PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 3, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team closes out its current homestand with Cincinnati on Dollar Dog Night at the RAC on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen live on the American Digital Network.
Tuesday night will be dollar dog night at the RAC. Also don’t forget to pick up your Syessence Davis trading card available to the first 200 fans at the ticket table in the lobby.
• Tuesday’s American Athletic Conference matchup with Cincinnati tips off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) at the RAC. The game will be broadcast live on the American Digital Network, with Bob Picozzi and Debbie Antonelli on the call. Rutgers student radio, WRSU, will also be in attendance to cover all the action live.
• Rutgers enters the contest at 16-5 overall and 7-3 in the American after getting some payback against Memphis in the form of a 66-48 home win. The Scarlet Knights had three players score in double figures in the win, overcoming a 10-point first half deficit.
• Freshman guard Tyler Scaife was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for a third time in 2014 after averaging 19.0 points on 59.3 percent shooting and dishing out an average 4.5 assists in RU’s 1-1 week.
.• Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring and field goal percentage. She is fifth in the American with 15.7 points per game and leads the league and ranks 14th nationally in field goal percentage (58.0 percent). She has led RU in scoring 11 times in 21 games.
• Junior Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 13 times in 19 games played, recording 11 double-doubles in that span.
• Sophomore Rachel Hollivay enters the matchup ninth nationally in blocks per game (3.3). That figure is tops in the American.
The Bearcats visit Piscataway on a two-game losing skid and are 2-4 since falling to Rutgers, 78-58, on Jan. 7.
Cincinnati was bested, 86-29, by No. 1/1 UConn its last time out on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Fifth Third Arena. No Bearcats were able to break double figures in the loss, as Jeanise Randolph, Alyesha Lovett and Jasmine Whitefield each scored eight points.
Cincy’s leading scorer, Dayeesha Hollins, will not playing against the Scarlet Knights after being sidelined the rest of the season following a knee injury, the program announced on Jan. 26. Hollins averaged 13.3 points per game, shooting 81.3 percent from the free throw line before ending her season.
Behind Hollins is Randolph with 11.4 points per game. Randolph, who is the only other Bearcat to average double-digit scoring this season, is also tied for fourth in the American with 9.0 rebounds per game.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH CINCINNATI
Rutgers looks to make it two wins in a row against Cincinnati when the Bearcats visit the RAC to close the season series. The Scarlet Knights’ only loss against Cincy came last season at Fifth Third Arena, as RU fell 56-48.
In the first meeting between the two schools this season, the Scarlet Knights defeated the Bearcats, 78-58 – their largest win over Cincy since March 6, 2010 (Rutgers 70, Cincinnati 44) in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
Sophomore Kahleah Copper notched her second straight 20-point game with a game-high 21 points and junior forward Betnijah Laney collected her ninth double-double of the year and seventh straight with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Additionally, freshman guard Tyler. Scaife added 18 points.
Rutgers’ 55.2 percent clip on 32-of-58 shooting from the field still stands as the team’s highest mark this season.
MILESTONE COACHING ALERT
Head coach C. Vivian Stringer is approaching another milestone in her career. Stringer is approaching her 400th career victory “On The Banks”, needing three more victories to accomplish the feat.
All-Time Rutgers WBB Coaching Records (By Wins)
Theresa Grentz - 434-150/ (1977-95) 19 seasons
C. Vivian Stringer - 397-202/(1995-present) 19 seasons
Ellen Johns - 6-5/(1974-75) One season
Dottie McCrea - 5-9/(1975-76) One season
IN BIG GAMES
In games against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 5 Louisville, Tyler Scaife has averaged 23.5 points per game and shot a combined 20-of-33 (60.6 percent).
Against the defending national champs, Scaife poured in 22 points against the Huskies on 10-of-17 shooting. Three games later against last season’s national runner-ups, she collected a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting against the Cardinals.
Scaife has one other 20-point game under her belt –at Memphis (Kahleah Copper – 23; Tyler Scaife – 21).
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO
Memphis opened RU’s last game on a 10-0 run to put the Scarlet Knights in a hole early in the contest. RU responded with two 10-0 runs of its own, never trailing for the remainder of the game.
The Scarlet Knights shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the field against Louisville, reaching the 50 percent mark for the fifth time this season and third time in the last seven games. RU shot a season best 55.2 percent from the field in their last meeting with Cincinnati.
After being held to only two points in losses at Memphis and against No. 1 UConn, Briyona Canty has rebounded in the last four games, averaging 10.3 points and 3.5 assists per game.
