PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (4-5, 0-0 B1G) will open the Big Ten game against No. 4/5 Ohio State on Sunday, December 4 at Jersey Mike’s Arena. The game, scheduled to start at 12 p.m., will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
The Scarlet Knights will celebrate too C.Vivian Stringer Day on December 4th honoring the legendary coach throughout the game.
last time out
The Scarlet Knights fell on the road to Boston College, 75-61, in Wednesday night’s ACC/B1G Challenge.
Antonia Bates led the team with a career-high 12 points. The freshman went 4-of-6 from across the arc and 3-for-3 from deep in the fourth quarter.
— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) December 1, 2022
Kassondra Brown, Kaylene Smikle and Abby Streeter also added 11 points each to land four Scarlet Knights in double digits. Brown also added eight rebounds and four steals on the night.
C.Vivian Stringer Day
After a legendary career at the helm of Rutgers women’s basketball from 1995 to 2022, Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer will be enshrined with an induction ceremony on the court at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Sunday, December 4.
The Scarlet Knights will celebrate C. Vivian Stringer Day when the team opens the Big Ten game against Ohio State. The contests will be televised nationally on the Big Ten Network and begin at 12 p.m
Rutgers will celebrate Stringer’s career and legacy throughout the day, welcoming mail carriers and fans with pregame and halftime ceremonies “On the Banks.”
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The first 1,000 fans present will receive this commemorative magnet for the inauguration of the court 👀🏀
— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) December 2, 2022
— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) December 1, 2022
Holiday Toy Drive
Rutgers and women’s basketball will host a Christmas toy ride on December 10 hosted by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Donations will benefit the New Brunswick Public School District Early Childhood Education preschools (children ages 3-5).
The toy ride takes place in the women’s game against Hampton on Saturday 10th December at 2pm. The submission for the women’s game takes place in the arena in the hall.
SAAC aims to give gifts to over 300 children this holiday season. The donated gifts should be wrapped and distributed by December 16th.
As a thank you for your donation, fans will receive two complimentary tickets to the women’s basketball game vs. Nebraska at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Saturday, January 7th at 2pm. Anyone who donates a toy will also receive a voucher for a free hot chocolate to be used in the game on December 10th. Rutgers women’s basketball fans can use the coupon at indoor discounts at Jersey Mike’s Arena.
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phenomenon in the first year
Nine competitions in the season, freshman Kaylene smile has a great influence on the Scarlet Knights.
While leading the team with 13.3 points per game, Smikle is the only Scarlet Knight to score more than 20 points in a game, notching 22 against South Dakota State (Nov. 20) and a career-best 23 vs. Cornell (Nov. 27). She has double-digit points in six games this season, including in the last six of seven games.
The Farmingdale, New York product was also solid from beyond the arc, shooting 37.5 percent from deep for third place on the team. Their 15 three-pointers currently sit second for the Scarlet Knights, while their five three-pointers against the Jack Rabbits represent the highest single-game performance for RU this season.
Strong off the boards
In all four of Rutgers’ wins this season, Rutgers has netted more rebounds than his opponent.
The team has had more than 30 rebounds in eight of nine games, including a season-high 53 against Cornell (Nov. 27). The team also achieved their highest rebound margin against Big Red, +23.
Chyna Cornwell leads the Scarlet Knights fourth in the Big Ten with 8.6 rebounds per game. Her 16 rebounds against Cornell is also her second-best single-game performance this season.
The Scarlet Knights vs. the Top-25
RU will face nine teams named between the AP Top 25 and the USA Today/WBCA Coaches Polls, including six Big Ten and three non-conference opponents:
- #4/5 State of Ohio*
- #5/4 Indiana*
- #10/10 Iowa*
- No. 20/21 Maryland*
- #22/18 Texas#
- No. 17/20 Michigan*
- RV/RV Tennessee#
- NR/RV Nebraska*
- RV/RV State of South Dakota#
*Big Ten competition
Stay at home
The Scarlet Knights will appear in 12 non-conference games this season before entering Big Ten play.
Of the 12 games, RU will play eight at their home pitch at Jersey Mike’s Arena, including the first four. The only time the team leaves “On The Banks” is three games in the Battle4Atlantis tournament, held in Paradise Island, Bahamas, and to face Boston College for the ACC/B1G challenge.
