PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Rutgers women's basketball team begins its final regular season road swing this weekend. Up first is a trip to the Kohl Center to close out the season series with Wisconsin on Saturday at noon on BTN.
|Game Twenty Seven: Wisconsin (6-20, 1-12 Big Ten)|
|Date||Saturday, Feb. 18|
|Location||Kohl Center | Madison, Wisc.|
(Mike Wolf & Christy Winters-Scott)
|Radio||Rutgers IMG Radio Network - WCTC 1450 AM
WRSU 88.7 FM
(Matt Salvatore and Alex Esposito
|Live Stats||Live Stats|
|Game Notes||Rutgers | Wisconsin | Big Ten|
|Stats||Rutgers | Wisconsin|
FINAL ROAD SWING
The Scarlet Knights head into their final regular season road swing this weekend. RU wraps up the season series with Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday at noon and with Northwestern on Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET). Both games will air on BTN.
Including Saturday’s contest with the Badgers, only three more games are left on the regular season slate.
RU will be trying to end its current slide by sweeping the season series with the Badgers. Rutgers defeated Wisconsin 68-52 in early January to help kick off the Big Ten portion of the 2016-17 schedule.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 55-42 loss to Purdue on Thursday night. Junior guard Shrita Parker led RU with 11 points, while sophomore forward Desiree Keeling came off the bench to haul in eight boards.
The Scarlet Knights and Badgers meet with identical 6-20 overall marks on Saturday afternoon. Wisconsin, however, holds a 1-12 conference mark with its lone Big Ten victory being an 82-56 win at the Kohl Center against Nebraska on Feb. 9.
Since the victory over the Cornhuskers the Badgers have dropped two-straight with a 75-66 loss at Michigan and more recently, an 89-40 loss at No. 2 Maryland on Wednesday night.
The Badgers are led by junior guard Cayla McMorris at 12.5 ppg.
Redshirt senior forward Avyanna Young, meanwhile, is second on the stat sheet at 10.8 ppg along with a team-leading 7.1 rpg. Young recently scored a season-high 23 points in Wisconsin’s loss to the Wolverines.
LAST TIME VS. WISCONSIN
The Rutgers women’s basketball team made it back-to-back victories, opening the New Year with a 68-52 win over Wisconsin behind 11 3-pointers on Jan. 4 at the RAC.
Rutgers, who shot a blistering 11-of-19 from 3-point range, had four Scarlet Knights finish the contest with double figure scoring led by sophomore guard Khadaizha Sanders with 16 points and a career-high four three-pointers. Junior guard Shrita Parker followed with 15 points and sophomore Aliyah Jeune with 13 of her own. Sophomore center Victoria Harris rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 points in the win.
Wisconsin was paced by Malayna Johnson with eight points followed by Cortney Fredrickson and Avyanna Young with seven points each.
Moving into the third quarter, the point-for-point battle continued between the teams as the Scarlet Knights edged the Badgers at 35-30 with 6:23 on the clock. A jumper by Harris at the 4:58 mark would send RU on an 11-0 run to pull away on the scoreboard to a 46-30 lead.
Despite two free throws for the Badgers to stump the surge, it did not halt the Scarlet Knight momentum as a 3-pointer for Parker closed the third stanza with a 51-34 RU advantage.
Parker went on to open the fourth quarter with another shot from beyond the arc to give Rutgers its largest edge of the night at 54-34.
Although the teams would trade points down the stretch, RU would hold at least a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest.
With less than four minutes to go in the game, the Badgers discovered a 5-0 burst on two free throws for Young and a three-pointer for Ashley Kelsick to cut the margin to 62-52 with 2:53 to go in the game. The Scarlet Knights shut down any chance of a comeback with successful trips to the charity stripe as Harris tacked on two for the game’s final margin.
NEWS FROM DOWNTOWN
Rutgers had one of its best night’s from beyond the arc in recent memory in the 68-52 victory over Wisconsin on Jan. 4.
The Scarlet Knights hit 11 3-pointers, the most made 3-point field goals since RU connected on 12 back on Dec. 7, 2006 at DePaul.
The 11 shots from downtown are also the most by the Scarlet Knights in RAC history and ties the RAC WBB record set by Providence when the Friars drilled 11 3-pointers on Jan. 2, 1996.
Four different Scarlet Knights sank shots from long range against the Badgers led by KK Sanders’ four 3-pointers, which ties RU’s season high.
RU also had another notable long-range game earlier this season. After shooting just 13.3% (2-of-15) from 3-point range at Wake Forest on Nov. 17, the Scarlet Knights showcased their 3-point prowess in the following game at Virginia.
Rutgers went 8-of-16 (.500) against the Cavaliers on Nov. 20.
Leading the way against the Cavs was sophomore Aliyah Jeune, who knocked down four of her eight attempts from downtown. It was the most 3-pointers made by a Scarlet Knights since Shrita Parker drained four against Ohio State (1-24-16) and Tyler Scaife at Saint Joseph’s (11-13-15).
The Scarlet Knights hit seven shots from long range (7-of-17) in the Big Ten home opening win over Penn State and at Nebraska (7-of-16).
Shrita Parker has been on fire since Big Ten play started. Against conference competition, the junior guard is averaging 11.3 ppg, including a career-high 20 points in back-to-back games against Iowa on Jan. 17 and Michigan State on Jan. 14.
Parker has scored in double figures in all but one Big Ten contest this winter and had led RU in scoring nine of the 13 Big Ten contests to date.
The Rutgers women's basketball team travels to Northwestern for its final regular season road contest of the 2016-17 campaign. The Scarlet Knights close out the season series with Northwestern on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. (ET) on BTN.
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