By Ryan Moran
The Rutgers Women’s Basketball came into Monday night’s game tied with USF for third place in the Athletic American Conference (AAC) at a record of 12-5.
With the third seed in the AAC tournament on the line, Rutgers came up short in a 60-51 loss.
The game was not as close as the score may indicate. Rutgers was dominated in every facet of the game throughout the entirety of the game.
Coach C. Vivian Stringer said, “It hurts much more because it has big implications.”
One of those implications being that, if Rutgers were to win their first game, it would put them on a crash course against the #1 UConn Huskies, who just finished a perfect regular season.
Junior forward Betnijah Laney added, “It hurts us, because it’s not the easiest way”, referring to the AAC Tournament.
Rutgers looked terrible in the first half, trailing 34-21 at the half. They turned the ball over an astonishing 10 times compared to that of USF’s two turnovers. Because of these turnovers, USF was able to get more opportunities on the offensive side.
Although Rutgers outscored USF in the second half 30-26, they could not consistently stop USF down the stretch. As Junior guard Syessence Davis put it, “You can’t trade baskets. You have to maintain and get stops and we didn’t do that.”
Courtney Williams of USF was dominant as she shot 12 of 25 from the field for 26 points, while also pulling down 13 rebounds. 19 of those points coming in the second half.
Rutgers heads to Connecticut for the AAC tournament with a first round bye. They will face either Temple or SMU at noon this Saturday in the quarterfinals.
- USF outrebounded Rutgers, 46-39.
- Rutgers shot 18-54 from the floor. USF shot 25-69 from the floor.
- Rutgers had 14 turnovers, while USF had 10 turnovers.
- Rutgers got to the foul line more, but only converted 14 of a possible 21 shots.
- Rachel Hollivay had an astounding 9 blocks, which is more than USF combined.