PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 25, 2014) – Postseason action continues for the Rutgers women’s basketball team as they host the Seton Hall Pirates in the third round of the WNIT on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m.
Tickets for Thursday’s game against Seton Hall 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 third 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 Seton Hall in the third round of WNIT action on Thursday night at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights advanced with a 63-52 win over Harvard on Monday night.
• RU enters at 24-9 overall and earned an at-large bid to the 64-team WNIT.
• First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree Kahleah Copper collected her fourth double-double of the year in the win over Harvard with 19 points and 12 boards against the Crimson.
• Seton Hall advanced after downing Princeton 75-74. Sidney Cook completed a traditional three-point play with nine seconds left to lift the Pirates to the third round.
• Copper leads RU in scoring (15.9 ppg) with 27 double figure scoring games. She is also hauling in 6.2 rebounds per game.
• Junior forward and Second Team All-AAC pick Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 22 times, recording 14 double-doubles in that span.
• Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay enters the WNIT at 3.2 blocks per game and ranks eighth nationally. She has 103 blocks this season, which is the RU single-season record.
SCOUTING SETON HALL
Former BIG EAST foes, the Scarlet Knights and Pirates reunite in the third round of the WNIT vying to reach the tournament’s semifinal. Seton Hall enters the RAC sporting a 20-13 overall record and having gone 8-10 in the new BIG EAST conference.
Seton Hall is coming off a thriller of a second round game that saw the Pirates defeat Princeton, 75-74, on Sunday evening. The game featured 26 lead changes and was decided when redshirt freshman Sidney Cook forward put away the game-winner on an and-one with nine seconds left in the game.
The Pirates are led sophomore forward Tabatha Richardson-Smith at 16.8 points per game. She is also averaging 5.7 rebounds per contest. Redshirt junior guard Ka-Deidre Simmons is second on the stat sheet at 16.7 points per game, while junior guard Alexis Brown is pouring in 11.1 points per game. On the boards, junior forward Bra’Shey Ali is hauling in 11.0 rebounds per game, putting her name 17th nationally.
Under first-year head coach Anthony Bozzella, the Pirates are making their sixth postseason appearance and first since 2007.
ALL-TIME VS. SETON HALL
The Scarlet Knights are 32-8 all-time vs. the Pirates. RU has won 12 of the last 13 meetings overall and the last 10 meetings at the RAC.
LAST TIME VS. SETON HALL
The Rutgers women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking, 45-42, setback to Seton Hall at Walsh Gymnasium on January 27, 2013.
Seton Hall’s Brittany Morris regained the Pirate lead with 2:30 left in the game on a jumper for a 44-42 edge. She followed by hitting the first of two free throws with 31 seconds remaining to give the Pirates a three-point cushion, putting her team ahead, 45-42.
Betnijah Laney gave the Scarlet Knights a chance to tie the game up, but her three-point shot with 11 seconds left was off the mark. Christa Evans still gave RU hope by collecting Laney’s miss and giving the Knights one last chance look at the basket.
Coming out of a timeout with 8.6 seconds on the clock, former Scarlet Knight Erica Wheeler, RU’s top three-point threat, tried to send the game into overtime but came up short.
Laney led the Scarlet Knights with 11 points, including eight in the second half of play. Wheeler was the other Scarlet Knight in double figures with 10 points. Seton Hall was led by Morris with a game-high 19 points and Ka-Deidre Simmons chipping in 11 in the win.
With the 63-52 win over Harvard in the second round of the WNIT, Rutgers captured its 24th win of the 2013-14 season, the most wins by the Scarlet Knights since 2007-08
The Scarlet Knights last reached the 24-win mark in 2007-08 when RU finished the season at 27-7.
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 14-3 at home in 2013-14 and has gone 149-23 at the RAC since the 2002-03 season.
The squad’s 14 home wins this season are the most since the 2007-08 season, as head coach C. Vivian Stringer guided Rutgers to at least 14 home wins for the seventh time in her tenure.
Rutgers at the RAC over the last 10 years:
2013-14: 14-3 (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)
Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay added another three blocks to her resume on Monday night against Harvard. Hollivay currently stands at 103 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 24 of the last 29 games, as her 3.0 steals per game average leads the American and is eighth nationally.
RU forced the Crimson into 20 turnovers in its second round WNIT win over Harvard. RU has forced the opposition into at least 20 turnovers 15 times in 33 games.
Conversely, the Scarlet Knights committed only eight in the win over Harvard, the fewest since suffering six in the 90-50 win over UCF on Feb. 15.
Rutgers has committed fewer than 20 turnovers in 26 games, fewer than 15 miscues in 20 games and less than 10 three times.
CLEANING THE GLASS
Rutgers has won the battle on the boards in 20 of its 33 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.
NO MESSY, ESSY
Syessence Davis currently ranks 23rd nationally in assist/turnover ratio and is second in the American in the category.
On Monday night against Harvard, Davis dished out a season-high eight assists and committed just two turnovers.
Davis had four assist to no turnovers 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).
The winner of Thursday’s game between Rutgers and Seton Hall will advance the WNIT quarterfinals to face the winner of Michigan/Bowling Green. The Wolverines and Falcons square off on Thursday night in Kentucky. Site, date and time of the WNIT quarterfinal game will be announced shortly after the conclusion of both Thursday night’s game.
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