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THINK PINK: Rutgers Women’s Basketball Hosts UCF on Saturday
  • Posted on February 14, 2014 2:31:58 PM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 14, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s team basketball hosts UCF on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. in the annual “Play 4 Kay” game.  Fans are encouraged to wear PINK to help Pink Out” the RAC in helping the Scarlet Knights with breast cancer awareness.

    PROMOS

    It will be the annual “Play 4 Kay” game in supporting breast cancer awareness on the court, across the campus, in the community and beyond.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game to help “Pink Out” the RAC, with pink t-shirts available to the first 1,000 fans on Saturday.

    The first 200 fans to the ticket table can also pick up their Alex Alfano trading card.

    TIP OFF

    • Saturday’s American Athletic Conference matchup with UCF tips off at 2 p.m. (EST) at the RAC. WCTC and Rutgers student radio, WRSU, will be in attendance to cover all the action live.

    • Rutgers enters the contest at 19-5 overall and 10-3 in the American after winning its fourth straight game over Houston, 74-42. The Scarlet Knights had four players score in double figures in the win, led by sophomore Kahleah Copper with 16 points.

    • The victory gave head coach C. Vivian Stringer her 400th “On the Banks.”

    • Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring and field goal percentage. She is fifth in the American with 15.8 points per game and second in the league in field goal percentage (56.5 percent). She has led RU in scoring 12 times in 24 games.

    • Junior Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 15 times in 22 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.

    SCOUTING UCF

    The Knights head to Piscataway 10-14 overall and 3-10 in American Athletic Conference play. UCF topped SMU, 59-54, its last time out on Feb. 11, as Zykira Lewis led the team with 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting.  The victory snapped a two-game losing streak.

    The Knights have three players averaging double-figures this season, with Briahanna Jackson leading the way with 17.8 points per game. Lewis and Sara Djassi each average 11.6 points per game.

    UCF’s Brittni Montgomery leads the squad in rebounding and is fifth in the league with 8.6 per contest.

    ALL-TIME SERIES WITH UCF

    The Scarlet Knights snapped their two-game slide to improve to 14-4 overall and 5-2 in the American Athletic Conference with a 69-48 win over UCF earlier this season.  UCF fell to 8-10 overall and 1-6 in league play in its sixth straight loss.

    Three Scarlet Knights landed in double digits led by junior forward Kahleah Copper with 16 points, freshman guard Tyler Scaife with 13 points and redshirt sophomore Briyona Canty with 11 points.  Rutgers shot 50.8 percent from the field (30-of-59), marking the fourth time the squad has shot 50 percent or better from the floor this season.

    BLAST FROM THE PAST

    Fans might see a familiar face on the UCF bench as former Scarlet Knight Courtney Locke serves as an assistant coach with the Knights.  Locke was a member of the RU women’s basketball team from 2002-06 as the Scarlet Knights made the Elite Eight in 2005 and Sweet 16 in 2006.

    400-WIN CLUB

    Head coach C. Vivian Stringer won  her 400th career victory “On The Banks” at Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 11.   She needs 35 more wins to become Rutgers’ all-time leader – men’s or women’s basketball - in victories.

    All-Time Rutgers WBB Coaching Records (By Wins)

    Theresa Grentz  - 434-150/ (1977-95) 19 seasons

    C. Vivian Stringer - 400-202/(1995-present) 19 seasons

    Ellen Johns - 6-5/(1974-75) One season

    Dottie McCrea - 5-9/(1975-76) One season

    BLOCK PARTY

    After blocking two shots against Houston (Feb. 8), Rachel Hollivay now has 75 this season, tied for fourth on the single-season list with Tanya Hansen (1990-91).

    Hollivay is 22 blocks shy of tying former great Sue Wicks’ single-season record of 97 blocks, set during the 1986-87 season.

    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 68.0 points per game. That is 12.0 points more than the squad averaged 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 22 of their 24 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. 68.0 (24 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 10-2 at home to start the season and has gone 145-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season. The Scarlet Knights went 13-2 at the RAC last season, including a victory over No. 21/22 Miami.

     

    Rutgers at the RAC over the last 10 years:

    2013-14: 10-2 (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)

    2004-05: 13-0

    2003-04: 14-1 (UConn)

    2002-03: 11-2 (Boston College, Miami)

    NO E-SCAIFE

    Freshman Tyler Scaife has been dishing and swishing over the last five contests, averaging 16.4 points and 4.0 assists per game.

    The rookie has scored in double figures and recorded at least four assists in six of the last nine games, including her career-high six-assist outing against Memphis (Jan. 14). She also scored 21 points in that contest.

    HAND OUTS

    Syessence Davis has been generous with the ball through the first 24 games of the 2013-14 campaign, averaging 4.3 assists per game.  The Neptune, N.J., native has handed out five or more assists in 14 of RU’s 24 games this season.

    She tied her season-high of seven assists against SMU (Feb. 8), marking the fifth time this year she dished out seven helpers. RU is 5-0 in those contests.

    LIVING IN THE PAINT

    RU has scored 30 or more point in the paint in 17 of its last 20 games and 19 times this season.  The team has won the points in the paint battle in 17 of 23 games and is 16-1 in those contests.

    TURNOVERS

    RU forced Houston into 22 turnovers in its victory over the Cougars. RU has forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers 11 times in 24 games.

    The Scarlet Knights forced eight straight opponents into at least 20 turnovers after Princeton suffered just 16 on opening night. The stingy defensive streak was the team’s longest such streak in the last 10 years.

    Rutgers has committed fewer than 20 turnovers in 19 of its 24 games to date.

    UP NEXT

    The Rutgers women’s basketball team returns to the court on Sunday, Feb. 23 at No. 4/3 Louisville.  That game will air on ESPNU.

    Follow Rutgers women’s basketball on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RutgersWBB), Twitter (www.twitter.com/RutgersWBB) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/RutgersWBB) for all of the latest news and updates. Fans also receive timely information, including special offers and giveaways throughout the year on both social media outlets along with www.ScarletKnights.com.

     

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