Washington returns to the Big Ten
The Washington era at Rutgers signals the head coach’s return to the Big Ten after serving 12 seasons as head coach at Penn State. From 2012 through 2014, the Lady Lions won three consecutive Big Ten regular-season titles, becoming one of four programs in conference history to win three or more consecutive regular-season titles. She led Penn State to two Sweet 16 appearances in 2012 and 2014 and developed 17 players to All-Big Ten status on 32 separate occasions.
Washington has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year three times (2012-14), twice WBCA Regional Coach of the Year (2012, 2013), and twice a WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist (2012, 2013). She was also voted Black Coaches Association (BCA) Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2014.
Washington won’t be the only new face on the sidelines this season, as she named Tasha Pointer, Nikki McCray-Penson and John Hampton as assistant coaches during the offseason.
Pointer returns with “On The Banks” and brings 18 years of coaching experience, including eight seasons on the sidelines with the Scarlet Knights from 2007-2015 Career 128-game career that produced program records totaling 839 assists and 292 steals while scoring 1,456 points. Pointer was inducted into the Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008, which was also her first year on the coaching staff leading the Scarlet Knights to an NCAA Elite Eight, a Sweet 16 and a WNIT championship during seven postseason trips.
McCray-Penson comes to Piscataway, NJ with 15 years of collegiate coaching experience, most recently as head coaches at Mississippi State and Old Dominion, which followed a stellar collegiate career in Tennessee, nine seasons in the WNBA and two gold-medal-winning performances with the Team USA at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.
Former Clarkson University head coach Hampton has spent the last seven seasons at St. Joseph’s, including the last three as the Hawks’ assistant head coach. At St. Joe’s, Hampton helped lead the Hawks to the postseason twice, an Atlantic 10 Tournament title game, a Hawk Classic crown and a WNIT win. Hampton graduated from Mansfield University in 2008, where he joined the men’s basketball program as a walk-on and twice became the team’s MVP in 2007 and 2008. As a senior, he was selected as a PSAC All-Conference honoree.
Scarlet Knights on the big screen
The Scarlet Knights are set for eight appearances between Big Ten Network and Fox Sports 1.
- vs. Ohio State – Dec. 4 – 12 p.m. (BTN)
- vs. New Orleans – Dec 18 – 2pm (BTN)
- vs. Maryland – Jan 2 – 2pm (BTN)
- vs. Nebraska – Jan 7 – 2pm (BTN)
- in Minnesota – January 12 – 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
- vs. Michigan – Jan. 19 – 8:30 p.m. (BTN)
- in Iowa – February 12 – 3 p.m. (FS1)
- in Wisconsin – February 20 – 8 p.m. (BTN)
- vs. Illinois – Feb 26 – 2:00 p.m. *Can be switched to B1G+
The entire run of the Big Ten tournament will also be televised nationally.
The remaining 11 home games on the schedule that are not televised will be streamed on Big Ten+.
History against the State of Ohio
Ohio State holds the 7-13 lead in the all-time series between the two teams. After a three-game winning streak from 2020-22, the Buckeyes have made the two decisions including the most recent on Feb. 7, 2022, 61-57.
Exploring the horse chestnuts
Ohio State is yet to lose a game this season and boasts an impressive 7-0 record. They dominated No. 18/15 Louisville in their last game, 96-77, to break the Cardinals 48 home game win streak outside of conference.
Earlier this season, the Buckeyes also picked up a big win over No. 5/4 Tennessee, 87-75, their first ranked win of the season.
The trio of Rebeka Mikulasikova (18.1 ppg), Taylor Mikesell (17.7 ppg) and Jacy Sheldon (16.0 ppg) have led the offense, all averaging over 15.0 points per game. Mikulasikova also brings the team off the glass, averaging 6.0 rebounds.
Rutgers will travel to Illinois for their first Big Ten away game of the season on Wednesday, December 7 (8:00 p.m. ET). The Scarlet Knights then return home for three straight non-conference matchups against Hampton (Dec. 10), Princeton (Dec. 15), and New Orleans (Dec. 18) before returning to conference play .
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