PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 19, 2014) – The No. 23 Rutgers women’s basketball team fell, 94-64, to No. 1 and defending national champion Connecticut, as freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) collected a career-high 22 points in the loss.
Rutgers fell to 13-4 on the season and 4-2 in American Athletic Conference play. The Huskies meanwhile continued their 25-game win streak dating back to last season and improved to 19-0 this season and 6-0 in the league.
Scaife and sophomore forward Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) both captured 20+ points for the second straight contest. After scoring 21 points in Wednesday’s loss at Memphis, Scaife went 10-of-17 from the floor against the Huskies to reset her scoring mark. Copper, who netted RU’s first six points of the game, finished with 20.
Connecticut jumped out to a 10-2 lead to open the game and led by as many as 21 in the first half. UConn’s Breanna Stewart, one of four Huskie starters in double figures, gave her squad a 41-29 edge with 4:58 left in the opening stanza.
Rutgers did manage to close out first half play on a 5-0 run, but trailed 43-29 at the intermission.
The Scarlet Knights drew as close as 12 in the early moments of the second half, but UConn would go on to outscore Rutgers 51-35 in the second stanza and lead by as many as 31.
UConn’s Bria Hartley led all scorers with 30 points going 11-of-15 from the field, including 6-of-8 from three point range. Stewart nearly missed a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds. Stefanie Dolson added 16 points and 10 boards and Moriah Jefferson contributed 13 points, along with eight assists in the victory.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team is back on the road for a trip to Orlando for the first ever meeting with UCF on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The game, which tips off at 7 p.m., will be available on the American Digital Network with Bob Picozzi and Debbie Antonelli calling all the action.
- Rutgers fell to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. The loss was the first at the RAC this season, dropping the Scarlet Knights’ home record to 8-1.
- The Scarlet Knights had won 10 straight home games dating back to last season. RU has gone 143-22 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.
- RU’s last loss at home was against Connecticut last season in a 65-45 setback.
- UConn recorded the highest field goal percentage (56.5) of any RU opponent this season, becoming the first team to surpass 50 percent shooting against the Scarlet Knights.
- The Huskies’ 94 points against RU were the most by an opponent since RU fell, 94-81 at Texas Tech on Jan. 2, 2003.
- For the second consecutive game, sophomore Kahleah Copper and freshman Tyler Scaife notched at least 20 points. Scaife led RU with 22, while Copper added 20.
- The starting lineup of Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney was used for the eighth time this season. That starting five is 6-2. Those five accounted for 61 of RU’s 64 points.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife led the Scarlet Knights with a career-high 22 points, her second consecutive game with at least 20 points. Her 10-of-17 shooting clip reset her career-highs in field goals attempted and made. She scored 21 points in RU’s last contest on Wednesday night against Memphis.
- Scaife recorded 15 of her 22 points in the first half, the highest scoring total in any half of her short career. Scaife notched 13 points in the first half against Wagner (Dec. 12) and 14 points in the second half against Cincinnati (Jan. 7).
- Scaife notched a double-digit effort for the 13th time in 17 games.
- Copper, who finished second on RU with 20 points, has reached double figure scoring in 15 of RU’s 17 games this season,
- Copper made her first attempt from the field for the 16th time in 17 games this season, making her first three attempts from the field Sunday afternoon.
- Junior Syessence Davis recorded her second-best point total of the season, shooting 4-of-7 for 9 points. She scored a season-high 11 points twice this season – vs. Princeton (Nov. 10) and vs. Texas Tech (Nov. 30).
- Junior forward Betnijah Laney handed out five assists against the Huskies, the fourth time this season she has contributed five or more helpers. It was the fifth time in her career with five or more assists.
- The Scarlet Knights have scored 60 or more points in 16 of their 17 games this season.
- Copper’s 20-point effort was her sixth this season and second consecutive.
- Rutgers scored 32 of its 64 points in the paint. RU has scored 30 or more point in the paint in 13 of its last 14 games and 15 times this season. The team has won the points in the paint battle in 13 of 17 games and is 12-1 in those contests.
- RU has had fewer than three players in double figures just five times in 17 games this season.
- Junior Christa Evans recorded a multi-block game (two) for the fifth time this season, leading RU in the category for the sixth time.
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