PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 19, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team is back on the road as they travel to UMass for a 7 p.m. tip on Wednesday night.
• Wednesday’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 Wednesday night’s action with David Servedio and Dylan MacKinnon.
• Rutgers enters Wednesday's game at 3-0 and is victorious in its only other road game of the year thus far, a 65-51 win at Northeastern last Wednesday afternoon.
• The Scarlet Knights improved to 2-0 at the RAC on Sunday afternoon with a two-point, 59-57, victory over La Salle.
• Junior center Christa Evans got the starting nod in place of Rachel Hollivay, who sat due to a concussion suffered in the previous game. Evans’ first points of the game and first point of the season came on the game-winning lay-up with .5 seconds remaining in Sunday’s games off a feed from classmate Syessence Davis.
• Junior forward Betnijah Laney hauled in double digit rebounding for the third straight game with 12 boards against La Salle. It was one rebound off her career mark. She is currently averaging 18.0 points and 11.7 rebounds per game.
• Kahleah Copper, a member of this week’s AAC Honor Roll, leads RU at 18.0 points along with 6.7 rebounds. She had a team-high 12 points in last Sunday’s game with La Salle.
The Minutewomen are still looking for their first win of the 2013-14 season after starting the campaign at 0-3. UMass fell to Western Michigan, 66-58, to open the season and followed with another home loss in a 105-61 defeat at the hands of Central Michigan. The Minutewomen are coming off an 82-59 road loss at American on Sunday.
The squad has two in double figures led by sophomore guard Nola Henry at 11.0 points per game and junior guard Emily Mital at 10.0 points per game. Henry is also added in 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. On the boards, UMass is led by redshirt senior Kiara Bomben at 6.7 rebounds per game.
The Minutewomen were picked 12th in the Atlantic-10 Preseason Poll They finished last season at 3-26 overall and 1-13 in the Atlantic-10.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH UMASS
Rutgers is 25-2 all-time against UMass, with its last victory coming by a 78-57 margin on the road on Dec. 10, 2000.
The Scarlet Knights won the first 23 meetings between the two schools from Jan. 25, 1978 – March 8, 1994 before losing to UMass twice in 1995, their final season as Atlantic-10 rivals.
SEASON OPENING NUMBERS
Rutgers improved to 3-0 for first time since the 2011-12 with Sunday’s 59-57 win over La Salle.
It is the sixth 3-0 start for head coach C. Vivian Stringer in her 19 years at Rutgers and 17th overall for the program.
In 2011-12, RU opened with eight straight victories. With a victory over the Minutewomen it would the 13th in Rutgers history the Scarlet Knights have opened the season with four straight wins.
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 137-21 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights went 13-2 at the RAC last season, including a victory over No. 21/22 Miami.
IN THE POLLS
While not in the Top 25, the Scarlet Knights have been receiving votes the last three weeks in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. RU also picked up a vote this week in the Associated Press Poll.
HARD WORK GETS RECOGNIZED
Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll it was announced on Monday. It is the second straight week the Scarlet Knights have been represented on the AAC Honor Roll.
Copper averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in helping Rutgers improve to 3-0 on the season in victories at Northeastern and versus La Salle last week.
At Northeastern last Wednesday, Copper garnered her first career double-double with a career-high 26 points and career-high 11 rebounds. The sophomore Scarlet Knight shot 11-of-16 from the field and added a block and a steal in the 65-51 win. On Sunday against LaSalle, Copper led RU with 12 points before fouling out. Against the Explorers, Copper shot 4-of-8 from the field and added three boards.
On the season, she is averaging a team-leading 18.0 points per game along with 6.7 rebounds per contest.
DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE
Rutgers had two players with double-doubles in Betnijah Laney and Kahleah Copper in last 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.
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.
Betnijah Laney registered her second consecutive double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. It was the third double-double of her career.
Laney was looking for her third straight double-double on Sunday against the Explorers. While she had 12 rebounds, including 11 in first half action, she had just three points before exiting the game with a sprained ankle. Should she have notched a third straight double-double, Laney would have been the first Scarlet Knight since Chelsey Lee in 2011 to perform back-to-back-to-back double-doubles.
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