Tiffany Jones (left) and Tabatha Richardson-Smith (right) combined for 36 points and 22 rebounds as Seton Hall annihilated Rutgers, 77-49. (Photo courtesy of USA Today)
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Four players ended the night in double figures as Seton Hall (2-0) got a measure of retribution against in-state rival Rutgers, routing the Scarlet Knights (1-1) at Walsh Gymnasium by the final of 77-49 after the each of the Pirates' last two seasons came to an end at the expense of the pride of Piscataway. We go inside the numbers to tell the story:
Possessions: 71 for both teams
Points Per Possession: Seton Hall 1.08, Rutgers 0.69
eFG %: Seton Hall .444, Rutgers .488
Free Throw Rate: Seton Hall 40.3%, Rutgers 20.9%
Offensive Rebound %: Seton Hall 41.0%, Rutgers 7.7%
Turnover Rate: Seton Hall 18.3%, Rutgers 31.0%
What Seton Hall did well: Just about everything. The Pirates got to the foul line more frequently, were plus-13 on the backboards, and put on a transition defense clinic by converting 22 Rutgers turnovers into 34 points. Seton Hall also buried Rutgers from the three-point line, in effect, shooting 11-for-24 from long distance when the Scarlet Knights missed all but two of their ten attempts.
What Rutgers did well: To their credit, the Scarlet Knights shared the ball much better than the final score may indicate, finishing the game with a very acceptable 55 percent assist rate. Held scoreless through the bulk of the first half, Kahleah Copper began to heat up and score in bunches during Rutgers' 12-0 run going into the intermission, ending the night with 17 points to pace the visiting team and falling three points shy of the game high.
Scoring and Efficiency Leaders:
Seton Hall: Tiffany Jones (20 points, 13 rebounds, 1.500 offensive efficiency)
Shakena Richardson (11 points, 8 assists, .545 offensive efficiency)
Rutgers: Kahleah Copper (17 points, 5 rebounds, .563 offensive efficiency)
Rachel Hollivay (13 points, 8 rebounds, .667 offensive efficiency)
"I thought they just brought it to us, there's nothing else to say. We looked like deer stuck in headlights. We were thoroughly embarrassed." - Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer