AMHERST, Mass. (November 20, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team used a late 10-0 run in an attempt to pull off another come-from-behind win but it was not enough, as the Scarlet Knights fell, 64-63, to UMass on Wednesday night at the Mullins Center.
Rutgers suffers its first loss of the 2013-14 season to fall to 3-1 on the year. UMass meanwhile earned its first win of the year to improve to 1-3 overall.
The Scarlet Knights trailed 64-53 with 4:27 in the contest before making its final run. Sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) hit the front end of a one-and-one with 1:19 left to cut the RU deficit to four, 64-60. After UMass came up with the rebound following Copper’s missed second attempt, the Minutewomen stalled in an attempt to draw time off the clock.
With UMass missing a lay-up on the possession, Rutgers raced down the court with junior Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) trying to knock down a three from the top of the arc, but was off the mark. UMass’s Emily Mital hauled in the rebound, was fouled and put in a one-and-one situation. Her free throw missed the target and freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) off the rebound fed junior Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J.), who drained a three to cut RU’s deficit down to 64-63 with seven seconds left.
Out of a Scarlet Knight timeout, UMass headed back to the line with three seconds left in the game. The Minutewomen’s Rashida Timbilla missed from the charity stripe. Rachel Hollivay came down with the rebound but with only three seconds remaining, the Scarlet Knights were unable to get off a game-winning shot.
Hollivay, who returned to the court from off the bench after missing last Sunday’s game with La Salle with a concussion, finished with a team-high 14 points and five rebounds. All together, four Scarlet Knights reached double figures with Scaife adding 13 points and Copper and Canty netting 11 in the loss.
UMass was led by Timbilla’s 17 points and 12 defensive rebounds. Mital, Kymber Hill and Kim Pierre-Louis all had 10 points in the win.
Rutgers had led by as many as seven at the midway point of the first, but from there was outscored 17-6 over the first stanza’s final nine minutes, as UMass took a 33-28 advantage into the intermission.
RU was ahead 21-14 with 9:08 on the clock in the first half, but the Minutewomen went on a 12-4 run to take a lead they would not relinquish.
RU managed to close the gap with 13:05 left in the second half. Canty drilled first shot from downtown to help her squad trail by just three points, 44-41. UMass, however, extend its advantage to as many as 13 points with six minutes remaining until Rutgers made its late run
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- RU dropped to 25-3 all-time against UMass, losing its first game against the Minutewomen since Feb. 7, 1995. The Scarlet Knights had won two in-a-row against UMass entering the matchup.
- RU recorded 35 of its 63 points off the bench, surpassing its previous season high of 23 against La Salle (Nov. 17).
- The Scarlet Knights forced UMass into 20 turnovers Wednesday night. It was RU’s third-straight opponent that suffered at least 20 miscues.
- Rutgers was 4-of-8 from 3-point range Wednesday night, besting its previous high of three recorded in its each of its two previous games.
- Sophomore Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) led RU with 14 points, setting a new career-high in that category. It was her second time in double-figures this season.
- Hollivay tied her career-high of four blocked shots, a mark she set on Jan. 6, 2013 against St. John’s during her rookie season.
- Sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) and redshirt junior Briyona Canty (Willingboro, N.J) scored in double-figures for the fourth-straight game, the only Scarlet Knights to do so this season.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) tied her career-high with13 points. She has reached double-figures in three of four games to start the season.
- Scaife’s 10 field goal attempts were a career-high, while her three steals, three rebounds and four assists also set a new career marks.
- Scaife went 5-of-8 from the charity stripe against the Minutewomen, setting new career-highs in free-throw makes and attempts.
- Rutgers has had three or more Scarlet Knights reach double figures in the first four games of the 2013-14 season.
- RU fell to 1-1 away from the RAC this season, as the Minutewomen handed the Scarlet Knights their first road loss of 2013.
- Person knocked down her first 3-pointer of the season in the first half, when she was a perfect 2-of-2 from beyond the arc. The 2-of-2 clip was a new career-high for Person, who previously converted just one 3-pointer on two separate occasions as a freshman.
- Person’s eight first-half points were the most she has scored in a single half as a Scarlet Knight.
- Scaife led RU with nine points in the first period, the most points she has scored in a half in her young Rutgers career.
- Redshirt junior Alexis Burke (Bainbridge, Ga.) made her first-career start as a Scarlet Knight against the Minutewomen. She started in place of the injured Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.). Burke started 12 times in her career at Illinois.
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