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2014 WNIT Championship: Rutgers at UTEP Preview & Thread

UTEP and Rutgers meet for a chance to hang a banner, the WNIT Chamionship starts at 1:00 PM Mountain Time on CBS Sports Network.

Kayla Thornton
Kayla Thornton
Anthony Salom-MinerRush

UTEP Miners

Current Record: 29-7, 12-4 C-USA

Projected Starters:

Kelli Willingham, Sr, G, 7.6 ppg, .398% three point percentage during C-USA play.

Cameasha Turner, So, G, 4.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg

Chrishauna Parker, Jr, F, 7.5 ppg, 8.8 rpg

Kayla Thornton, Sr, F, 19.8 ppg, 10.2 rpg

Kristine Vitola, Sr, C, 11.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg

Team Stats

Points Per Game 77.0
Opponents 67.0
FG% .409
Opponents% .392
3-point% .311
Opponents% .325
Free Throw% .723
Rebounds Per Game 43.3
Rebounding Margin +4.0
Assists Per Game 14.8
Steals Per Game


*- UTEP is 19-1 under Keitha Adams in home games with 4,000+ fans.

*- The Miners are now 80-21 since the 2010-11 season, with only five double digit losses during that time.

*-Kristine Vitola is the only player to start every game this season.

*- Holding teams to only 62.8 points per game in WNIT, and has forced more than 20 turnovers in 15 games.

*After going 2 for 8 from the floor against St. Mary's, Kristine Vitola has gone 20 out of 34 in the last three games.

*-Since missing the last three regular season games with a concussion, Kayla Thronton has averaged 20.5 points per game, and is 21 out of her last 24 from the free throw line.

*-Eight times in Keitha Adams' 13-year tenure UTEP has at least 10 double digit wins in a season.

*-First ever meeting with Rutgers.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Current Record: 27-9, 12-6 American Athletic Conference

Head Coach: C. Vivian Stringer (928-341 career record, 4-Final Fours)

Road to the Ship:

First Round: W vs Delware 65-61

Second Round: W vs Harvard 63-52

Third Round: W vs Seton Hall 91-79 (OT)

Quarter Finals: W vs Bowling Green 55-50

WNIT Final Four: W vs USF 62-52

Projected Starters:

Syessence Davis, G, Jr., 4.8 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.9 spg,

Tyler Scaife, G, Fr., 14.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg,

Laney Betnijah, G/F, Jr., 12.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg

Kahleah Copper, F, So., 16.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg

Rachel Holivay, F, So, 8.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.5 bpg

Team Stats
Points Per Game 66.5
Opponents 58.8
FG% .443
Opponents% .358
3-point% .279
Opponents% .295
Free Throw% .667
Rebounds Per Game 40.3
Rebounding Margin +4.5
Assists Per Game 14.9
Steals Per Game


*- Center Rachel Hollivay is the single season school record holder in blocks, and has 123 blocks this season, she is averaging 4.8 blocks per game during the WNIT.

*-Rutgers has forced their opponents into 20 turnovers, 15 times in their 36 games.

*-The Scarlet Knights started the season 20-5.

*- Kahleah Copper was named first team All-AAC, she has reached double figures in 30 of the 35 games she has played in this year.

*- Rutgers has gone on three 20-0 runs this season, all three times holding teams in a field goal drought for over eight minutes.

*- Freshman guard Tyler Scaife was named AAC Freshman of The Year, in three games against NCAA Tournament Final Four participant UConn, and two against top-10 ranked Louisville, she has averaged 15 points per game in those with a 25 point out put against Louisville.  Her season high was 29 in a win over Seton Hall earlier this season.

*- Rutgers is 21-2 win they win the rebounding margin.

*- Syessence Davis is their defensive specialist, she is 10th nationally in steals, 

*- Three times this season Rutgers has made at least 30 free throws in a game.

*- Rutgers does not allow Freshman to speak to the media after games.

*- The Scarlet Knights are 109-63 all time in postseason play, they have made the NCAA tournament 14 times under head coach C. Vivian Stringer, the program has made the NCAA Final Four in 2000, and 2007.

*-Longest win streak of the season was 8 straight w's.

*- 29 times this season the Scarlet Knights have had double digit team offensive rebounds, they collected 28 offensive rebounds in their WNIT second round win against Howard, 12 times they have had 15 or more offensive rebounds.

*- Though they are a drive first team, in their past two games, they have only attempted four 3-pointers, and have not made a three pointer in the entire WNIT tournament run, but have scored 66 points in the paint combined in there last two wins.   They have not made a three pointer since March 3rd.

*-Rutgers has scored 30 or more points in the paint in 27 of their games, while going over 40 points inside the block six times.

Game Info

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (27-9) at UTEP Miners (29-7)

WNIT Championship Game

Saturday, April 5th, 1:00 PM, Don Haskins Center, El Paso TX

TV Listings: CBS Sports Network

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