The Rutgers women’s basketball team won it’s second consecutive Big Ten road game with a 75-51 victory over Illinois (9-6; 0-4) on Thursday night. The Scarlet Knights began the game on a 17-3 run, creating havoc on the defensive end and never looked back, leading by as much as 36 points in the second half. Rutgers is an impressive 13-2 to start the season and 3-1 in Big Ten play.
The conference’s leading scorer, Arella Guirantes, led the way once again with 21 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 2 of 4 from three-point range. It was her third straight game scoring over 20 points. She also had an all-around great performance, tying for the team high in rebounds with 8 and leading RU with 6 assists and 4 steals. Guirantes is having a tremendous junior campaign and gives Rutgers a chance to win any time she is on the floor.
Mael Gilles had 12 points and 4 rebounds, while KK Sanders added 11 points on 2 of 4 shooting from behind the arc, 4 assists and 3 steals. Tekia Mack had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
The bench got a lot of minutes in this game and performances of note included Tyia Singleton, who had 8 points and 4 rebounds, former 5-star Maori Davenport grabbing 6 rebounds, and grad transfer Danielle Migliore scoring 6 points on 2 of 5 shooting from three-point range. Baylor transfer and former McDonald’s All-American Alexis Morris also scored her first basket as a Scarlet Knight and added 2 assists.
Rutgers tied a season high in making 12 three-pointers on 42.9% shooting, while they shot 47.5% overall from the floor. RU held Illinois to just 30.4% shooting from the field, had a +9 rebounding margin and +4 turnover margin. The Scarlet Knights grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, leading to a 15-5 advantage with second chance points.
The Scarlet Knights return home to the RAC to host Nebraska (13-2; 3-1) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. They are tied in the Big Ten standings, making this a huge upcoming contest for both teams.
After a 75-51 victory at Illinois, Coach Stringer broke down the keys to victory: pic.twitter.com/PAjYdo4rkb— Rutgers W.Basketball (@RutgersWBB) January 10, 2020