BROOKLYN, N.Y. (November 30, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team closed out the Barclay’s Women’s Basketball Invitational with a 61-52 win over Texas Tech Saturday night at the Barclays Center.
Rutgers (5-2) held an 11-point, 36-25, halftime lead fueled by 12 of Tyler Scaife’s (Little Rock, Ark.) career-high 18 points. After committing 29 turnovers in their first game at the Barclays Center against No. 15/17 LSU on Friday afternoon, the Scarlet Knights suffered a season-low 11 miscues, while the Lady Raiders committed 21 turnovers resulting in 24 points for RU.
The Lady Raider’s Amber Battle, who entered the game averaging 19.0 points per game, was held to a season-low eight points, including only three first half points.
The Scarlet Knights returned to the win column to improve to 5-2 on the year. Texas Tech, meanwhile, dropped to 3-3 overall in 2013-14.
Texas Tech scored the first points of the game, but from there Rutgers controlled the contest. An early 6-2 run by the Scarlet Knights gave RU an 11-5 edge with 15:30 on the clock and the lead for good.
The Lady Raiders’ leading scorer, Battle, sunk a 3-pointer on the next possession, but RU responded by taking a 14-1 run for a double digit advantage. Scaife completed the traditional three-point play to cap the run to put the Scarlet Knights head 22-12 with 11:20 remaining in the opening stanza.
Texas Tech cut its deficit into single digits twice before the intermission. However, sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) sunk a pair of free throws late for RU’s largest lead of the game, 34-20, before the Scarlet Knights headed into the break ahead 36-25. The 11-point Rutgers advantage tied for its largest halftime lead of the season through the first seven games of the year.
Battle, on another 3-pointer, pulled her Texas Tech squad within six, 42-36, five minutes into the second half. Rutgers responded with an 8-2 run and the Scarlet Knight advantage was back up to double-figures five minutes later. Six of the Scarlet Knights’ eight points in the run came inside, as Rutgers would finish the game scoring 32 points in the paint.
After a junior Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.), jumper in the middle of the lane gave RU a 52-42 lead with 8:50 remaining, the Lady Raiders connected on a pair of shots from downtown to once against close the gap to within six. The Scarlet Knights were holding on to a 54-28 edge with just under six minutes left.
After a Marina Lizarazu lay-up with three minutes left and Rutgers leading 48-54, Texas Tech would draw no closer.
In addition to Scaife’s 18 points, two other Scarlet Knights reached double digit status. Copper was just short of a double-double with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Davis came off the bench to add in 11 points along with eight boards, three assists and four steals.
While the Lady Raiders’ Battle finished the game with eight points, she collected a game-high 12 rebounds. Both Audrisa Harrison and Jasmine Caston had 11 points in the loss.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to action on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Davidson. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife set a new career-high with 18 points to lead RU against the Lady Raiders. She was 8-of-13 from the field, both marks career-highs. She also tied her career-high with four assists for the third time this season.
- Sophomore Rachel Hollivay recorded five blocks against Texas Tech. She has notched at least three blocks in the last four games, averaging 5.25 rejections in the last four contests.
- RU shot 9-of-12 from the free throw line to shoot 75 percent for the game. The mark tied the Scarlet Knights’ best percentage from the charity stripe this season and made it the third time RU has eclipsed 70 percent from the line.
- Rutgers has had three or more players in double figures in four of its seven games to date.
- The Scarlet Knights committed a season-low 11 turnovers.
- Junior Syessence Davis scored in double-figures (11 points) for the second time of her career and first time since notching 11 points in RU’s season-opening victory over Princeton (Nov. 10). She also tied career highs in field goals (five) and attempts (10).
- Davis notched four steals against Texas Tech, tying her season-high set against LSU in RU’s first contest at the Barclay’s Center. It was one steal off her career mark.
- Rutgers bested Texas Tech in the paint, 32-18. RU recorded at least 30 points in the paint in five of seven games this season, winning the points in paint battle five of seven times, as well.
- Junior Betnijah Laney snagged six rebounds Saturday night, recording at least six boards in all five games she has played this season.
- Sophomore Kahleah Copper recorded a new career-high in steals with four thefts against the Lady Raiders. Her previous high was three against Providence on Jan. 16, 2013.
- Copper led the Scarlet Knights with nine boards Saturday night. It was the fourth time this season she either led or tied for the team lead on the glass.
- The RU defense forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers for the seventh consecutive game, the team’s longest such streak in the last 10 years.
- Copper recorded at least four free throws for the fifth time in seven games this season. She went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe after not attempting a foul shot against LSU (Nov. 29).
- The Scarlet Knights failed to record a 3-point field goal for the second time this season and first time since shooting 0-of-6 from beyond the arc in a 69-38 win over Howard (Nov. 22).
- The Scarlet Knights entered the locker rooms at halftime with a 36-25 lead, which tied for the largest halftime lead this season.
- Copper and Davis each recorded four steals against Texas Tech, becoming the first duo to record at least four steals in the same game since Erica Wheeler and Davis each notched four in a 58-32 win over LIU-Brooklyn on Dec. 6, 2012.
- With the win RU pulled the all-time series vs. Texas Tech to 3-2, halting a three-game Lady Raider win streak.
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