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No. 25 WBB Travels to No. 3 Louisville Sunday
Scarlet Knights Take on Cardinals at 3 p.m. on ESPNU
  • Posted on February 21, 2014 10:47:22 AM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 20, 2014) – The No. 25 Rutgers women’s basketball team will face the No. 3 Louisville Cardinals at the KFC YUM! Center on Sunday, Feb. 23 in front of the ESPNU cameras.  Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m.

    TIP OFF

    • Sunday’s American Athletic Conference matchup with No. 3/3 Louisville tips off at 3 p.m. (EST) at the KFC Yum! Center. The matchup will close the season series with Louisville, as ESPNU will carry a live broadcast of the game with Melissa Lee and Maria Taylor on the call. WRSU, Rutgers student radio, will also be on hand.

    • Rutgers enters the contest at 20-5 overall and 11-3 in the American after trouncing UCF, 90-50, in the team’s largest margin of victory this season. Tyler Scaife and Kahleah Copper led all scorers with 22 points each.

    • For the third straight week and fifth time in the last six weeks, freshman guard Tyler Scaife was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week.  Scaife averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in Rutgers’ 2-0 week.

    • Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring and field goal percentage. She is fifth in the American with 16.1 points per game and second in the league in field goal percentage (57.2 percent). She has led RU in scoring 13 times in 25 games.

    • Junior Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 16 times in 23 games played, recording 11 double-doubles in that span.

    • Sophomore Rachel Hollivay enters the matchup eighth nationally in blocks per game (3.4). That figure is tops in the American.

    SCOUTING LOUISVILLE

    The Cardinals remain at the KFC Yum!  Center for their second consecutive home contest looking for their fourth consecutive win. Louisville defeated Temple (Feb. 12), Memphis (Feb. 16) and Houston (Feb. 19) in its last three contests after falling, 81-64, at No. 1/ 1 UConn on Feb. 9.

    Senior guard Shoni Schimmel leads the American’s No. 2 scoring offense (81.6 ppg) by averaging 17.6 points per contest – good for third in the league. Schimmel is one of three Cardinals in double figures, as junior forward Sara Hammond (11.3 ppg) and redshirt senior forward Asia Taylor (10.9 ppg) also boast double-digit scoring marks.

    The Cardinals are second only to UConn in scoring margin this season, winning by an average of 21.3 points. RU is behind Louisville in third with an 11.8 scoring margin.

    RU has lost to Louisville twice in the same season just on other time in 2008-09, falling, 64-59, on Jan. 11, 2008 during the regular season before losing, 87-82, in double overtime in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals.

    ALL-TIME SERIES WITH LOUISVILLE

    The Scarlet Knights have lost two straight against the Cardinals dating back to last season, as two of the last three meetings between the two schools have gone into overtime.

    RU last defeated Louisville on Jan. 14, 2012, outlasting the Cardinals, 71-68, in overtime at the RAC. All-time at Louisville, the Scarlet Knights are 0-4.

    In the first meeting this season between the two schools, Louisville held off RU late to win, 80-71.

    The Scarlet Knights held a 38-36 halftime lead despite its two top scorers on the bench with foul trouble for a majority of the first half and led by as many as six in the second half.

    Rutgers, which had won two straight since its loss to No. 1 UConn, fell to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the American.  The Cardinals meanwhile, RU’s fourth top 25 opponent of the season, improved to 21-1 in their 14th straight win.  Louisville also upped its mark to 9-0 in the league.

    WHAT’S THE SCENARIO – THE ROAD TO UNCASVILLE

    Standings as of 2/19/14

    Team:

    Record:

    Pct.

