Starting 5: Women’s Basketball vs. No. 8 Maryland

Orignally published on 2021-12-03 20:08:41 by

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers women’s basketball (4-5) opens 2021-22 Big Ten play against the defending conference champions and No. 8 ranked Maryland Terrapins (7-2) on Sun., Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. inside Jersey Mike’s Arena and live on national television via Big Ten Network.

  • Watch on Big Ten Network and the Fox Sports App (PxP: Jason Horowitz; Analyst: Jantel Lavender)
  • Listen on Fox Sports New Jersey 93.5 FM/1450 AM (PxP: Ralph Bednarczk; Analyst: Mark Peterson)
  • Listen on WRSU 88.7 FM
  • Kids Corner – Mini Basketball
  • Halftime Entertainment – Mutts Gone Nuts!

The 5 Things to Know

  • Maryland, ranked as high as No. 2 this season, is 7-2 with its only two losses to other Top 10 teams (No. 5 NC State and No. 7 Stanford at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship).
  • The Terrapins have been down to a seven-woman rotation over the past four games due to injury and illness, but managed a 79-76 win over then-No. 6 Baylor and a victory in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge over Miami (82-74) over that span.
  • Juniors Diamond Miller and Ashley Owusu were named to the Wooden Top 50, Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy watch lists earlier this month.
  • The 2021-22 Terrapins return all five starters from last year’s Big Ten championship squad. The Terps also return 10 of 11 letterwinners and 93 percent of their scoring from last year’s team that led the nation in scoring (90.8).
  • Maryland has the No. 7 nationally-ranked scoring offense at 84.6 points per game, and is ranked third in the country with just 10.7 turnovers per game.
  • Angel Reese (18.9ppg) is ranked fifth in the country with five double-doubles this season.

Rutgers has employed seven different starting lineups in nine games. With eight returners (three upperclassmen) and eight newcomers, Rutgers entered the new season with 20% of last year’s scoring and 11% of last season’s assists. Eight different Scarlet Knights have tied or led Rutgers in scoring this season, and six games featured at least 10 players scoring points.

The Scarlet Knights are one of just five teams in NCAA Division I to boast three current 1,000-point scorers on the 2021-22 roster: Osh Brown (1,558), Lasha Petree (1,455), and Victoria Morris (1,430) combining for 4,432 points. Jailyn Mason has 991 career points and Shug Dickson has 942. They would become the fourth and fifth, making Rutgers the only school in the country to roster four or more 1,000 career point scorers.

Rutgers ranked fourth in the NCAA last season in steals per game, and with a new-look roster, continue the trend into 2021-22 with a No. 14 national rank with 90 total steals through Dec. 2. Rutgers has held eight of nine opponents this season under their scoring averages, stretching that trend to 26 of its last 28 games.


• True freshman Kierra Sanderlin, a Texas All-State guard, started her college career 3-of-3 from long range and is averaging 7.0 points per game over the last two contests with an average of 8.2 minutes per game over that span. She is 6-of-8 from the field this season.

Osh Brown, a graduate transfer from Ball State now with 1,558 career points, is the NCAA Division I active career leader in rebounds with 1,196 and in double-doubles with 50. Brown grabbed her 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’s in 2014 against UNC.

• Rutgers is 4-0 when outscoring opponents in points off turnovers and points on the fast break, but 0-5 when trailing in those categories.

• Rutgers’ highest-scoring quarter has been the fourth in seven of nine games this season – including 20 apiece against Saint Peter’s, South Alabama, and No. 9 Arizona, 15 against Fairfield and Stony Brook, and 25 against Harvard.

Tyia Singleton, who ranked fourth in the Big Ten in blocks last season, continues the trend into 2021-22 with a No. 4 conference ranking at 1.4 blocks per game.

• Rutgers bench outscored the opponents’ total score in the first two victories of the season.

• The Rutgers defense has held opponents under their scoring average in 26 of its last 28 games, and 113 of its last 123 dating back to 2017-18.

Sayawni Lassiter grabbed a career-high five steals against Fairfield. She has three or more steals in five Rutgers games this season. The Florida State transfer ranks third in the Big Ten with 2.3 thefts per game.

• Rutgers’ specialty stats show the Scarlet Knights clicking in the paint and off the bench. RU is outscoring opponents by an average of 4.7 points in the paint and by 9.7 in bench points.

• Rutgers passed out 21 assists on its 22 field goals in the St. Peter’s victory, setting a school modern-era record (since 2001-02) for the highest percentage of field goals assisted (95%).

• Rutgers ranks 11th in the country with 46 total blocks (34th with 5.1 per game).

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

• The nation’s fourth-best steals per game team last season, Rutgers grabbed 21 steals in the 2021-22 season opener, the most since 22 at Wisconsin in Game 2 last season on Dec. 11, 2020.

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