Monday, January 19, 2009

Rutgers Puts Away Golden Eagles with Second Half Run, 73-56

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Epiphanny Prince scored 23 points to help No. 23 Rutgers defeat Marquette 76-53 on Sunday.

Brittany Ray and Heather Zurich each had 13 points for Rutgers (10-5, 2-2 Big East).

The Scarlet Knights held Marquette without a field goal for nearly seven minutes in the second half and used a 16-0 run to pull away from a 40-36 advantage with 14:25 to play.

Rutgers hit four 3-pointers during the spurt, and made 6 of 13 from beyond the arc for the game.

Krystal Ellis scored 14 points for Marquette (11-7, 2-2).

Khadijah Rushdan added 12 points for Rutgers, which led from the opening tip and never let Marquette closer than four points in the final 25 minutes.

While the Scarlet Knights shot just 40 percent from the field, they held the Golden Eagles without an offensive rebound in the first half.

Rutgers has won two straight Big East games after dropping its first two league games for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

Associated Press

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