    Games Back

    Games Remaining

    1. UConn *

    14-0

    1.000

    --

    4 – at HOU; at SMU; vs. RUT; at LOU

    1. Louisville *

    14-1

    .933

    .5

    3 – vs. RUT; at CIN; vs. UConn

    1. Rutgers *

    11-3

    .786

    3

    4 – at LOU; vs. TEM; vs. UConn; vs. USF

    1. USF *

    9-5

    .643

    5

    4 – at TEM; vs. MEM; vs. SMU; at RUT

    1. SMU

    6-8

    .429

    8

    4 – at MEM; vs. UConn; at USF; vs. UCF

    1. Temple

    6-8

    .429

    8

    4 – vs. USF; at RUT; at UCF; vs. HOU

    ---- Games Behind Sixth Place ---

    1. Memphis

    4-10

    .286

    2

    4 – vs. SMU; at USF; at HOU; vs. CIN

    1. Cincinnati

    4-11

    .267

    2.5

    3 – at UCF; vs. LOU; at MEM

    1. UCF

    3-12

    .200

    3.5

    3 – vs. CIN; vs. TEM; at SMU

    1.  Houston

    1-4

    .067

    5.5

    3 – vs. UConn; vs. MEM; at TEM

    [*] Clinched tournament quarterfinals berth

    Seeding

    The top six seeds earn a berth into the quarterfinals of the American Women’s Basketball Tournament.

    Overall conference record is used to seed teams 1 through 10. Ties shall be broken in the following manner:

    Two-Team Tie. The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:

    1. Regular season head-to-head results.
    2. Each team’s record vs. the team or tied teams occupying the highest position in the standings. If an advantage is not determined, proceed to the next team or group of tied teams in the standings for comparison.
    3. Coin Flip. The procedure takes place at The American Athletic Conference office immediately following the conclusion of the last regular season conference game.

    Three-Team Tie (or more). The following procedure will be used in the following order until the tie is broken:

    1. Teams are viewed as a “mini-conference” when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage. The team with the worst record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference is seeded the lowest.
    2. If only two teams have the same best winning percentage in the mini-conference, the higher seed goes to the team winning the head-to-head series.
    3. If the two teams split their two games, then proceed to Step 2 under Two-Team ties.

    2014 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

    Game 1: Fri. Mar 7 – No. 9 vs. No. 8 – 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

    Game 2: Fri. Mar. 7 – No. 7 vs. No. 10 – 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

     

    Game 3: Sat. Mar. 8 – No. 4 vs. No. 5 – Noon (ESPN3)

    Game 4: Sat. Mar. 8 – No. 1 vs. Winner Game 1 – 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

    Game 5: Sat. Mar. 8 – No. 2 vs. Winner Game 2 – 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

    Game 6: Sat. Mar. 8 -  No. 3 vs. No. 6 – 8 p.m. (ESPN3)

     

    Game 7: Sun. Mar. 9 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 – 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

    Game 8: Sun. Mar. 8 – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 – 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

     

    Game 9: Mon. Mar. 10 – Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 – 7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

    20 AND COUNTING

    Head coach C. Vivian Stringer recorded her 28th 20-win season since her 1979-80 campaign, which includes stints at Cheyney State and Iowa, as well at Rutgers.  While “On The Banks”, Stringer has had 14 20-win campaigns.

    The 2013-14 squad is among the quickest teams to reach the 20-win mark in Stringer’s career.

    1998-99 – Feb. 6

    1985-86 – Feb. 8

    1978-79 – Feb. 10

    1979-80 – Feb. 14

    1980-81 – Feb. 14

    2005-06 – Feb. 14

    2013-14 – Feb. 15

    2007-08 – Feb. 16

    400-WIN CLUB

    Head coach C. Vivian Stringer won  her 400th career victory “On The Banks” at Houston on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

    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

    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 – a 21-point effort in the overtime loss at Memphis.  

    SCORING IN CHUNKS

    RU surpassed the 80+ point mark for the second time this season.  The Scarlet Knights had 80 points in an 83-53 win over Wagner on Dec. 12 of this season

    Rutgers last had two games of 80 points or more in 2010-11 when they had a 90-56 win over Kean and an 88-59 victory over North Carolina A&T.  Last time Rutgers has three 80+ point scoring games was during the 2008-09 season.

