PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 15, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s team returns home to host LaSalle on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the RAC. First 1,000 fans in attendance can pick up a free schedule magnet.
• Sunday’s contest will air on WCTC 1450 AM with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call. Additionally, RU’s student station – WRSU 88.7 FM – will also air all Sunday’s action with Mike Rivera and Danny Friedman.
• Rutgers enters Sunday’s game at 2-0 and is coming off its first road win of the year, 65-51, at Northeastern.
• The Scarlet Knights are 1-0 at the RAC having defeating Princeton ,79-65, in the 2013-14 season opener.
• Sophomore Kahleah Copper, coming off her first career double-double with career numbers in points and rebounds, leads RU at 21.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. She poured in 26 points in Wednesday’s win at Northeastern.
• Junior forward Betnijah Laney, who was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll last week, enters the LaSalle game pouring in double figures in both points and rebounds. With two straight double-doubles to open the season, Laney is averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
• Also averaging double figures is redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty at 11.0 points per game. She added a career-high 12 points in Rutgers’ win at Northeastern on Saturday play in a career-high 38 minutes.
The Explorers have played in just one game before heading to the RAC. LaSalle fell 60-47 to Temple with Alicia Cropper leading the Explorers with 13 points and Siobhan Beslow pulling down a team-high 12 rebounds.
LaSalle was picked 10th in the Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll and welcomes three transfers and four freshmen to its roster.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH LASALLE
Rutgers and La Salle will be meeting up for the seventh time in history with the Scarlet Knights leading the all-time series 5-1.
After the Explorers won the first meeting back in 1976, the Scarlet Knights have been the victors in the last five meetings, including last season’s 54-50 win.
LAST TIME VS. LASALLE
The Rutgers women’s basketball team closed out non-conference play on January 2, 2013 at the RAC with a 54-50 victory over La Salle.
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer shook up the starting line-up with three freshmen – Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper and Precious Person – and a pair of sophomores – Shakena Richardson and Christa Evans – getting the starting nod. The mainstays of the Scarlet Knight line-up returned to the hardwood with just over 14 minutes remaining in the first half.
After trailing Tennessee, 33-13, in the previous game, Rutgers had 13 points again at the half, but held a 13-11 lead on La Salle.
The game endured seven lead changes and seven ties. Neither team led by more than three points until an Erica Wheeler three-pointer at the top of the key as the shot clock was set to expire and a Chelsey Lee lay-up gave RU a 24-19 lead with 13:28 remaining . Wheeler and Lee helped to spark a 14-2 run for the Knights, which saw RU hold a 34-21 advantage with nine minutes to go. Rutgers would never trail again.
During RU’s run, the Explorers were held scoreless for a period five minutes. After a Shanel Harrison jumper at the 13:01 mark, La Salle was held without a field goal for nine minutes. However, the Explorers pulled within four, 36-32, with 6:32 left on the clock scoring 11 points all on free throws.
Rutgers extended its lead by as many as 10, but La Salle, scored eight points over the game’s final 32 seconds on a 8-3 run for the final margin.
Wheeler led the Scarlet Knights with 14 points, while Betnijah Laney and Hollivay, in her first career start, each notched 11 a piece.
Rutgers, who outrebounded La Salle 44-39, had Lee haul in a team-high eight rebounds in the win.
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 136-21 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights went 13-2 at the RAC last season, including a victory over #21/22 Miami.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Rutgers had two players with double-doubles in Betnijah Laney and Kahleah Copper in Wednesday’s win over Northeastern. 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 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was the third double-double of her career.
Kahleah Copper collected her first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds. 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.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP
With a career-high 26 points against Northeastern, Copper became 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 with her 26 points. 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.
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