The Rutgers women’s basketball team plays at Jersey Mike’s Arena on Livingston campus for the final time this season tomorrow night as it hosts Iowa for the program’s Senior Night. The Scarlet Knights (9-18, 2-13) have eight players on their roster who will be honored at midcourt before tip-off.
One of the players being honored is graduate student forward Osh Brown, who has become the top player in the program after spending her first four seasons at Ball State. Her 10.4 points per game (PPG) and 9.1 rebounds per game both lead the team. Her ten double-doubles this season also lead the team, and her career total of 59 leads all active NCAA Division I players.
Rutgers will be looking to win its third Big Ten conference game in four tries after dropping a competitive matchup with Purdue on Sunday. The loss came after the program's first two Big Ten wins of the season over Penn State and Minnesota.
“I think we played with great pace, played with great energy,” said acting head coach Timothy Eatman after the win over the Golden Gophers (12-16, 5-11). “Because they stayed focused, we got to 50-50 basketballs, we kept them off of the boards and then we did a great job on the offensive boards. I’m so proud of them, and I’m so happy for them that they’re starting to reap some of the benefits from all of their hard work.”
The Hawkeyes (18-7, 12-4) are currently on a two-game winning streak, with both wins coming against a top-10 opponent in Indiana. In their last victory, Monika Czinano and Caitlin Clark shined on offense, combining for 60 points and 18 rebounds. Clark is statistically the best offensive player in college basketball, with her 26.9 PPG leading the nation.
These two programs match up for the first time this season, with their last game taking place in the 2021 Big Ten Tournament. In the quarterfinal, Iowa won 73-62 with three players scoring at least 20 points. The Knights were led by Diamond Johnson and Arella Guirantes, two players who left the program in the offseason.
The Hawkeyes face off against Rutgers at 8 p.m. on Thursday night, and the game will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network and 88.7 WRSU-FM.
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