    20/20 VISION

    A member of the Scarlet Knights has scored 20 or more points 16 times in 2013-14, the most 20+ point outings since the 2011-12 season when RU had a Scarlet Knight reach the milestone nine times.

    Kahleah Copper has reached the 20+ point milestone nine times thus far this season, the most since April Sykes did so six times during the 2010-11 campaign and Brittany Ray did so seven times in 2009-10.

    Epiphany Prince holds the mark for the most 20-point games in the last five years, recording 16 in the 2008-09 season.

    Copper and Scaife notched 22 points against UCF (Feb. 15), marking the fifth time this year RU has had two Knights score 20 or more points in a game.  RU also had two Scarlet Knights drop 20 or more points against UConn (Tyler Scaife – 22; Kahleah Copper 20), Howard (Rachel Hollivay – 26; Kahleah Copper – 23), Memphis (Kahleah Copper – 23; Tyler Scaife – 21) and Temple (Betnijah Laney – 24; Kahleah Copper – 20).

    BLOCK PARTY

    After blocking six shots against UCF (Feb. 15), Rachel Hollivay now has 81 this season, good for third on the single-season list.

    Hollivay is 16 blocks shy of tying former great Sue Wicks’ single-season record of 97 blocks, set during the 1986-87 season.

    ESSY ON THE D-FENSE

    Junior guard Syessence Davis has proved to be invaluable on defense this season. Davis has recorded three or more steals in 17 of the last 21 games, as her 2.9 steals per game average is first in the league.

    Davis recorded a career-high seven steals against  on Dec. 12, surpassing her previous best effort of five which was captured on four occasions, most recently at Davidson (Dec. 4). 

    HAND OUTS

    Syessence Davis has been generous with the ball through the first 25 games of the 2013-14 campaign, averaging 4.4 assists per game.  The Neptune, N.J., native has handed out five or more assists in 15 of RU’s 25 games this season.

    THE WINNING FORMULA

    The starting lineup of Rachel Hollivay, Kahleah Copper, Tyler Scaife, Syessence Davis and Betnijah Laney has been used 13 times this season. That starting five is 10-3.

    RUTGERS VS. THE TOP-25

    Rutgers is currently 1-3 against the Top 25 in 2013-14.

    Nov. 29 – vs. #15/17 LSU L, 65-69

    Dec. 21 – vs. #16/15 Georgia W, 61-58

    Jan. 19 – vs. #1/1 UConn L, 64-94

    Jan. 28 – vs. #5/5 Louisville L., 71-80

    LIVING IN THE PAINT

    RU has scored 30 or more point in the paint in 18 of its last 21 games and 20 times this season.  The team has won the points in the paint battle in 18 of 25 games and is 17-1 in those contests. The Scarlet Knights’ season-high of points in the paint is 52, recording against Wagner (Dec. 13) and UCF (Feb. 15).

    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

    UCF - 14-0 Knights held scoreless for 3:57

    UCF - 14-0 Knights held scoreless for 4:29

    PILING ON

    Rutgers defeated UCF by 40 points last time, the team’s largest margin of victory this season.  RU has held 30+ point leads on six teams this season – (37 - vs. Wagner; 33 -  vs. Sacred Heart; 31 – vs. Howard; 31 - at Davidson; at Houston - 37; vs. UCF - 43).

    It was the third time the Scarlet Knights had a 30+ point edge against on the road and first against an American opponent this season.

    TURNOVERS

    The RU forced UCF into 22 turnovers in its victory over the Knights. RU has forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers 12 times in 25 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

    After meeting the Cardinals on Sunday, only three more games remain on RU’s regular season slate.  Next up for the Scarlet Knights is Temple on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the RAC.  The first 1,000 fans can receive a free Coach C. Vivian Stringer bobblehead.

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