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Women's basketball: Rutgers hosts Purdue in annual Pink Out game

Scarlet Knights look to rebound after the loss to top-ranked Maryland.

Pink shoes in honor of Play4Kay
Pink shoes in honor of Play4Kay
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With the hardest test of the season now behind them, the Scarlet Knights are set to finish strong in their inaugural Big Ten season. Thus far, Rutgers has met expectations following a WNIT championship campaign in 2013-2014. The goal moving forward is to secure a top-four seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and RU currently sits in a tie for third with Ohio State. A top-four seed would give Rutgers a bye in the first and second round, a valuable break as they prepare for the NCAAs. However, before they can even think about seedings, they have to make up ground in the Big Ten standings, and that starts with Purdue on Saturday.

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#18 Rutgers Scarlet Knights (18-6, 9-4) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (10-14, 3-10)

Saturday, February 14 - 12:00 PM

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1450 WCTC and 88.7 WRSU Rutgers Radio

On Valentine's Day, Rutgers joins the rest of the nation by hosting a pink out at the RAC for the annual Play4Kay campaign. The 2015 Play 4Kay initiative is an opportunity for a nation of coaches to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for research on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Since its inception in 2007, the Play 4Kay initiative has raised over $3.8 million to support women's cancer research. Pink T-Shirts will be given to the first 2500 fans in support of the fight against breast cancer.

Purdue has been roughed up in the last few weeks, as the Boilermakers are in the midst of a five-game losing streak (including a 58-49 loss to Rutgers on January 29). Whitney Bays leads the team as a double-double machine with 14.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and she was the leading scorer in the last meeting between the two teams. The Boilermakers actually had a chance to win the last matchup had they made more of their three-point attempts, but that is easier said than done against a very athletic Rutgers defense.

For the Knights, let's hope Tyler Scaife returns to her more consistent form. She has been struggling a bit lately, and wasn't very effective against Purdue in the first meeting last month. Rutgers should be favored in every game remaining this season (with the possible exception of a road game at Northwestern), and they should look to start a new winning streak tomorrow at noon.