Piscataway, New Jersey — The Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team (6-9, 0-3 B1G) kicks off the new year as the team welcomes 16/17 Maryland (11-3, 2-1 B1G) to Jersey Mike’s Arena. 2.
The competition will start at 2pm and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. This outing is the first of three consecutive games for Scarlet Knights to appear on BTN.
RU lost to Penn State on Friday, December 30, 90-72 (10-4, 1-2 B1G).
Kyleen Smikle led the team with 18 points in her 11th double-figure scoring of the season. Chyna Cornwell and Kassondra Brown also reached double figures with 13 each, and Erica Lafayette added her 10th.
The Scarlet Knights outscored the Nittany Lions 41-29 (+12). Brown set the pace for his team with his eight boards and Cornwell also secured his seven off the grass.
1st year prodigy
freshman Kylene Smile He’s pacing the team with an average of 20.3 points in Big Ten play, plus 15.7 points per game. She is the only Scarlett her knight to score more than her 20 points in one game, and has accomplished her feat five times off the bench. She scored 22 against South Dakota (November 20), 23 against Cornell (November 27), 21 against Ohio (December 4), and Illinois (December 7). 22 points, and a career-high 26 against Princeton (December 7). 15). The freshman has scored in her double figures in 11 of her 15 games in this campaign.
The Farmingdale, NY product is also solid across the arc. Her 26 3-point shots led Scarlett her Knights, and her 5 3-shots against South Dakota marked her RU’s best performance in a single game this season. did. She’s hit at least one of her 3-pointers in every contest on this slate, and in her last four games she’s scored two or more.
china cornwell He made a big presence in the post for the Scarlet Knights this season.
She leads the team with five double-doubles, including back-to-back games against Illinois (December 7) and Hamptons (December 10).
- vs Seton Hall – 10 points, 10 rebounds
- vs Cornell – 11 points, 16 rebounds
- Illinois – 10 points, 11 rebounds
- vs. Hamptons – 18 points, 14 rebounds
- vs New Orleans – 15 points, rebounds
Cornwell is currently tied for second in the Big Ten with five double-doubles.
strong from the board
All but one win, Rutgers has more rebounds than their opponents.
The team has 30 or more rebounds in 13 of 15 games, including a season-high 53 against Cornell (November 27). The team also scored the highest rebounding his margin +23 against Big Red.
china cornwell Leading the Scarlet Knights off the board, he ranks third in the Big Ten with 8.8 rebounds per game. Her 16 rebounds against Cornell are also her second best in a single game this season.
Cornwell are also pacing the league with an offensive board of 3.9 per game.
Scarlet Knights against Top 25
RU will face eight teams mentioned between the AP Top 25 and USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls. This includes six Big Ten and his two non-conference opponents.
- No. 3/4 Ohio*
- No. 4/3 Indiana*
- No. 12/10 Iowa*
- No. 14/19 Michigan*
- No. 16/17 Maryland*
- No. RV/RV Texas#
- RV/RV Nebraska*
- NR/RV South Dakota
*Big Ten Contest
# Battle 4 Atlantis
Washington returns to the Big Ten
Washington’s time at Rutgers marked the head coach’s return to the Big Ten after 12 seasons as head coach at Penn State. From 2012 to 2014, the Lady Lions won his third consecutive Big His Ten regular season title and his third consecutive regular season crown in conference history. Of four programs he became one. She led Penn State to her 16 appearances in her two sweets in 2012 and her 2014, with 17 players she has developed to All-Big 10 status over 32 occasions.
Washington is a three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year (2012-14), a two-time WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2012, 2013) and a two-time WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist (2012, 2013). ) was selected. She was also named the Black Coaches Association (BCA) Female Coach of the Year in 2011 and she was named 2014.
Washington isn’t the only rookie to be on the sidelines this season, as he named assistant coaches Tasha Poynter, Nicky McRae Penson and John Hampton during the offseason.
Pointer will return “on the banks”, bringing a total of 18 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons with the Scarlet Knights from 2007-2015. As a player from 1997 to his 2001, Poynter led Rutgers to his 2000 Final Four. This produced a program record of 1,456 points scored in 128 appearances, totaling 839 assists and his 292 steals. Pointer was inducted into his Athletics Hall of Fame by Rutgers in 2008. This was also his first year of seven appearances in the postseason, leading the Scarlet Knights to his NCAA Elite Eight, Sweet 16, WNIT Championship.
McCray-Penson has 15 years of experience as a college coach in Piscataway, New Jersey, most recently as head coach at Mississippi State University and Old Dominion. She then went on to have a career as an outstanding college player at the University of Tennessee, where she won two gold medals in her ninth season in the WNBA. She won Team her USA performances at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
A former Clarkson University head coach, Hampton has spent the past seven seasons at St. Joseph’s, including his final three seasons as the Hawks’ assistant head coach. At St. His Joe’s, Hampton led the Hawks to his second postseason, winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament title He Game, Hawk He Classic crown, and WNIT victory. Hampton graduated from the University of Mansfield in 2008 and joined the men’s basketball program as a walk-on, winning MVP of the team twice in 2007 and 2008. As a senior he was named a PSAC All-He-Conference Winner.
Scarlet Knights on the big screen
The Scarlet Knights are scheduled for eight appearances between the Big Ten Network and Fox Sports 1.
- vs Ohio – Dec 4 – 12pm BTN
- v New Orleans – Dec 18 – 2pm (BTN)
- vs Maryland – 2nd January – 2pm (BTN)
- vs Nebraska – January 7 – 2pm (BTN)
- Minnesota – January 12 – 8:30 PM (BTN)
- vs Michigan – Jan 19 – 8:30pm (BTN)
- Iowa – February 12 – 3pm (FS1)
- Wisconsin – Feb 20 – 8pm BTN
- vs. Illinois – Feb. 26 – 2pm *Changeable to B1G+
All Big Ten Tournament matches will also be nationally televised.
The remaining 11 home games on the schedule not set to be televised will be streamed on Big Ten+.
History for Maryland
Maryland is ahead of Rutgers with an all-time record of 29-12. . The Scarlet Knights have called off the last five meetings, and the team’s most recent win came his Dec. 31, 2018 (73-65).
Maryland beat Piscataway, N.J., for a comfortable four games on Monday as the team beat Purdue (77-74), followed by No. 6 UCONN (85-78), Purdue Fort Wayne (88-51), Minnesota (107-85).
UMD’s most recent loss was to Nebraska (67-90) in early December.
In addition to the Huskies, the Terrapins beat out two other ranked programs in this campaign and were number one at the time. 17 Bale (73-68), then -No. 7 Notre Dame (74-72). The team lost to No. 1 South Carolina in the second game of the season (56-81).
Diamond Miller (18.5), Cheyenne Sellers (14.6) and Abby Myers (14.3) are averaging over 10 points per game to pace the team. Miller and Meyers also lead the stats when it comes to rebounding, with 6.5 and 5.1 boards per game respectively.
The Rutgers will play their second back-to-back home game to host Nebraska on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 PM. The competition will also be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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