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Rutgers Women’s Basketball Picked Fourth in AAC Preseason Poll
Scarlet Knight Tyler Scaife Named Preseason Freshman of the Year
  • Posted on October 14, 2013 8:11:58 PM
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  • UNCASVILLE, Conn. (October 14, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team was picked fourth in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) Preseason Poll it was announced at the conference’s media day at Mohegan Sun.

    Defending National Champion UConn was chosen as the unanimous favorite to win the AAC regular-season title, while Louisville, last year’s national runner-up, was chosen to finish second in the voting. The selection was made by the league’s 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to select their own teams.

    Rutgers, picked to finish fourth in the league, finished the 2012-13 campaign at 16-14 overall and welcomes eight returning letterwinners along with the nation’s top incoming point guard. Junior guard/forward Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.), who was named Honorable Mention Preseason All-AAC, returns as the Scarlet Knights’ top scorer and leader on the glass at 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, along with BIG EAST All-Freshman Team member sophomore Kahleah Coppe (Philadelphia, Pa.), who averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in her first season at RU.  Also suiting up for the Scarlet Knights will be freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.), the two-time Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and ninth overall rated recruit by ESPN Hoopgurlz. Scaife was named the Preseason Freshman of the Year by the league’s head coaches.

     

    2013-14 AAC Preseason Coaches Poll

    1. Connecticut (9) 81
    2. Louisville (1) 73
    3. USF 59
    4. Rutgers 57
    5. SMU 50
    6. Memphis 32
    7. Cincinnati 30
    8. UCF 28
    9. Temple 25
    10. Houston 15

    Preseason Player of the Year

    Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F

     

    Preseason Freshman of the Year

    Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G

     

    Preseason All-Conference Team

    Briahanna Jackson, UCF, So., G

    Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Sr., G

    Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F

    Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F

    Keena Mays, SMU, Sr., G

    Sara Hammond, Louisville, Jr., F

    Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Sr., G

    Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Sr., G

    Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G

     

    Preseason All-Conference Honorable Mention

    Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Jr., G/F

    Bria Hartley, UConn, Sr., G

    Season tickets for Rutgers women’s basketball are still available by calling the ticket office at 866-445-GORU (4678) or via the internet at tickets.scarletknights.com.

    Follow Rutgers women’s basketball on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersWBB), Twitter (www.twitter.com/RutgersWBB) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/RutgersWBB) for all of the latest news and updates. Fans also receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on both social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

     

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