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No. 24 Women’s Basketball Hosts Temple Wednesday Night
First 1,000 Fans Receive C. Vivian Stringer Bobblehead
  • Posted on February 24, 2014 10:45:46 PM
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    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 24, 2014) – The No. 24 Rutgers women’s basketball team currently sits in third place in the American Athletic Conference standings as the Scarlet Knights head into their final three regular season games.  Rutgers hosts Temple on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m.  The game will air on the American Digital Network with Tara Petrolino and Debbie Antonelli on the call.


    The first 1,000 fans to the RAC can receive a C. Vivian Stringer bobblehead.  Also the first 200 fans to the ticket table in the lobby can pick up a Betnijah Laney trading card.


    • Wednesday’s American Athletic Conference matchup with Temple tips off at 7:30 p.m. (EST) at the RAC. The matchup will close the season series with Temple, as the American Digital Network will carry a live broadcast of the game. WRSU, the Rutgers student radio, will also be on hand.

    • Rutgers enters the contest at 20-6 overall and 11-4 in the American after losing, 73-58, at No. 3/3 Louisville. The Scarlet Knights had three in double figures in the losing effort.

     • The Scarlet Knights look to get back to their winning ways against the Owls. A win Wednesday would give RU its first regular season sweep of Temple since the 1994-95 season and give the team at least 21 wins for the third time in the past five seasons.

    • Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring and field goal percentage. She is seventh in the American with 16.0 points per game and second in the league in field goal percentage (56.9 percent). She has led RU in scoring 13 times in 26 games.

    • Junior Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 17 times in 24 games played, recording 12 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.


    Temple visits the RAC in what marks the second to last road game for the Owls of the 2013-14 season. The squad enters the matchup at 12-14 overall and 6-9 in the American after losing their last three contests. Temple’s last two losses have both come by three points or less at the Liacouras Center, as the Owls lost, 72-69 against USF (Feb. 22) and 55-53 against Cincinnati (Feb. 15).

    Feyond Fitzgerald (12.4 ppg) and Natasha Thames (10.7 ppg) are the only two Owls in double figures, while Tyonna Williams (9.8 ppg) and Shi-Heria Shipp (9.5 ppg) are knocking at the door. Thames also doubles as one of the league’s top rebounders, hauling in 7.7 per game for ninth in the conference. Her 51.8 percent shooting is eighth in the American. Fitzgerald has proved to be a dual-threat offensively, also averaging 4.0 assists per game – the fifth-best mark in the conference.

    Temple last won a conference road game at Houston on Feb.  4, 79-46, in what was the team’s fourth-highest scoring output this season.


    With a win over the Owls, RU would sweep the regular season with Temple for the first time since the 1994-95 season, when the squad won 95-71 in the first meeting (Feb. 1, 1995) and 95-59 in the second meeting (Feb. 22, 1995). 

    Overall the Scarlet Knights have won three-straight against Temple, last losing at the RAC to their former Atlantic-10 rival on Dec. 2, 2009 (62-51). RU is 7-3 in its last 10 meetings against Temple.

    In the first meeting this season between the two schools, Rutgers overcame a six-point second half deficit to bounce back for a 74-68 victory at McGonigle Hall. The Scarlet Knights had four players in double figures, as they upped their overall mark to 15-4 and 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference. 

    Junior forward Betnijah Laney collected her 10th double-double of the year with a team-high 24 points and 10 boards and sophomore forward Kahleah Copper poured in 20 points, four steals and four assists in front of a hometown crowd.  Redshirt junior Briyona came off the bench for 13 points and sophomore center Rachel Hollivay added 11 points and five blocks.

    Temple was led by Feyonda Fitzgerald, who scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting. The Owls’ Taylor Robison was the only other player in double figures, finishing with 18 points and a hot, 8-of-12 shooting clip.


    In games against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 3 Louisville, Tyler Scaife has averaged 21.3 points per game and shot a combined 28-of-50 (56.0 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.

    In RU’s second meeting with Louisville, Scaife led the squad with 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting.

    Over the last seven contests, Scaife has been averaging 17.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. The rookie has scored in double figures and recorded at least four assists in seven of the last 11 games,


    After blocking two shots against No. 3/3 Louisville (Feb. 23), Rachel Hollivay now has 83 this season, good for third on the single-season list.

    Hollivay is 14 blocks shy of tying former great Sue Wicks’ single-season record of 97 blocks, set during the 1986-87 season.



    Standings as of 2/24/14




    Games Back

    Games Remaining

    1. UConn




    3 – at SMU; vs. RUT; at Lou

    1. Louisville *




    2 - at CIN; vs. UConn

    1. Rutgers *




    3- vs. TEM; vs. UConn; vs. USF

    1. USF *




    3 – vs. MEM; vs. SMU; at RUT

    1. SMU *




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

    1. Temple




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

    ---- Games Behind Sixth Place ---

    1. Cincinnati




    2 -  vs. LOU; at MEM

    1. Memphis




    3 -  at USF; at HOU; vs. CIN

    1. UCF




    2 -  vs. TEM; at SMU

    1.  Houston




    2 -  vs. MEM; at TEM

    [*] Clinched tournament quarterfinals berth


    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.


    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)


    The Scarlet Knights hit the road one last time for the regular season.  Rutgers meets No. 1 UConn on Saturday, March 1.  The game will air on the CBS SportsNetwork.

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