PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 21, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team will look to return to the win column on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. hosting the Howard Bison at 7:30 p.m. at the RAC.
FOOTBALL TICKET PROMO
Any fan that presents a Rutgers Football Ticket can purchase a ticket for just $5.00. The football ticket stub does not have to be from the 2013 season. Whether you bring the ticket from your first Rutgers Football game or your favorite Rutgers Football game, any ticket stub will allow you to receive the discount.
In addition, fans wearing Rutgers Football jerseys will be entered into a raffle to win an autographed Kyle Flood football and any fan that presents a Rutgers Football Bowl Ticket stub, or paraphernalia, will be entered into a raffle to win a Rutgers Football Experience package.
Other contests will include prizes for the Rutgers fan that presents the oldest ticket stub and the ticket stub from the Rutgers Football game furthest from Piscataway.
To enter raffles, fans must visit the Rutgers Marketing table, located on the concourse of the RAC prior to tipoff.
• Friday’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 Friday night’s action with David Servedio and Dylan Morton
• Rutgers enters Friday’s game at 3-1 coming off its first loss of the year, a 64-63 set back at UMass on Wednesday night.
• The Scarlet Knights are 2-0 at home this season following last Sunday’s two-point 59-57 victory over La Salle.
• RU welcomed back freshman center Rachel Hollivay from a concussion against UMass as she poured in a career-high 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor along with five rebounds and four blocked shots.
• On the stat sheet, sophomore forward Kahleah Copper is averaging 16.3 points and 6.0 rebounds. She had 11 points on Wednesday against the Minutewomen. She is currently eighth among in the American Athletic Conference in scoring and sixth among all league players in field goal percentage at a .581 clip. Three other Scarlet Knights are also averaging double digit scoring.
• On the boards, RU is led by junior forward Betnijah Laney at 11.7 points per game. She missed Wednesday’s game with UMass with a sprained ankle.
The Bison come to Piscataway under first year head coach Tennille Adams with a 2-2 overall record. After falling to Virginia Tech, 84-32, to open up the season, Howard rattled off wins over Jackson State (83-63) and NJIT (80-73). In their most recent outing, the Bison fell to Loyola (MD), 72-62, on Wednesday night.
Te’Shya Heslip is averaging 16.8 points per game along with 3.5 rebounds per game followed by Victoria Gonzalez at 12.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Heslip was named a MEAC Rookie of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in both Bison victories. She shot 60 percent from the field and went 13-of-14 from the line in the wins over Jackson State and NJIT.
Howard was picked to finish fifth in the Preseason MEAC Poll. Last season, the Bison finished at 20-12 overall reaching the championship game of the MEAC Tournament and falling in the first round of the WBI to Penn.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH HOWARD
The series record is tied up at 1-1 and Friday will be the first meeting between the two squads since 1996.
Rutgers won the first ever meeting, 81-64, in the EAIAW Regional Tournament. The two teams did not meet against until 1996 in the Brother Holiday Tournament held at the RAC with the Bison taking a 59-55 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 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 and are currently 2-0 this season.
THE WILL TO SCORE
Rutgers has had three or more Scarlet Knights reach double figures in the first four games of the 2013-14 season.
Thus far, both sophomore forward Kahleah Copper and redshirts sophomore Briyona Canty have reached double figures in the opening four games of the season. They are first Scarlet Knights since Epiphanny Prince in the 2006-07 season to start the year off with four straight double figure performances. Prince kicked off the 2006-07 national championship run season with 11 straight double figure contests.
The Scarlet Knights have forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers in three of the first four games of the season, including 20 on Wednesday night at UMass. Through the first four games of the season, opponents are averaging 19.5 miscues against the Scarlet Knights.
I GET KNOCKED DOWN, BUT I GET UP AGAIN:
Sophomore Rachel Hollivay led RU with a career-high 14 points on Wednesday at UMass, setting a new career-high in that category. Hollivay came off the bench against the Minutewomen, after missing the previous game with La Salle due to a concussion, to shoot 7-of-11 from the field and surpass her previous high of 10 points, netted against Princeton in the season opener.
It was her second time in double-figures this season and fifth time in her career.
Hollivay also tied her career-high of four blocked shots, a mark she set on Jan. 6, 2013 against St. John’s during her rookie season.
GETTING THE STARTING NOD
Redshirt junior Alexis Burke made her first-career start as a Scarlet Knight against the Minutewomen. She started in place of the injured Betnijah Laney. Burke had started 12 times in her career at Illinois before transferring “to the banks”.
I GET BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS
In the last two games, RU has averaged 28.5 points from off the bench. Against UMass, the Scarlet Knights registered 35 points from the non-starting five, including a career-high 14 points from sophomore center Rachel Hollivay.
Rutgers also had 23 points from off the bench in their last victory, a 59-57 win over La Salle.
DISHING ‘N’ SWISHING
Since returning from knee surgery, redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty has scored in double digits in all four games to date.
Additionally, the redshirt sophomore Scarlet Knight is coming off a career-high seven assist effort from Wednesday’s UMass contest. Canty reset her previous high of five at Georgia in last year’s season opener.
To date, Canty is averaging 3.8 assists per game.
Syessence Davis has also been generous with the ball through the first four games of the 2013-14 campaign averaging 4.3 assists per game. The Neptune, N.J. has handed out five or more assists in three of RU’s four games to date and has averaged 5.0 assists over the last two games.
MORE CAREER NUMBERS
Freshman Tyler Scaife tied her career-high with13 points in Wednesday’s contest with the Minutewomen. 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.
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.