PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 22, 2014) – Postseason action continues for the Rutgers women’s basketball team as they host the Harvard Crimson in the second round of the WNIT on Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the RAC.
Tickets are available by calling 866-445-GORU or online here.
Reserve tickets (100 level) are $25, general admission tickets (200 or 300 level) are $10 and courtside seating is $50 for the first round game. Rutgers student are free with student ID.
Parking is $10 and will be collected upon entrance to the Scarlet or Green lots at the RAC. Parking is on a first-come-first-served basis.
Doors to the RAC will open at 6:00 p.m. and the parking lots will open at 5:30 p.m.
• The Rutgers women’s basketball team hosts Harvard in second round WNIT action on Monday night at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights advanced with a 65-61 win over Delaware on Thursday.
• The game will be available on RVision, Presented by AT&T, at ScarletKnights.com. Additionally Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer will be on the call on the Rutgers IMG Radio Network on WCTC (1450 AM). RU’s student station, WRSU (88.7 FM), will also broadcast second round WNIT action.
• RU enters at 23-9 overall and earned an at-large bid to the 64-team WNIT.
• American Freshman of the Year Tyler Scaife led all scorers with 22 points vs. the Blue Hens in the first round. The rookie was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the line.
• Harvard, who defeated Iona at the buzzer, 90-89, in its first round contest, is currently 22-7 overall and posted an 11-3 mark in Ivy League play.
• Sophomore forward and First Team All-AAC honoree Kahleah Copper leads RU in scoring (15.8 ppg) with 26 double figure scoring games. She is also hauling in 6.0 rebounds per game.
• Junior forward and Second Team All-AAC pick Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.1 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 21 times, recording 14 double-doubles in that span.
• Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay enters the WNIT at 3.3 blocks per game and ranks eighth nationally. She has 101 blocks this season which is the RU single-season record.
Harvard comes to the RAC after the Crimson punched past Iona, 90-89, on Monday night with senior Christine Clark going the full length of the court for the game-winning basket at the buzzer.
The Crimson are making their third straight WNIT appearance and come to the RAC sporting a 22-7 overall record. Harvard is an at-large big out of the Ivy League where they recorded an 11-3 mark.
Harvard head coach Kathy Delaney-Smith became the all-time winningest Ivy League coach this season, in addition to earning her 500th career win and 300th Ivy League victory.
On the court, senior guard and Ivy League leading scorer Christine Clark is pouring in 16.7 points per game to lead the Crimson. She is followed by junior forward Temi Fagbenle at 13.3 points per game along with 9.3 boards per game to lead the Ivy in rebounds.
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
The Rutgers women’s basketball team missed out on an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament last Monday night and is making its first ever WNIT appearance.
The Scarlet Knights are one of three teams from the American Athletic Conference - joining USF and SMU - in contending for the WNIT title. Additionally, four teams from the Big Ten - Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan & Northwestern - are also among the 64 teams vying for the title. RU joins the Big Ten next season.
The Scarlet Knights have a long storied history of post-season play - RU has appeared in 168 post-season contests.
Record Win Pct.
NCAA - 35-23 (.603)
WNIT - 1-0 (1.00)
American Tournament - 1-1 (.500)
BIG EAST Tournament - 23-17 (.575)
Atlantic-10 Tournament- 24-9 (.727)
AIAW Nationals- 7-2 (.778)
AIAW Satellite - 1-1 (.500)
EAIAW Regionals - 13-10 ( .565)
TOTALS: 105-63 (.625)
Under head coach C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers has made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances going 27-14 in that span.
With the 65-61 win over Delaware in the first round of the WNIT, Rutgers captured its 23rd win of the 2013-14 season, the most wins by the Scarlet Knights since 2007-08
The Scarlet Knights last reached the 23-win mark in 2007-08 when RU finished the season at 27-7.
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 66.3 points per game. That is 10.3 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 26 of their 32 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. 67.3 (29 games) 2002-03 – 21-8 – 2nd Round
4. 66.3 (30 games) 2013-14 – CURRENT SEASON
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
* Current Assistant Coach Tasha Pointer helped with that scoring average by averaging 6.8 assists per game as a sophomore. She is Rutgers all-time assists leader (men or women).
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 13-3 at home in 2013-14 and has gone 148-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.
Rutgers at the RAC over the last 10 years:
2013-14: 13-3 (UConn, Louisville, USF)
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)
2003-04: 14-1 (UConn)
2002-03: 11-2 (Boston College, Miami)
With two blocks against No. 1/1 UConn in the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, Rachel Hollivay became Rutgers single season leader in rejections surpassing former great Sue Wick’s record of 97 set during the 1986-87 season.
She followed by adding another pair of blocks in the WNIT First Round victory over Delaware to become the first women’s basketball player in RU history with over 100 rejections in a season.
Hollivay currently stands at 101 rejections in 2013-14 and is third (men or women) in blocks in a single 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 23 of the last 28 games, as her 3.0 steals per game average leads the American and is fourth nationally.
Davis recorded a career-high seven steals against Wage (Dec. 12), surpassing her previous best effort of five which was captured on four occasions, most recently at Davidson (Dec. 4).
Junior forward Betnijah Laney notched her 14th double-double of the season against Delaware in the first round of the WNIT with 10 points and 12 rebounds against the Blue Hens.
Her 14 double figure scoring and rebounding games are the most since Kia Vaughn had 12 double-doubles during the 2006-07 season.
NO MESSY, ESSY
Syessence Davis currently ranks 25th nationally in assist/turnover ratio and is second in the American in the category.
Twice this post-season, Davis has had four assist to no turnover games coming against Delaware in the first round of the WNIT and SMU in the quarterfinal of the American Athletic Conference Tournament.
The junior point guard has committed no turnovers in four other contests - Texas Tech (3 ast/0 to), USF (7 ast/0 ), Cincinnati (5 ast/0 to) and Houston (2 ast/0 to).
CLEANING THE GLASS
Rutgers has won the battle on the boards in 20 of its 32 games going 18-2 when winning the war on the glass.
Betnijah Laney leads RU in rebounding at 8.8 boards per game, ranking her third in the American Athletic Conference, behind Stefanie Dolson of UConn and Alisia Jenkins of USF.
Laney has had 16 double digit rebounding efforts this season.
OFF AND RUNNING
The Rutgers women’s basketball team has taken some rather large runs in games this season. The 14 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
Delaware - 10-0 Blue Hens held scoreless for 1:42
The winner of Monday night’s game between Rutgers and Harvard will advance to the third round of the WNIT to face Seton Hall. The Pirates defeated Princeton, 75-74, on Sunday night.
Site, date and time of the third round WNIT is TBA.
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