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Copper, Laney & Scaife Lauded By American Conference
Three Scarlet Knights Land on All-American Athletic Conference Teams
  • Posted on March 06, 2014 4:56:18 PM
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  • PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 6, 2014) – Sophomore forward Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior forward Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) and freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) were  named to All-American Athletic Conference Teams it was announced by the conference office on Thursday.

    Copper was a First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree, while Laney and Scaife both landed on the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team.  Scaife was also a unanimous pick to the American’s All-Freshman Team.

    The American Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year will be announced at a press conference on Friday, March 7 at Mohegan Sun Arena at 4 p.m. ET. The event will be streamed live at www.theamerican.org/dn.

    Copper is Rutgers’ leading scorer in her second season “On The Banks” and ranks seventh in the American with 15.8 points per game. She scored in double figures in all but five games and opened the season with 11-straight double figure games, reaching the mark against the entire nonconference slate.  The second-year Scarlet Knight scored 20 or more points in nine games, including a career-high 26 points at Northeastern (Nov. 13) and also had 25 points against Houston (Jan. 4) to open up conference play and 20 points against the defending national championship UConn Huskies (Jan. 19). Third in the conference in field goal percentage behind UConn’s Moriah Jefferson and Stephanie Dolson, Copper has shot at a .571 clip this season.  She is also hauling in 5.9 rebounds per game, second on the Scarlet Knights and 19th in the league.

    Laney is averaging nearly a double-double as Rutgers’ third leading scorer and leading rebounder.  A Preseason American Honorable Mention selection, she ranks 11th in the conference at 12.4 points per game and is third in the league in rebounding at 8.9 boards per game.  Laney has recorded 13 double-doubles, including a streak of seven straight, and has the most double-doubles for an RU player since the 06-07 season.  The third-year Scarlet Knight hauled in double-digit rebounds in 13 games, including a career-high 15 vs. Houston (Jan. 4).  Additionally, Laney ranks 15th in the conference in assists at 3.0 per game, including handing out a career-high seven assists in games with UCF (Feb. 15) and Memphis (Jan. 14). Laney ranks 15th in the conference in shooting percentage (.457) and has shot .500 or better from the floor 10 times.

    Scaife was the Preseason American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and is a candidate for the conference’s Freshman of the Year.  Having started all but five games as a true freshman, including the last 23 straight, Scaife is eighth in the conference in scoring and tops among all freshman at 14.1 points per game. She is 13th in the league and leading all freshmen in field goal percentage at a .460 clip.  She netted a career-high 25 points in the first meeting with Louisville (Jan. 28), resetting her previous career-high of 22 against top-ranked Connecticut (Jan. 19).  The Little Rock, Ark. native shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 13 contests.

    The Rutgers women’s basketball teams begin American Athletic Conference Tournament action on Saturday when No. 4 Rutgers meets No. 5 SMU at noon at Mohegan Sun Arena.  The game will air on ESPN3.


    American Defensive Player of the Year

    Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C

    American Most Improved Player of the Year

    Asia Taylor, Louisville, R-Sr., F

    American Sportsmanship Award

    Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C

    Tia Gibbs, Louisville, R-Sr., G

    American Sixth Player of the Year

    Rateska Brown, Temple, Jr., G


    All-Conference First Team

    *Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C

    *Bria Hartley, UConn, Sr., G

    Moriah Jefferson, UConn, So., G

    *Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F

    Sara Hammond, Louisville, Jr., F

    Asia Taylor, Louisville, R-Sr., F

    *Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Sr., G

    Ariel Hearn, Memphis, So., G

    Kahleah Copper, Rutgers, So., G

    Courtney Williams, USF, So., G

    *Keena Mays, SMU, Sr., G


    All-Conference Second Team

    Jeanise Randolph, Cincinnati, Sr., F

    Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F

    Kiah Stokes, UConn, Jr., C

    Bria Smith, Louisville, Jr., G

    Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, Jr., G/F

    Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G

    Alisia Jenkins, USF, So., F

    Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G

    Akil Simpson, SMU, Sr., F

    Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple, Fr., G

    Natasha Thames, Temple, R-Sr., F


    All-Freshman Team

    *Zykira Lewis, UCF, Fr., G

    Bianca Quisenberry, Cincinnati, Fr., G

    Saniya Chong, UConn, Fr., G

    Emmonnie Henderson, Louisville, Fr., F

    Breigha Wilder-Cochran, Memphis, Fr., G

    Mooriah Rowser, Memphis, R-Fr., G

    *Tyler Scaife, Rutgers, Fr., G

    Ariadna Pujol, USF, Fr., G

    *Kiara Perry, SMU, Fr., G

    *Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple, Fr., G

    Taylor Robinson, Temple, Fr., C

    [*] denotes unanimous pick  

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