SYRACUSE, N.Y. (February 19, 2013) – Senior Monique Oliver (Las Vegas, Nev.) captured her third double-double of the year tying her season-high with 23 points along with a season-high 16 rebounds in the Rutgers women’s basketball team loss to #21/18 Syracuse, 58-45, at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night.
The Scarlet Knights drop their third-straight contest and fall to 14-11 on the year and 5-7 in BIG EAST competition. Syracuse meanwhile upped their overall mark to 22-3 and improves to 10-2 in league action. The Orange also remain undefeated at the Carrier Dome having won all 12 contests at home this season.
The game endured seven lead changes until midway through the second half when Syracuse took over the lead for good. With the game tied at 27-27 with 10:55 left in the game, the Orange outscored the Scarlet Knights 11-0 over the next three minutes. Oliver sunk four consecutive attempts from the line to pull her RU squad to within seven, 38-31, with 6:46 remaining. Syracuse responded with four consecutive free throws of their own when a sophomore Christa Evans (Jackson, N.J.) hook shot pulled Rutgers back to within seven, 42- 35, with 5:24 left. The Scarlet Knights, however, would not get any closer.
Three-pointers by Brianna Butler and Rachel Coffey extended the Orange lead to 12, 50-38, with 3:40 left on the clock. Syracuse led by as many as 13 down the stretch.
Neither team shot well with Rutgers shooting just 25.9% (15-of-28) from the field. Syracuse shot just 26.6% (17-of-64). Both were season lows for each team.
For the second straight game the Scarlet Knights tied their opponent on the boards. Both team hauled in 49 rebounds.
The loss denies head coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th career victory for a third time. The Scarlet Knights will attempt to give her the elusive win when they travel to St. John’s on Saturday, Feb. 19 for a 2:00 p.m. meeting with the Red Storm.
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Senior Monique Oliver captured her third double-double of the season and 11th of her career by the four minute mark of the first half. Oliver tied her season-high and was three points off her career mark of 27 captured against the Orange back on 01/11/11. Oliver also netted 23 points in the Knights’ victory at Marquette back on Jan. 30.
Oliver has been successful against Syracuse having averaged 13.3 points against the Orange in her career.
ON THE BOARDS:
Syracuse entered Tuesday’s game averaging seven more rebounds per contest than their opponents. Both teams ended the night with 49 apiece. In addition to Oliver’s 16 rebounds, next on the stat sheet was sophomore Shakena Richardson with a career-tying eight boards.
Syracuse’s Kayla Alexander entered Tuesday’s game as the BIG EAST second leading scorer averaging nearly 18 points per game. Alexander played limited first half minutes after picking up two early fouls and finished the game with just seven points on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor.
ON THE ROAD:
Rutgers fell to 2-9 on the road this season.
AGAINST THE TOP 25:
The Scarlet Knights fell to 1-6 against the Top 25 this season.