Starting 5: Women’s Basketball vs. Penn State

PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers Women’s Basketball (7-17, 0-12) gets a home rematch with Penn State (9-14, 3-10) at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. ET and live on B1G+ . Rutgers, which has the top-ranked defense in the Big Ten with 58.7 points allowed per game, is looking to avenge a 52-48 loss at Penn State starting Dec. 9. The game is presented by Rutgers Business School.

  • Watch on B1G+ (Dom Savino & Dominique Patrick)
  • Listen on Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM (Ralph Bednarczyk & Marc Peterson)
  • Listen on WRSU 88.7 FM (Dennis Geissler & Eddie Kalegi)
  • Tribute to Black Excellence: The Scarlet Knights wear special adidas uniforms celebrating history and celebrating the here and now, showing their love and appreciation to Black leaders and influencers of today and tomorrow. The flowers on the jersey are the New Jersey state flower – the common blue violet – a reminder to give them their flowers while they’re still here.
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Rutgers Athletics has announced that effective immediately, participants in all indoor track and field events must provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of the attended event. a photo ID. The gates for all events will open 90 minutes before the start.

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The 5 things to know

  • Makenna Marisa had 31 points for his fourth 30-point game of the season in a road loss at Purdue last time out. She added seven rebounds and seven assists.
  • With four 30-point games, Marisa has the most by a PSU player since Teniya Page’s four in 2016-17.
  • Marisa ranks sixth in the nation with an average of 22.7 points per game and an average of 23.6 points per game against Big Ten opponents.
  • Penn State had 16 interceptions at Purdue, its best in a Big Ten game since Feb. 10, 2013, against Michigan State (17).
  • The Lady Lions rank second in the Big Ten in steals per game (9.9) and total steals (227).
  • Shay Hagan and Leilani Kapinus are tied for second in the conference with 44 total steals and are third in the league with an average of 1.91 steals per game.

Rutgers has the Big Ten’s leading scoring defense with 58.7 points allowed per game, trying to finish the season leading that conference category for a third straight year. In the past four games, Rutgers has faced three of the nation’s seven programs averaging more than 80.0 points per game (Maryland, Nebraska and Ohio State) and held them to an average of 21 points under their scoring averages. .

Osh Brown, a graduate transfer from Ball State now with 1,726 career points, is the active NCAA Division I career leader in rebounds with 1,325 and double-doubles with 57. Brown notched his first Rutgers double-double in grand fashion in the Paradise Jam opener with a 20-point, 20-rebound performance against DePaul, Rutgers’ first 20-20 since Betnijah Laney in 2014 against UNC. She added her eighth this season with 13 and 11 at Nebraska.

Brown is closing in on the top 30 on the NCAA career rebounds chart (TCU’s Sandora Irvin is 30th with 1,370 rebounds). The Big Ten record books require players to complete two seasons in the conference to qualify, so although Brown does not appear in historical Big Ten rankings, she is the third player to compete for any length of time in a Big Ten school that grabbed 1,300 rebounds – Megan Gustafson of Iowa is the conference record holder/16th in NCAA history with 1,460 rebounds (2016-19), while Jantel Lavender of the Ohio State had 1,422 rebounds from 2008-2011 (20th in NCAA history).


Twelve different Scarlet Knights have tied or led Rutgers in scoring in a game this season, and nine games have featured 10 or more players scoring. With eight returning (three upper classes) and eight newcomers, Rutgers entered the new season with 20% of last year’s scoring and 11% of last season’s assists.


• Tough stretch: The game at Ohio State marked the fourth time in five games that Rutgers had faced a team ranked or receiving votes in the national polls.

• The 61-57 loss at 23/21 Ohio State marked Rutgers’ fifth loss by five points or less in Big Ten play of 2021-22.

At Sayawni Lassiter’s 15 points, a career-high at No. 23/21 Ohio State (February 7), surpassed its previous high of 13 against Harvard earlier this season. His five three-point field goals were a career high and tied for the most in a game against a Scarlet Knight this season.

Tyia Singleton tied a career high with 13 rebounds at Nebraska, last produced against Ohio State last season on March 5.

• Over the past four games, Rutgers have held their opponents an average of 19.3 points under their scoring averages.

Osh Brown’s 24 points against Ohio State (Jan. 23) marked a season-high and the third 20-plus-point game of the season for the grad transfer.

• Rutgers had their best three-point shooting and free throw performances of the season at Northwestern, connecting on 8 of 19 for 42 percent from beyond the arc and 13 of 14 (.929) from the band.

• RU held their opponents on average 12.5 points below their season scoring averages in competitions from 1 December to 6 January.

• The Rutgers defense has held opponents below their scoring average in 40 of their last 43 games and 127 of their last 138 dating back to 2017-18.

• Rutgers’ 24 assists against Delaware State were the most in a game since 25 against Hampton on December 18, 2020.

Osh Brown’s The 20-point, 20-rebound double-double against DePaul was Rutgers’ first in a game since Betnijah Laney’s 24-24 win over UNC on Dec. 5, 2014 in a 2OT game (21-20 at the end of regulation ). He fell two shy of Brown’s career-high 22 rebounds, set in the 2021 NCAA Tournament last season, a Ball State program record.

• Rutgers dished out 21 of 22 field goals in the St. Peter win, setting a modern-day school record (since 2001-02) for the highest percentage of field goals assisted (95%).

• In St. Peter’s victory, Rutgers induced its most turnovers by an opponent (34) since 38 against Penn State in the 2014-15 season.

• Fourth-best steals in the nation by team last season, Rutgers caught 21 steals in the 2021-22 season opener, the most since 22 at Wisconsin in Game 2 last season on December 11, 2020.

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