BOSTON, Mass. (November 13, 2013) – Double-doubles by sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) fueled the Rutgers women’s basketball team to a 65-51 victory over Northeastern on Wednesday afternoon at Matthews Arena.
Three Scarlet Knights ended the game in double figures as they moved to 2-0 on the year. Copper had a game-high 26 points along with 11 rebounds, while Laney poured in 15 points and 13 rebounds and redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.) added 12 points in the win.
Playing in front of over 1,000 elementary school children at Northeastern’s hockey arena, RU opened the game on a 7-0 run and held the Huskies without a field goal for the first five minutes of the game. Canty, who finished 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, hit a three with 15:19 left in the first half to give the Scarlet Knights its first double-double digit lead of the game, 12-2.
Rutgers led 16-5 at the midway point of the first stanza when Northeastern went on a 14-4 run and closed their deficit to only a point, 20-19 with 6:17 left.
The Scarlet Knights would never lose the lead though and back-to-back buckets by Copper quickly established a five-point cushion for her team and RU would enter the locker room at intermission ahead 31-26.
The Huskies, known for their three-point prowess, drilled a three to open up second half action and found themselves trailing just 35-31 with 17:08 left in the game. From there, RU went on a 16-0 run with six points coming from Copper and five from Laney to take a 20-point lead. Laney completed the and-one with 10:24 remaining for a 51-31 Scarlet Knight edge.
Northeastern would not get any closer than 13 points the rest of the afternoon.
The Huskies were led by Jewel Tunstull with 18 points and 14 rebounds and A’Lece Mark with 11 points.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 17 against LaSalle at 1 p.m. at the RAC.
- Rutgers had two players with double-doubles in Betnijah Laney and Kahleah Copper. It was the first time since Dec. 5, 2011 at Miami that RU has had two Scarlet Knights finish in double digits in both points and rebounds. Against the Hurricanes, Monique Oliver had 23 points and 19 rebounds while April Sykes had 19 points 10 rebounds.
- Betnijah Laney registered her second consecutive double-double with. It was the third double-double of her career.
- Kahleah Copper collected her first career double-double. It was the second straight game she led the Scarlet Knight in scoring and fourth time in her career she has been RU’s leading scorer. She is currently averaging 21.0 points per game.
- Copper was the first Scarlet Knight to reach 20 points in a game since Betnijah Laney (20) and Erica Wheeler (24) against USF on 2/26/13 in head coach C. Vivian Stringer’s 900th career victory. Additionally, it was the most points netted by a Scarlet Knight since Khadijah Rushdan’s 26 points against North Carolina A&T on 11/22/2010.
- Copper reset her career-high for the second straight game netting 26 points against Northeastern. She opened the season with a then career-best 16 points against Princeton last Sunday.
- Copper’s 11 rebounds were also a career best surpassing her previous high of eight against Stony Brook on Dec. 21, 2012.
- Laney’s 13 rebounds were also a career mark. Her previous best was 10 on three other occasions, including against Princeton last Sunday.
- Briyona Canty reached double digit scoring for the third time in her career.
- Rutgers improved to 22-18 in road openers.
- The Scarlet Knights improved to 5-1 all-time vs. Northeastern.
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