By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Wednesday night, the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders women’s basketball team faces The College of New Jersey Lions at Packer Hall in Ewing, N.J. The game is slated to start at 6 pm EST.
The Scarlet Raiders are 9-15 and the Lions are 11-12. Rutgers-Newark is 6-8 on the road, while TCNJ is just 3-7 at home.
Their first win at home came on Dec. 17, 2016, when they defeated the Delaware Valley University Aggies 61-41. Then, on Jan. 14, 2017, they upset the No. 8/11 Montclair State Red Hawks 49-40.
Their last home game win came on Jan. 28, 2017 when they defeated the New Jersey City Gothic Knights 61-44.
TCNJ won the last game between these two teams. On Jan. 11, 2017, the Lions won 59-47 at The Golden Dome Arena in Newark, N.J.
Prior to tip-off, the college is expected to have a special ceremony for long-time head coach Dawn Henderson, who could be coaching her final college game. Henderson announced before the season started that this will be her final campaign at the school, before retiring in June.
TCNJ has a chance, as they are tied for the fifth position, to make the New Jersey Athletic Conference Tournament playoffs, and extend Henderson’s career for at least one more game. They are presently tied with the William Paterson University Pioneers and the Rutgers-Camden University Scarlet Raptors, who both have better records than the Lions.
Rutgers-Newark last won in this series on Dec. 6, 2014 when they won 68-51 at The Golden Dome Arena. The Scarlet Raiders have not won at Packer Hall since a 48-37 win on Feb. 18, 2012.
In the past 10 games between the two teams, the Lions have won eight times.
Rutgers-Newark has lost their last two games. They have not won a game since Feb. 4, 2017 when they defeated the Pioneers 76-65 in overtime at The Golden Dome Arena.
TCNJ lost their last game, as they were defeated 56-47 by the Red Hawks in Montclair, N.J. They have not won a game since they defeated the Pioneers 50-37 on Feb. 8, 2017.
Rutgers-Newark is averaging 59.4 points per game. They are giving up 64.8 points.
The College of New Jersey is scoring 58.8 points per game. They are giving up 57.9 points.
Maria Simmons is leading the Scarlet Raiders attack with 18.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. She is also averaging 5.9 assists.
Jen Byrne – who has not played since December 7, 2016, against the Rowan University Profs due to an injury – is leading the Lions attack with 12.7 points. Among the active players, Nikki Schott is leading the team with 11 points per game.
Charlotte Schum is averaging 7.9 rebounds, while Kate O’Leary is averaging 3.8 assists.
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