Smikle records race day as women’s basketball falls short to No. 16/17 Maryland

PISCATAWAY, NJ โ€” The Rutgers women’s basketball team (6-10, 0-4 B1G) fell in a battle with No. 16/17 Maryland (12-3, 3-1 B1G) Monday afternoon at Jersey Mike’s Arena, 78 -67.

kaylene smile he led all scorers with 29 points, setting a new career high. He has reached double figures in 12 games this season and is averaging 23.0 points in the last four games for the Scarlet Knights. The freshman also added nine rebounds, another career high.

Cassandra Brown she was the other double-digit scorer for Rutgers, racking up 12 points on 71.4 percent shooting to celebrate her 22nd birthday. She also had seven rebounds.

cyna cornwell he had another strong performance in the cup with 13 rebounds, his third-highest total this season.

Awa Sidibe he tied his career high with six assists in the contest. He continues to share the ball well, averaging 5.8 assists in the last four games.

Rutgers had a strong presence in the bottom half, outrebounding Maryland 39-33 (+6). The Scarlet Knights also earned one more block (4-3) and scored six more points in the paint than the Terrapins (36-30).

As a step

  • Maryland opened the scoring for the game with two 3-pointers, forcing an early timeout by Rutgers.
  • Smikle opened the scoring for UK with his first three-pointer of the day. The opposition followed with an 8-0 run, taking an early 14-3 lead.

  • Cornwell and kai carter scored on consecutive possessions to cut the deficit, 16-7.
  • However, UMD’s offense did not give up, extending their lead to 17. Smikle added a layup to make it 24-9 to end the first quarter.
  • A layup by Smikle and a three-point play by Brown led Rutgers to a 7-2 run to narrow the gap, 31-18.

  • The two teams went into battle as the Scarlet Knights went 5 for 5 from the floor and the Terps capitalized on 4 for 4 from the field. abby street and Smikle led the charge, hitting 3-pointers within a minute of each other to bring the game to 12 points and force a Maryland timeout at 3:14.

  • Awa and Smikle scored back-to-back points to bring the score within 10 points. Carter added a free throw to further cut the lead, 40-31.
  • With less than 30 seconds left, Smikle added another layup to cap a 7-0 run for the Scarlet Knights and end the half with a score of 40-33. RU held UMD scoreless for the last 2:56 of the second quarter.
  • Smikle stayed hot to start the third, converting another layup to cut the deficit to five, 40-35. The Terrapins responded quickly with a free throw before a tie forced a timeout for Rutgers.
  • Outside of the timeout, Maryland pushed their lead back up to 15, scoring 10 unanswered points to force another Rutgers timeout. A pair of Cornwell free throws ended Terrapin’s streak.
  • With five minutes left in the third quarter, Maryland led 52-37. Rutgers struggled on, but the Terrapins extended their lead to 18 with just over three minutes to play.
  • A Streeter field goal and a Maryland layup capped off the third-quarter scoring as the opposition headed into the final 10 minutes with a 67-44 lead.
  • Rutgers went on a 6-0 run to cut Maryland’s lead to 20, but the Terrapins added a pair of free throws to keep the lead comfortable.
  • Streeter hit a great block that led to a 3-pointer by Smikle to make it 20 points. Rutgers added another four points, forcing a timeout on Maryland with 2:32 to play.

  • The Scarlet Knights closed out the game on a strong 12-0 run. Smikle accounted for eight of 12 to earn a total of 29 points on the day.
  • Despite the effort, Rutgers fell to Maryland, 78-67.

Gallery: (1-2-2023) Rutgers vs., No. 16/17 Maryland

gentlemen’s notes

  • Smikle’s 29 points set a new career high for the freshman. His performance marks the 12th time he has scored double figures this season and the sixth time he has reached 20+ points. She is the only Scarlet Knight to pass the 20 point milestone this season.
  • Smikle made four 3-pointers in the game, continuing his streak of making at least one 3-pointer in every game this season and has made two or more in the last five outings.
  • Scarlet Knight’s team’s 13 assists marked her 11th double-digit game performance this season.
  • Cornwell’s 13 rebounds mark the fifth time this season that he has amassed double-digit dashes. His 145 rebounds this season is the second most in the Big Ten. He also leads the conference in offensive rebounds with 59.
  • Sidibe’s six assists tie his career high previously set against New Orleans (Dec. 18). He leads the team with 3.4 assists per game and has led UK in the stat 10 times.
  • The Scarlet Knights outrebounded their opponent for the eighth time this season, racking up six more rebounds than the Terps on Monday.
  • Rutgers outscored Maryland in the second quarter, 24-16, and in the fourth quarter, 23-11.

Turn up the volume


Rutgers will host Nebraska on Saturday, December 7 at 2 pm to celebrate Theresa Grentz Day. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. The Scarlet Knights then travel to Minnesota to take on the Gophers on January 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET, also on the Big Ten Network.

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