The Rutgers women’s basketball team earned an important victory on Thursday night at the RAC, defeating Wisconsin 63-43. They won its 20th game of the season, moving closer to earning a second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. It also clinched the most 20 win campaigns for a head coach in women’s college basketball history, as C. Vivian Stringer passed the legendary late Pat Summit with 37 seasons having accomplished that high water mark.
Rutgers assisted on 16 of 19 baskets in the game, including the first 13 on the night. They also held an 21-9 advantage in fast break points and shot AB impressive 20 of 23 from the charity stripe (87.0%). The defense held the Badgers to just 30.8% shooting from the floor.
Arella Guirantes dominated once again, scoring a game high 26 points on 5 of 13 shooting and a perfect 14 of 14 from the foul line. She added 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. Mael Gilles has 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting as well as 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. Jordan Wallace added 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting as well as 5 boards and a block. Tekia Mack had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block. KK Sanders was scoreless but had 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.
“This was a Rutgers win, a true Scarlet Knight victory,” said Coach Stringer. “I love Pat dearly, so it’s great company to be in. In the end, it’s a milestone. The important thing was we took care of business tonight in a whole-team and defensive win, beating a team by 20 that we only beat by three earlier this season. We needed this.”
Rutgers (20-8; 10-7) finishes out the regular season on Sunday at home on senior day against no. 18/20 Iowa (23-5; 14-3). The Scarlet Knights are currently in a fifth place tie in the Big Ten standings with Michigan (19-9; 10-7) and Ohio State (17-11; 10-7). If they remain tied after Sunday, Rutgers owns the tiebreaker over both. The Buckeyes play at Purdue (17-12; 8-9) on Saturday and Michigan hosts no. 22 Indiana (22-7; 15-5) on Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament begins on Wednesday March 4th in Indianapolis.