BROOKLYN, N.Y. (November 29, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team concludes action at the Barclays Women’s Basketball Invitational taking on Texas Tech on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday’s contest at the Barclays Center with Texas Tech 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 Saturday night’s action with Mike Rivera and Alex Lo.
• Rutgers enters Friday’s game at 4-2 coming off a 69-65 loss against No. 15/17 LSU in the opening game of the Barclays Women’s Invitational. Kahleah Copper led the Scarlet Knights with 16 points as RU overcame a 10-point deficit with 2:20 left in the game to pull within three in the final :23.
• Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper continues to lead Rutgers averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. She is followed by sophomore center Rachel Hollivay at 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game.
• Junior forward Betnijah Laney returned to the starting line-up after missing contests with UMass and Howard with a sprained right ankle. Laney had 11 points in her return on Friday against No. 15/17 LSU. She is averaging 10.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
The Lady Raiders enter the second game of the Barclays Invitational coming off an 82-71 loss to Michigan. Overall, Texas Tech is sporting a 3-2 overall mark.
After season opening wins over Texas-Pan American (70-48) and New Mexico (64-56), Texas Tech fell to Arizona State (85-77) for its first loss of the season. After getting back on track with an 86-68 victory over Grambling State, the Lady Raiders fell in its opening game of the Barclays Invitational to face the Scarlet Knights.
Junior guard Amber Battle leads the Lady Raiders at 19.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. She is shooting at a .507 clip from the floor and .864 from the free throw line.
Also averaging double figures is redshirt freshman guard Minta Spears at 14.2 points per game.
Candi Whitaker is in her first season at her alma mater. A two-year letterwinner for the Lady Raiders, serving as point guard for a pair of Sweet 16 teams, Whitaker came to Texas Tech after serving as the associate head coach at Oklahoma State. She also spent six seasons as the head coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech leads the all-time series 3-1 and Saturday will be the first meeting between the two squads in 10 years.
Rutgers won the first meeting - a 53-42 victory over the Lady Raiders that propelled the Scarlet Knights to the 1999 Elite Eight and showdown with eventual national champion Purdue.
After the NCAA Sweet 16 meeting, the Lady Raiders have won the last three meetings, including a 73-45 victory in the Preseason WNIT in their last meeting in 2003.
LAST TIME VS. TEXAS TECH
The No. 15/15 Rutgers women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the 2003-04 season, falling at No. 7/5 Texas Tech 73-45 in the Preseason WNIT championship game Nov. 23, 2003 in Lubbock, TX.
With the score tied 4-4 five minutes into the game, the Lady Raiders scored eight unanswered points, the beginning of a run that would give Texas Tech a 33-21 cushion at halftime.
Rutgers, again suiting up just eight players due to a rash of injuries, saw the Lady Raider lead expand to 21 points (55-34) at the 7:48 mark. RU began to use its 55 press, getting several steals and easy baskets to begin to get back in the game, cutting the margin to 58-42 with 6:03 to play. However, on the next play, All-American Cappie Pondexter was called for her fifth foul, joining classmate Rebecca Richman on the bench. Texas Tech steadily built its lead after that point, and the 28-point final margin was the largest of the game.
Pondexter led RU with 15 points and two assists, adding six rebounds. Michelle Campbell posted her fourth double-digit scoring effort in as many games with her 11 tallies. Guard Dawn McCullouch added 10 points and five rebounds, while Aquisha Cahoe posted her first career double-digit rebounding game with her team-leading 10 caroms
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