Arella Guirantes has been the catalyst for Rutgers all season and that continued on Saturday afternoon.
Guirantes scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Scarlet Knights past Illinois, 75-46, at the RAC. This win makes it five in a row for Rutgers.
The Scarlet Knights gained control early on leading the Illini 20-13 after the first quarter. They built the lead up to 19 heading into halftime after a 21-9 second quarter.
Guirantes led an offensive attack of Rutgers that shot 47.8% from the floor and knocked down seven shots from beyond the arc. Diamond Johnson continued to impress scoring 20 points and finishing 4-8 from three-point range. Johnson has now made four or more three’s in every game during this winning streak. She is shooting 53% from deep this season.
Despite being outscored 19-4 at the free throw line, Rutgers was able to make it up on the defensive end. The Scarlet Knights forced 26 turnovers and had 18 steals. The two teams were deadlocked with 31 rebounds a piece while Rutgers dished out 19 assists, led by Tekia Mack who set a new career-high with eight.
The Scarlet Knights are now 7-1 at home this season, as well as 10-3 overall and 6-3 in Big Ten action. They will play they next two games on the road. It begins with a trip to East Lansing on Wednesday to take on Michigan State followed by Penn State next Sunday.