Those 20 double-doubles couldn't be ignored by anyone. Today, senior forward Betnijah Laney was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press. She becomes the seventh Scarlet Knight to receive AP All-American honors.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Betnijah Laney named Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RURahRah?src=hash">#RURahRah</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RHoops?src=hash">#RHoops</a> - <a href="http://t.co/7hlUoNDo9w">http://t.co/7hlUoNDo9w</a> <a href="http://t.co/TWYYx16PFq">http://t.co/TWYYx16PFq</a></p>— RU Women's Hoops (@RutgersWBB) <a href="https://twitter.com/RutgersWBB/status/582974804086620160">March 31, 2015</a></blockquote>
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There is no question that Betnijah Laney deserves this award, and in fact you can make an argument that she would have made third-team had Rutgers finished better to end the first Big Ten season. Laney notched eight double-doubles to open the season and totaled 20 on the year. One of her more notable performances came against then-#6 North Carolina, when she grabbed a RAC-record 24 rebounds in a loss to the Tar Heels.
In Rutgers women's basketball history, Laney finished 14th in points scored (1,401), 6th in rebounds (912), fourth in single-season total rebounds (342), and fifth in single-season rebounds/game (10.7).
Betnijah Laney was instrumental in leading the Knights to a successful inaugural season in the Big Ten, and her presence will be missed in a hopeful 2016 campaign. Best of luck, Betnijah. You will be missed.