PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 28, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team travels to meet Bowling Green in the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at 7 p.m.
• The Rutgers women’s basketball team travels to Bowling Green for the quarterfinals of the WNIT on Monday night at 7 p.m. The Scarlet Knights advanced with a 91-79 double overtime victory over Seton Hall on Thursday night.
• The game will air on WCTC (1450 am) with Ed Cohen and Danny Breslauer on the call. Fans can also watch live video (subscription required) at bgsufalcons.com.
• RU enters at 25-9 overall and earned an at-large bid to the 64-team WNIT.
• American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Tyler Scaife netted a career-high 29 points, First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree Kahleah Copper added in a career-high 27 points and Second Team All-American Athletic Conference selection Betnijah Laney added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
• Bowling Green advanced to Monday’s quarterfinals following a 63-53 win over Michigan.
• Copper leads RU in scoring (16.2 ppg) with 28 double figure scoring games. She is also hauling in 6.2 rebounds per game.
• Betnijah Laney is averaging just shy of a double-double with 12.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. She has scored in double figures 23 times, recording 15 double-doubles in that span.
• Sophomore center Rachel Hollivay enters Monday at 3.3 blocks per game and ranks eighth nationally. She has 111 blocks this season, which is the RU single-season record.
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN
The Falcons are coming off a 63-53 win over Michigan in their third round WNIT matchup to host the Scarlet Knight in quarterfinal play.
Bowling Green is currently 30-4 on the year, missing out on an at-large NCAA despite only four losses all year and coming in at No. 32 in the RPI. The Falcons have won 16 of their last 17 contests with their only loss being a 73-55 setback to Ball State to open up Mid-American Tournament play during that span. BGSU also is undefeated at the Stroh Center at 16-0 and is 44-7 at home since the arena opened.
The Falcons are making their sixth appearance in the WNIT, where they hold a 7-4 regular in the post-season tournament on their homecourt.
Fifth-year senior forward Alexis Rogers is scoring 14.4 points per contest along with a team-leading 8.0 rebounds per contest. Rogers, a WBCA Regional All-American, had a game-high 20 points the win over Michigan on Thursday night.
Other Falcons in averaging double digits include senior guard Jillian Halfhill at 13.3 points per game and redshirt sophomore Erica Donovan adding 10.8 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds per outing.
Monday night’s quarterfinal matchup will be the first ever meeting between the Scarlet Knights and Falcons.
With the 91-79 double overtime win over Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT, Rutgers captured its 25th win of the 2013-14 season, the most wins by the Scarlet Knights since 2007-08
The Scarlet Knights last reached the 25-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 67.0 points per game. That is 11.0 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 28 of their 34 games this season.
MORE THAN JUST REGULATION
The Scarlet Knights played in the second overtime game of the season in Thursday’s 91-79 victory over Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT.
In their other OT contest this season, the Scarlet Knights fell, 74-73, at Memphis on Jan. 14.
It was the squad’s first double-overtime game since Dec. 5, 2011, when Rutgers fell, 92-81, at Miami.
RU evened its record in overtime this season at 1-1.
KNOW HOW TO KNOCK ‘EM DOWN
Redshirt sophomore guard Briyona Canty helped send Thursday’s Seton Hall game into overtime thanks to a free throw.
Canty was fouled at mid-court with just .2 seconds left in regulation and headed to the line. Missing the first attempt, Canty’s second free throw was good and forced overtime with the two schools knotted at 62-62. For Canty, who finished with eight points, it was her only score of regulation.
As a team, the Scarlet Knights shot 85.4 percent (35-for-41) from the free throw line. The free throw total shattered the team’s previous high of 23 made vs. Delaware and was the third-best percentage of the season.
RU converted at least 30 free throws for the third time in the last 10 seasons. The Scarlet Knights recorded 31at Georgetown on Feb. 21, 2004 and 30 against Georgetown on Dec. 9, 2012.
For the sixth-straight game, RU got to the free throw line more than the opposition. The Scarlet Knights recorded 20 or more attempts from the charity stripe in five of those six games.
On the season, RU is currently shooting 67.1 percent from the charity stripe.
LIVING IN THE PAINT
RU has scored 30 or more points in the paint in 25 of its 34 games this season, including 36 vs. Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT
The Scarlet Knights’ season-high of points in the paint is 52, recorded against Wagner (Dec. 13) and UCF (Feb. 15).
Rutgers has registered 40 or more points inside six times this campaign.
PLUNDERING THE PIRATES
Freshman Tyler Scaife went off for 29 points – the most points for a Scarlet Knight this season and highest total since April Sykes dropped 32 points on Dec. 12, 2010 at Boston College – against Seton Hall.
Scaife went 5-for-5 from the free throw line for her 10th perfect free throw clip this season. She also reset her career-highs in field goals attempted and made with her 12-of-24 shooting from the floor.
Sophomore Kahleah Copper notched a career-high 27 points, her team-leading 11th 20-point effort of the season. It was Copper’s first 20-point game since dropping 22 on March 8 against SMU. The double-figure effort was her 28th this season.
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.
In WNIT play, Hollivay is averaging 4.0 blocks per game, which includes eight rejections against Seton Hall in the third round, one shy of her career mark.
Hollivay currently stands at 111 rejections in 2013-14 and is third (men or women) in blocks in a single season. Only Hamady Ndiaye (2009-10) and Roy Hinson (1982-83) on the men’s side have blocked more shots in a single season, swatting 145 and 144, respectively.
Junior forward Betnijah Laney notched her 15th double-double of the season against Seton Hall in third round of the WNIT with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Her 15 double figure scoring and rebounding games are the most since Kia Vaughn had 12 double-doubles during the 2006-07 season.
CLEANING THE GLASS
Rutgers has won the battle on the boards in 21 of its 34 games going 19-2 when winning the war on the glass.
Betnijah Laney leads RU in rebounding at 8.9 boards per game, ranking her third in the American Athletic Conference, behind Stefanie Dolson of UConn and Alisia Jenkins of USF.
Laney has had 17 double digit rebounding efforts this season.
On Thursday night, sophomore center Rachel Hollivay reset her career-mark on the boards hauling in 14 rebounds vs. Seton Hall. It was her most rebounds since grabbing 10 at SMU (Feb. 8).
SCORING IN CHUNKS
Rutgers’ 91 points against Seton Hall was the highest point total this season and the second time in 2013-14 that the Scarlet Knights reached the 90+ point mark.
RU had 90 points against UCF (Feb. 15) in a 90-50 victory.
Last time RU had three 80 or more point scoring games was during the 2008-09 season, while the last time Rutgers had two games with 90 or more points was in the 1998-99 season when the Scarlet Knights had 90 points vs. St. John’s (Jan. 10), 99 vs. Providence (Jan. 24) and 90 against Arizona in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (Mar. 14).
A member of the Scarlet Knights has scored 20 or more points 21 times in 2013-14, the most 20+ point outings since the 2010-11 season when RU had a Scarlet Knight reach the milestone 15 times.
Kahleah Copper has reached the 20+ point milestone 11 times thus far this season, the most since Brittany Ray did so seven times in 2009-10.
Epiphany Prince holds the mark for the most 20-point games in the last five years, recording 16 in the 2008-09 season.
The winner of Monday night’s Rutgers/Bowling Green quarterfinal will face the winner of South Florida/Mississippi State in the WNIT semifinals. The semifinals will take place either Wed., April 2 or Thurs. April 3. Site, date and time will be announced at the conclusion of Monday night’s games.
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