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A very good start for the winter season on the mat and the hardwood

Women's Basketball

Season record 6-0


W, 60-44



W, 100-44

Four home wins and an impressive road victory over an SEC opponent (LSU 64-57) have set the Knights up with an undefeated start to their season. It's the first time since the 2011-12 season that the team has started off this way, when RU open the year with eight straight wins.

Betnijah Laney continues her roll of double-doubles with 19 points and 12 rebounds, turning the feat in each of the team's games.  The team has a twelve-game win streak, dating back to last year's WNIT championship run.

On Sunday against Davidson (3-3), the Knights led from the start and hit the 50-point mark before the half.  Tyler Scaife led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for the fourth time this season and 17th time in her career. She tied her season-high with 23 points and reached the 20+ point mark for the second time this season and ninth time her in career.  Scaife shot a season-best career-best 80% (8-of-10) from the field, including a pair of three-pointers.

Syessence Davis recorded a season-high 11 points from off the bench. She set a new career-high in steals with eight.  Her eight assists were also a season-high.

Briyona Canty had six assists in the win and has dished out five or more assists in five of the six games played to date.

The big test comes this week as UNC comes to town.  The Tarheels are also 6-0 and recently defeated perennial power Stanford by 16 in a Hawaii tournament.  The Lady Heels are averaging over 78 points per game and have played four Power 5 schools in this opening swing.

Big Ten Honor Roll

Betnijah Laney was also named to this week's Big Ten Honor Roll in women's hoops. Laney helped Rutgers to post wins over Wagner, Colgate and Davidson, averaging 19.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and has started the season with six-straight double-doubles.

Coming up....

ACC/Big Ten Challenge


North Carolina


7:00 p.m. ET


at Arkansas

Fayetteville, Ark.

3:00 p.m. ET


Season record 7-0

If there is an opportunity for a winter Olympic sport to do very well, it could very well be wrestling.  Yet at the same time, the best competition among winter Big Ten sports is likely the same sport,  With nine or ten teams ranked in the Top 20, the Big Ten can legitimately call itself the best wrestling conference in America.  But Rutgers is also among the best, and the upcoming dual meet season in the B1G could be very interesting.

The Knights are prepping well, as they stand 7-0 on the season after sweeping their three matches at the Northeast Duals in Albany.  The most impressive win had to be against No. 19 Oklahoma, as the Knights split the bouts 5-5, but the Sooners could only muster one bonus point situation while RU had a pin and a tech fall.

Asics/Journeymen Northeast Duals


vs. Oklahoma #19

Troy, N.Y.

W 20-18

vs. West Virginia

Troy, N.Y.

W 19-16

vs. Buffalo

Troy, N.Y.

W 27-9

The win over Oklahoma was the first ranked victory for the Scarlet Knights since 2013, and gave RU its first win over the Sooners in program history.

The Knights sealed the win over Oklahoma with a fall at 184 pounds, as junior Hayden Hrymack made it a 20-9 match. Hrymack's pin at the 5:30 mark gave RU a 20-9 advantage. When redshirt sophomore Anthony Pafumi ropped a close 3-2 decision at 197, he created an insurmountable situation for OU.

Against West Virginia, RU again built a big lead early. A 19-3 edge through seven bouts.  The Knights won six of ten bouts against the Mountaineers. The last breath for WVU came after a 15-6 major decision by redshirt sophomore 174-pounder Phil Bakuckas. Five-straight decisions from 133-165 pounds proved to be the difference, as all four of RU's ranked grapplers put their opponents away.

The Scarlet Knights won seven of 10 bouts against Buffalo to close the day with a 27-9 win. 141-pounder Anthony Ashnault, 149-pounder Ken Theobold and Bakuckas all capped their day with wins to go 3-0 on the afternoon.

No. NR/20/NR Scott DelVecchio scored a fall (5:57) against Buffalo's Sean Peacock to close 2-1, only losing to No. 3/2/3 Cody Brewer (Oklahoma) by an 11-5 decision.

No. 5/4/5 Anthony Perrotti also ended with a 2-1 mark. Following a tight, 6-3, decision against No. 13/11/12 Justin DeAngelis (Oklahoma), Perrotti captured two consecutive decisions.

Hrymack also went 2-1 with a pin, while redshirt sophomore 125-pounder Sean McCabe posted a 1-1 mark.

Freshman 285-pounder Wesley Bernard picked up the first dual win of his career, 2-1, against Buffalo's Ian James.

Coming up.....


Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Las Vegas, Nev.

All Day


Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational

Las Vegas, Nev.

All Day

Swimming & Diving

Coming up....


at Boston University

New Haven, Conn.

1:00 p.m. ET

Seasons opening in January


Track & Field