The Rutgers women’s basketball team has gotten off to a very good start to its 2017-18 season. After one week, the women sit at a 3-0 record. They’ve won all three games by an average of 18 points per game. It’s only the second time that the program has ever opened the season with three consecutive road wins.
They kicked off their season on Friday, Nov. 10 when they played at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Tyler Scaife led the lady Knights with 26 points on 7-17 shooting.
Caitlin Jenkins had the most impressive performance coming off the bench. She nearly recorded a double-double (nine points, 14 rebounds) as Rutgers went on to win 76-63.
After a weekend off, the women traveled to Philadelphia to take on Temple. It was a tighter game for Rutgers, as Temple is a solid team, and only two Scarlet Knight starters scored in double figures.
Temple’s Tanaya Atkinson scored 30 points on an impressive 13-17 from the field. She also recorded 13 rebounds to give herself a double double. Despite all that, Rutgers outscored Temple in three of the four quarters to pick up an important 84-67 win.
Rutgers then traveled to take on Charlotte on Thursday. The only starter to score in double figures in this game was Scaife (18 points). Jazlynd Rollins scored 13 points off the bench. As a team, it was their most dominant performance of the season, as Rutgers went on to win 77-54.
After a three-game road trip to begin the season, the women will host Wake Forest today in their home opener. Tip-off for that game is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and can be streamed on BTN Plus. A subscription is required.
Following that game, the lady Scarlet Knights travel to the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida and take on the defending national champs and fourth ranked South Carolina Gamecocks. That game will be played on Friday, with its second round opponent for Saturday set to be either Western Michigan or St. John’s, depending on the outcome.
After the Gulf Coast Showcase next weekend, Rutgers will have an eight-game homestand, including matchups against N.C. State, Virginia, Seton Hall, Princeton and the Big Ten opener against Purdue. They will play just one road game the remainder of the calendar year - Dec. 31 at Michigan State.