The Scarlet Knight bench, which netted no points in the one-point overtime loss in the first meeting with Tigers, accounted for 20 of RU’s 66 points on Saturday afternoon. Ten of the 11 Scarlet Knights registered at least one basket in the victory.
RU was led by sophomore Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Ga.) with 16 points, as she shot 5-of-7 from the field and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Junior forward Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) poured in her 11th double-double of the year with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) added in 13.
The win improved the Scarlet Knights to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in the American Athletic Conference race. Memphis, meanwhile, fell to 11-11 overall and 4-6 in league play.
Memphis scored 10 unanswered points to open the contest. However the Scarlet Knights punched back with a 12-2 run to quickly erase the double digit deficit over the following three minutes of play. Two free throws by Laney capped the run as she tied the game at 12-12 with 14:01 on the clock.
Hollivay gave RU the lead for good with 8:41 left in the first half, as her lay-up saw the Scarlet Knight go ahead 18-17 and start a 7-0 run.
Mooriah Rowser sunk a pair from the charity stripe for Memphis with just under five minutes left in the first half, but the Tigers would draw no closer. After Roswer’s second free throw saw Memphis trail, 24-22, RU kept Memphis scoreless over the half’s final four minutes to take a 32-22 advantage in the locker room at the intermission.
The Scarlet Knights only continued to add to their lead in the second half. At one point, Hollivay netted 10 straight points giving her Rutgers team a 60-39 edge with 4:57 to go.
Following Hollivay’s run of her own, redshirt junior guard Alexis Burke (Bainbridge, Ga.) drove to the basket to give Rutgers it largest lead of the game – a 23-point 62-39 edge with 4:26 left to play.
Laney, Scaife and junior guard Syessence Davis (Neptune, N.J.) accounted 16 of RU’s 18 assists in the game. Davis finished the game with five assists and five steals, while Laney and Scaife each dished the ball out five times.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team closes out its current homestand by wrapping up the season series with Cincinnati on Tuesday, Feb. 4. It will be dollar dog night at the RAC, where the Scarlet Knights and Bearcats tip off at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on the American Digital Network with Bob Picozzi and Debbie Antonelli on the call.
- Rutgers got back into the win column with a 66-48 win at home against Memphis, improving to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in the American. The Scarlet Knights are now 9-2 at the RAC this season and 144-23 in Piscataway since the 2002-03 season.
- The Scarlet Knights trailed Memphis, 10-0, early in the contest but rallied back for the victory. The 10-point deficit was the largest RU has overcome for a win this season.
- RU’s 18-point win was its 11th win this year of at least 10 points and the largest victory since defeating UCF, 69-48, on Jan. 22.
- The starting lineup of Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney was used for the 12th time this season. That starting five is 9-3.
- Sophomore Rachel Hollivay led RU with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting. It was her seventh time in double figures and third time leading RU in scoring this season.
- Three Scarlet Knights – Betnijah Laney, Tyler Scaife and Syessence Davis –recorded at least five assists for the fifth time this season and first time since Jan. 22 vs. UCF.
- Freshman Tyler Scaife notched 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She recorded five assists for the third time this season
- Junior Betnijah Laney recorded her 11th double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. It was her 13th game in double figures this season.
- Rutgers has had three or more Scarlet Knights reach double figures in 15 of the first 21 games of the 2013-14 season.
- The Scarlet Knights have scored 60 or more points in 20 of their 21 games this season and in all 10 American Athletic Conference contests.
- Rutgers scored 30 of its 66 points in the paint, scoring at least 30 in the paint for the 18th time in 20 games this season.
- Davis also had a five steals, marking her 14th game this season with three or more thefts. It was her third game this season with five or more steals.
- Davis hauled in seven rebounds, her highest total since recording eight on Nov. 30 against Texas Tech.
- Laney led RU with six assists. It was her fourth time this season she led the team in assists.
- The Scarlet Knights forced Memphis into 21 turnovers, the 10th time this season and first time since Dec. 21 against Georgia that an opponent had at least 20 miscues.
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