At UCF on Jan. 22, following the back-to-back losses, Canty poured in 11 points, dished out five assists and hauled in five rebounds. She followed up by playing 30 minutes against Temple, the most minutes in since late Nov., and tying her career-high with 13 points. Canty also poured in 13 points at the Barclays Center against LSU on Nov. 29.
After the bench was held scoreless against Memphis in the first meeting, it was Canty leading the charge leading the Scarlet Knights with eight points from off the bench as the non-starters collected 20 points in the rematch.
GETTING TO THE POINTS
Rutgers has one of the highest scoring averages under C. Vivian Stringer’s 19-year tenure “On the Banks” with the 2013-14 squad.
On the season, RU is averaging 68.3 points per game. That is 12.3 points more than the squad av-eraged last year and the best scoring average since the Final Four season in 2006-07, when the Scarlet Knights averaged 64.4 points per game.The Scarlet Knights have scored 60 or more points in 19 of their 20 games this season.
1. 70.0 (35 games) 1998-99 – 29-6 – Elite Eight
2. 68.7 (32 games) 1997-98 – 22-10 – Sweet 16
3. 68.3 (21 games) 2013-14 – CURRENT SEASON
4. 67.3 (29 games) 2002-03 – 21-8 – 2nd Round
5. 65. 6 (31 games) 2000-01 – 23-8 – 2nd Round
6. 64.4 (36 games) 2006-07 – 27-9 – National Runner-up
7. 64.0 (35 games) 1999-00 – 26-8 – Sweet 16
8. 63.9 (32 games) 2005-06 – 27-5 – Sweet 16
9. 63.2 (35 games) 2004-05 – 28-7 – Elite 8
10. 63.1 (34 games) 2008-09 – 21-13 – Sweet 16
11. 62.5 (33 games) 2003-04 – 21-12 – 1st Round
12. 61.9 (28 games) 1995-96 – 13-15
13. 61.4 (33 games) 2010-11 – 20-13 – 2nd Round
14. 61.0 (34 games) 2007-08 – 27-7- Elite 8
15. 60.9 (32 games) 2011-12 – 1st Round
16. 57.8 (34 games) 2009-10 – 19-15 – 1st Round
17. 57.2 (28 games) 1996-97 -11-17
18. 56.0 (30 games) 2012-13 – 16-14
19. 55.6 (29 games) 2001-02 – 9-20
PROTECTING HOME COURT
The Scarlet Knights have had an outstanding track record of success at home during the previous 10 seasons under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. RU is 9-2 at home to start the season and has gone 144-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.
Rutgers at the RAC over the last 10 years:
2013-14: 9-2 (UConn, Louisville)
2012-13: 13-2 (St. John’s, UConn)
2011-12: 12-3 (Tennessee, Notre Dame, St. John’s)
2010-11: 12-1 (UConn)
2009-10: 10-5 (Stanford, Temple, Notre Dame Syracuse, St. John’s)
2008-09: 14-4 (Tennessee, USF, Pittsburgh, UConn)
2007-09: 14-1 (Stanford)
2006-07: 11-2 (Duke, UConn)
2005-06: 11-1 (Temple)
2003-04: 14-1 (UConn)
2002-03: 11-2 (Boston College, Miami)
THE WINNING FORMULA
The starting lineup of Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney has been used 12 times this season. That starting five is 9-3.
LIVING IN THE PAINT
Rutgers scored 30 of its 66 points in the paint its last time out against Memphis. RU has scored 30 or more point in the paint in 16 of its last 17 games and 18 times this season.
The team has won the points in the paint battle in 17 of 21 games and is 16-1 in those contests.
On the season, Rutgers is averaging 35.1 points in the paint.
OFF AND RUNNING
The Rutgers women’s basketball team has taken some rather large runs in games this season. The 11 runs are listed below in periodically descending order.
Northeasterm - 16-0 - Huskies held scoreless for 7:03
UMass - 10-0 - Minutewomen held scoreless for 4:27
Howard - 10-0 - Bison held scoreless for 1:04
Davidson - 15-0 - Wildcats held scoreless for 7:49
Sacred Heart - 21-0 - Pioneers held scoreless for 9:50
USF - 21-0 - Bulls held scoreless for 8:28
Houston - 12-0- Cougars held scoreless for 4:31
Cincinnati - 20-0-Bearcats held scoreless for 9:05
Temple - 12-0 Owls held scoreless for 2:39
Memphis - 10-0 Tigers held scoreless for 3:25
Memphis - 10-0 Tigers held scoreless for 5:27
The Rutgers women’s basketball team heads to the Lonestar State for games with SMU and Houston. The Scarlet Knights meet the Mustangs on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Cougars on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
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