening period by RU this season.
Cincinnati opened the second half on a 6-0 run to cut the RU lead to five (26-21), but Rutgers went on to outscore UC 13-2 over the next eight minutes, manufacturing an 18-point advantage, its largest of the game.
The Bearcats continued to battle, chipping away at the Rutgers lead, but the Scarlet Knights were able to maintain distance as they secured the 11-point win.
RUTGERS IN ALL-TIME BIG EAST GAMES
The Scarlet Knights are 198-89 (.690) all-time in BIG EAST regular season games. Rutgers is 85-59 (.590) all-time in BIG EAST regular season road games. Conversely, the Scarlet Knights are 113-30 (.790) in conference home games.
PROTECTING HOME COURT
The Scarlet Knights have had an outstanding track record of success at home during the previous 10 seasons under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Rutgers is 132-21 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights are currently 10-1 at the RAC this season.
Rutgers at the RAC (losses in parentheses)
2012-13: 10-1 (St. John’s)
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)
Rutgers women’s basketball sophomore guard/forward Betnijah Laney was named to the BIG EAST honor roll on Monday, it was announced by the league office.
Laney helped the Rutgers women’s basketball team to a 2-0 mark last week with wins at Marquette (72-54) and against Villanova (58-50) in overtime by averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in the two contests.
In the win at Marquette, Laney poured in 15 points and shot 5-of-6 from the free throw line. In the overtime win vs. Villanova, Laney scored eight of her 12 points in overtime helping RU overcome an eight-point second half deficit to pull out the win over the Wildcats. Laney scored the first six points in overtime as Rutgers outscored Villanova, 12-4, in the extra stanza and held the Wildcats without a field goal.
On the season, Laney is averaging 9.4 points and 4.3 rebounds, while in BIG EAST action she is averaging 12.8 points and 4.6 boards per contest.
Sophomore Shakena Richards had a career afternoon in the overtime victory against Villanova on Feb. 2. She captured a career-high 14 points surpassing her previous high of 11 in the victory over Georgetown on Jan. 22. Richardson also notched seven rebounds, topping her previous season and career-high five from games against Southern and Tennessee. Her seven assists were also a career mark, surpassing her previous high of six dished out in games with LA Tech and Providence.
Entering the Feb. 2 game with Rutgers, Villanova led the nation in the fewest turnovers committed, averaging 11.1 per game. Against the Scarlet Knights, the Wildcats committed 16 miscues, tying for their season-high. Villanova also committed 16 turnovers against USF.
NO SECOND CHANCES
The Rutgers defense held Villanova on Feb. 2 to zero second chance points in the game. The Scarlet Knights outrebounded the Wildcats, 35-23, with the shortest person on the court, Shakena Richardson, collecting a team-high seven boards in the win.
SCARLET KNIGHTS IN OT
The Scarlet Knights have played in 36 overtime games during their history, including two this season with the Jan. 8 loss at Louisville, 66-57, and the Feb. 2, 58-50, win over Villanova. I
1,000 AND COUNTING
With her 23 points against Marquette senior Monique Oliver moved into 26th on the all-time scoring leaders list. She now has 1,124 career points.. She needs 19 more points to move past Brittany Ray (2006-10) into 25th on the all-time points list
MOVING UP THE LIST:
With a pair of three pointers against Villanova on Feb.2, senior Erica Wheeler moved into sixth all-time in three-point field goals made surpassing former teammate April Sykes (2008-12).
Wheeler has 139 career three-point field goals and needs six more three-pointer to pass Shawnetta Stewart (1997-2000) for fifth all-time.
After nine shots behind the arc at Louisville on Jan 8, Wheeler moved up to fifth in the attempted three-pointer category passing Shawnetta Stewart (1997-00).
She currently has 440 three-point attempts in her four-year career. She needs 29 more attempts to move past April Sykes (2008-12) into fourth all-time.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team will have a quick turnaround as they prepare to take on DePaul on the road on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The game, which could see head coach C. Vivian Stringer go for career win number 900, will air on the CBS Sports Network.