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Women's Basketball recap: Rutgers wins tough game over Lady Lions, 76-65

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C. Vivian Stringer ties former PSU coach Rene Portland for most conference wins in B1G history.

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Penn State came into the RAC determined to avenge the 20-point drubbing from last month, but in the end, Rutgers was just too much for the Lady Lions. The Scarlet Knights won 76-65 today for their seventh Big Ten win.

The win also gives C. Vivian Stringer her 176th B1G victory, tied for the most all-time in conference with former Penn State coach Rene Portland.

The Knights' athleticism was on full display today as they were attacking the ball and forcing turnovers with a full-court press. Syessence Davis deserves the unsung heroine of the game award for her physical performance against the Lions. She came up with more than a few key steals that turned the tide for RU. Despite her lack of scoring, her defense helped overwhelm a PSU team that struggled once again with turnovers.

Once again, the Big 3 for Rutgers led the way in scoring. Tyler Scaife and Kahleah Copper each netted over 20 points, impressive considering they had trouble finding the basket in the first 10 minutes of the first half. They did have this nice play to ignite a spark for the rest of the game:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tyler Scaife with the takeaway &amp; feed to Kahleah Copper - Copper opens game scoring first 6 pts for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RHoops?src=hash">#RHoops</a> <a href="http://t.co/9Dq3OWQKsZ">http://t.co/9Dq3OWQKsZ</a></p>&mdash; RU Women&#39;s Hoops (@RutgersWBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/RutgersWBB/status/561935890163843072">February 1, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Betnijah Laney was dominant under the boards once again, grabbing 14 rebounds to claim her 14th double-double of the season. She also scored 16 points (6 from FG, 10 from the FT line). Three-point specialist Cynthia Hernandez saw some action as well, sinking two straight treys in the first half. She finished with 6 points.

Next game: Rutgers hosts #15 Nebraska at the RAC on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7 PM.