PISCATAWAY, N.J. (November 22, 2013) – Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) almost pulled off a triple-double as the Rutgers women’s basketball team downed Howard, 69-38, Friday night at the RAC.
Hollivay scored 16 of her career-high 26 points at the half and hauled in 13 rebounds for her first career double-double. She was one block shy of posting RU’s first triple-double since Khadijah Rushdan in 2011, ending the game with nine rejections.
Also finishing with a double-double was classmate Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 23 points and 13 rebounds.
Junior Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) added in nine rebounds and dished out seven assists in the RU win.
Rutgers exploded for a 10-0 run to start the game and held a 20-4 lead following a Hollivay lay-up at the 11:24 mark. However, the Scarlet Knights would slip into a nearly seven minute stretch without a field goal where the Bison used an 11-5 run to pull within single digits for the first time since the game’s early moments.
Following a three by the Bison’s Jasmine Hill, cutting Howard deficit to 23-15 with 4:55 on the clock, freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) snapped RU’s field goal drought on the following possession.
The Scarlet Knights led 29-21 with just over two minutes remaining in the opening stanza and close out the first half outscoring Howard, 5-1, to reclaim a double digit lead they would never relinquish.
RU outscored the visiting Bison, 36-16, in the second half. The Scarlet Knights extended its lead by 20 points following a pair of Copper foul shots with 14 minutes remaining. Copper ended the game a perfect 5-of-5 from the line as the Knights shot 80 percent (12-of-15) from the charity stripe and 75 percent (15-of-20) for the game.
Free throws in the game’s final minutes gave RU its largest lead of the game and the final margin. Copper completed the traditional three-point play for a 30-point lead and Hollivay, who finished the night 8-of-11 from the line, hit one of two for the final 31-point margin.
Howard was led by Te’Shy Heslip with 11 points and six rebounds.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to action on Friday, Nov. 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Scarlet Knights will take on LSU at 1 p.m. RU will then face either Michigan or Texas Tech the following day at 7:30 p.m. on the home court of the Brooklyn Nets.
- The Scarlet Knights defeated Howard, 69-38, Friday night at the RAC. It was RU’s first victory of at least 30 points since Dec. 15, 2010 against Kean (90-56).
- RU held Howard to 38 points, holding an opponent to under 39 points for the first time since defeating Miami, 42-34, on Dec. 16, 2012.
- Rutgers posted a season-high 57 rebounds against Howard. It was the most rebounds since RU notched 54 on Dec. 5, 2011 in a win against Miami.
- Sophomore forward Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.) recorded her first career double-double Friday against the Bison (26 points, 13 rebounds), setting new career-highs in points, boards and blocks (nine), field goals made (nine), field goals attempted (17), free-throw makes (eight) and free-throw attempts (11). Hollivay’s nine blocks were the most recorded by an RU player since Kia Vaughn notched nine against St. John’s on Feb. 28, 2009. The Rutgers record for most blocks by a Scarlet Knight in a game is 11, set by Sue Wicks against West Virginia on Jan. 3, 1987.
- As a team, RU’s nine blocks were its highest total since recording eight in a 54-50 win over La Salle on Jan. 1, 2013.
- Sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game, the longest streak to start a season since Epiphanny Prince began the 2006-07 season with 11-straight double-figure outputs.
- Two players, Copper and Hollivay, recorded double-doubles Friday night, the second time this season that feat was accomplished. Junior Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) and Copper combined for double-doubles in RU’s 65-51 win against Northeastern (Nov. 13).
- Copper and Hollivay became the first duo to record 20 points each in a contest since Erica Wheeler and Laney did so on Feb. 26, 2013 against USF.
- Copper set career highs in assists (five), free-throw attempts (five) and free throw makes (five) in the victory over Howard.
- Junior guard Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) tied her career-high with nine rebounds. She led RU with seven assists against the Bison. Davis has dished out five or more assists in four of RU’s five games to date.
- Junior forward Alexis Burke (Bainbridge, Ga.) tied her career-high with four rebounds.
- Hollivay is the third RU player to record a double-double this season.
- Hollivay recorded 16 points in the first half, the highest scoring output for a player in a single half this season.
- The Scarlet Knights forced Howard into 23 turnovers Friday night, RU’s fifth-straight opponent that has suffered at least 20 miscues. It is RU’s longest such streak since forcing six-straight opponents into at least 20 turnovers from Dec. 6, 2012 – Dec. 21, 2013.
- The Scarlet Knights’ 33 first-half points were the most scored in an opening period this season and most since March 4, 2013 in a 65-44 win over Pittsburgh.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) made the first start of her RU career against the Bison Friday night at the RAC. She scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field while tying her career-high of four assists.
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