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Women’s Basketball Welcomes Penn State to Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday

Women's Basketball Welcomes Penn State to Jersey Mike's Arena on Thursday


PISCATAWAY, N.J. โ€” The Rutgers women’s basketball team (8-13, 2-7 B1G) will welcome Penn State to Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday, Jan. 26 for a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be streamed on B1G+.ย 

On the Callย ย 

  • Watch on B1G+ (Dom Savino & Dominique Patrick)ย 
  • Listen on Fox Sports New Jersey 1450 AM / 93.5 FM (Ralph Bednarczyk & Mark Peterson)ย ย 
  • Listen on WRSU ย 

Last Time Outย 

Despite cutting a 25-point deficit to 11 points in the third quarter, the Scarlet Knights couldn’t pull out the comeback win, falling to Michigan State on the road Jan. 22, falling 85-63. ย ย 

Kaylene Smikleย led the Scarlet Knights in scoring for the 13th time this season, netting 27 points.ย Kai Carterย (11) andย Chyna Cornwellย (10) also joined her in double figures. ย ย 

THREE-PEAT.

Kaylene Smikle was chosen as theย Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the third time this season and the second time this month. The conference made the announcement on Monday afternoon. ย ย 

Smikle is the first freshman in program history to earn the honor three times in the same season and the first Scarlet Knight to earn any Big Ten weekly award three times since 2014-15 when Betniijah Laney accomplished the feat. ย ย 

The weekly honor is also the thirdย for Rutgers this season under head coach Coquese Washington. In addition, the honor is just the fourth Freshman of the Week for RU all-time, afterย Diamond Johnsonย picked up the first on Dec. 21, 2020 and Smikle was chosen earlier this season on Dec. 19, 2022 and Jan, 9, 2023.ย ย 

Smikle led Rutgers in both contests this week,ย averaging 19.5 points, two rebounds, two assist and three steals against No. 14/16 Michigan (Jan. 19) and Michigan State (Jan. 22). With 27 points against the Spartans, Smikle has now reached 20+ points 10 times this season, the second most by any D1 freshman. ย ย 

1,000-point Scorerย 

With 11 points against Michigan State, Carter reached the 1,000 point milestone. She hit a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the achievement. She is the only active Scarlet Knight to hit 1,000 career points….

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