PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 17, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team will host the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens in the first round of WNIT action on Thursday, March 20. Game time will be announced on Tuesday.
Season ticket holders can contact their ticket representative for more information on purchasing WNIT tickets. Additional ticket information will be released on Tuesday.
The Scarlet Knights currently stand at 22-9 overall and finished in fourth place in its only season in the American Athletic Conference at 12-6 in league play. RU joins USF and SMU as one of three AAC schools in the post-season tournament. Additionally four Big Ten members – Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota & Northwestern – are in the field from the league Rutgers will join next season.
The Rutgers resume includes three match-ups with defending national champion Connecticut, two meetings with national runner-up Louisville, a closely contested meeting with No. 15/17 LSU at the Barclays Invitational and a win over then-No. 15/16 Georgia.
Sophomore forward and First Team All-American Athletic Conference member Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) leads the Scarlet Knights at 15.8 points per game along with 6.0 rebounds per contest. Following Copper on the stat sheet is American Rookie of the Year freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.), who in her first season “on the banks” has produced 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Rounding out the double figure scorers is junior forward and Second Team All-AAC honoree Betnijah Laney (Clayton, Del.) at 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game along with 14 double-doubles this season.
Delaware is the automatic qualifier from the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens enter WNIT play at 20-10 overall and finished second in the CAA at 10-6. Delaware fell to James Madison in the CAA Championship game.
Delaware is led by First Team All-CAA member senior center Kelsey Buchanan at 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game along with sophomore guard Courtni Green at 9.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest.
It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1977. The series is tied at 1-1 with both meetings occurring in the EAIAW Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. Delaware won the first meeting in the second round of the 1976 tournament, while Rutgers defeated the Blue Hens in 1977 during the consolation round.
The winner of Thursday night’s game will advance to play the winner between Iona and Harvard. Second round date and time will to be announced.
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