PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 22, 2014) – Freshman guard Tyler Scaife (Little Rock, Ark.) was named the 2014 All-Met Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-Met, while sophomore forward Kahleah Copper (Philadelphia, Pa.) was named First Team All-Met, it was announced by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.
Scaife’s honors add to an already long list of accolades she has received in her first season “On The Banks”, including American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, Full Court Third Team Freshman All-American, Second Team All-American Athletic Conference and WNIT All-Tournament Team. She averaged 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in her first year, leading RU in scoring in 14 contests. During WNIT action, Scaife averaged 18 points, including a career-high 29 points in the third round WNIT double overtime victory against Seton Hall and netting the game-winning bucket in the championship game at UTEP. All together, the rookie Scarlet Knight reached the 20+ point mark seven times, including 25 points against then-No. 5 Louisville and 22 points against national champion Connecticut.
The WNIT Most Valuable Player, Copper was RU’s leading scorer at 16.1 points per game this season along with a team second-best 6.2 rebounds per game. A First Team All-American Athletic Conference honoree, she scored in double figures in all but five games of the 2013-14 season, including opening the season with 11-straight double figure contests and ending the year with double figures each American Athletic Conference Tournament and WNIT contest. In the six games of the WNIT, Copper averaged 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. She scored 20 or more points in 11 games, including a career-high 27 points against Seton Hall in the third round of the WNIT. She finished the season fourth in the American Athletic Conference in field goal percentage (.521) behind UConn’s Moriah Jefferson and Stephanie Dolson and teammate Rachel Hollivay (Columbus, Miss.), shooting above .500 in 20 of her 36 appearances. Copper also performed four double-doubles on the year.
The Rutgers women’s basketball team finished the 2013-14 season at 28-9 overall, the most victories by the Scarlet Knights since 2005, and captured the 2014 WNIT post-season title. RU won the final three games of the WNIT on the road, including a 56-54 victory over UTEP in front of 12,222 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The Scarlet Knight roster featured four juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen, all who will join incoming freshmen guards Ashli Jeune (Westampton, N.J.) and Shrita Parker (Va. Beach, Va.) next season.
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