DAVIDSON, N.C. (December 4, 2013) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team rolled to a 66-35 victory over Davidson at Belk Arena in its final nonconference road contest Wednesday in Davidson, N.C.
Davidson, which entered the game shooting 36 percent from downtown and averaging 6.4 three-pointers a game, was held to only one 3-point field goal (1-of-13) in the contest.
Freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for the second-straight contest, netting 16 points in the win. Junior forward Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) registered her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 boards, while sophomore Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) added 11 points, shooting 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
The victory improved Rutgers to 6-2 overall as it heads into a three-game homestand starting next week. RU finishes 3-2 away from the friendly confines of the RAC in nonconference play in 2013-14.
Davidson fell to 3-6 overall.
Davidson’s Laura Murphy drained the lone Wildcat 3-pointer of the game to put the Wildcats ahead, 5-1 early, but from there on Rutgers controlled the game. A 9-2 run by the Scarlet Knights ensued, started by a response by Laney from beyond the arc. RU got into the paint with sophomore Christa Evans (Jackson, N.J.), who used her height advantage for looks at the basket to give the Scarlet Knights a lead for good at the 13:44 mark of the first half.
Shannon Eriksson closed the Davidson gap to within two, hitting one of two from the line, as Rutgers led 12-10 at the midway point. But from there Rutgers proceeded to outscore Davidson, 10-1, for its first double-digit lead of the game. Copper contributed six of her 11 points on the night in the run as RU led 22-11 with 5:49 left until halftime.
Over the final five minutes of the first half, Davidson never pulled closer than nine and RU extended its lead by as many as 15. The Scarlet Knights entered the half up, 32-21.
Rutgers came out of the locker room on fire, opening up second half action on a 15-0 run. The Wildcats, meanwhile, were unable to generate their first point of second half until 7:49 in on a free throw and did not register a field goal until the 11:38 mark. By then Rutgers had established a 47-24 advantage.
Davidson shot just 21.1 percent from the floor (12-of-57) and committed 22 turnovers. The Wildcats suffered 14 second half turnovers, resulting in 20 points for the Scarlet Knights. RU outscored Davidson, 35-14, in the second half, with 20 of its 35 points coming in the paint.
The Wildcats did not connect on a field goal over the game’s final three minutes, as RU ended the night outscoring its opponent, 7-1, en route to tying its largest margin of victory this season.
Davidson’s Murray was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 15 points.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns home to the RAC for a three-game homestand beginning with Wagner on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. It will be dollar dog night at the concession stand (limit five per transaction). Fans can also buy a $5.00 general admission ticket with a toy donation to Rutgers’ Student-Athletic Advisory Committee’s (SAAC) annual toy and book drive to benefit children in the Middlesex County Head Start Program with a holiday gift.
- The Scarlet Knights held the opposition to less than 25 percent shooting from the field and less than 20 percent shooting from 3-point range for the first time since Dec. 16, 2012 against Miami.
- Davidson’s 14 points in the second half were the fewest allowed by RU in a half since surrendering 13 points to LIU-Brooklyn in the second half of a 58-32 win (Dec. 6, 2012).
- Rutgers has had three or more players in double figures in five of its eight games to date.
- Sophomore Kahleah Copper scored in double-figures for the eighth consecutive contest, shooting 4-of-6 for 11 points in 28 minutes of action. She is three games shy of tying Epiphanny Prince’s mark of 11-straight double-digit scoring efforts to start the 2006-07 season.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season, shooting 8-of-16 (both new career-highs) from the field. She tied her career-high of four assists for the fourth time of the year, while also tying her career-high of three steals for the third time.
- Junior Betnijah Laney tied her season-high of 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
- Sophomore Rachel Hollivay recorded five blocks against Davidson, her second-straight game with five stuffs. She has notched at least three blocks in each of the last five games, averaging 5.2 rejections in that span.
- Junior Christa Evans tied posted her best night of the year, notching a season-high eight points on 3-of-4 shooting. Evans also set a new career-high in blocks (three) while tying career-highs in free throw makes (two) and attempts (four).
- Junior Syessence Davis continued her aggression on the defensive end, recording at least two steals for the sixth time in eight games. The Neptune, N.J., native tied her career-high of five steals for the fourth time and is averaging four steals per game over the last four contests.
- Sophomore Ariel Butts recorded her first points of the season, going for five points and a season-high five rebounds against the Wildcats, She recorded her first free throw of 2013, shooting 1-of-2 from the charity stripe.
- Rutgers bested Davidson in the paint, 38-20. RU recorded at least 30 points in the paint in six of eight games this season, winning the points in paint battle six of eight times, as well.
- The Scarlet Knights continued their running trend, besting Davidson, 10-2, in fast break points. RU has won the fast break battle in seven of eight games this season, surpassing the double-digit mark three times.
- Laney snagged 11 rebounds Wednesday night, recording at least six boards in all six games she has played this season. It was her fourth double-digit rebounding effort of 2013.
- As a team Rutgers posted 56 rebounds, its second highest total of the season and most rebounds since recording 57 against Howard (Nov. 22).
- The Scarlet Knights allowed a season-low 35 rebounds against Davidson.
- The RU defense forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers (22) for the eight consecutive game, the team’s longest such streak since in the last 10 years.
- Davidson’s 21 first-half points was the second-lowest total surrendered in the opening period by the Scarlet Knights this season. The fewest points allowed in the opening stanza this season was 20 against La Salle on Nov. 17.
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