Jan. 5, 2001
From the Associated Press
If Ruth Riley has her way, Rutgers will still be searching for a win
Notre Dame's 6-foot-5 center leads the third-ranked Fighting Irish
the swarming defense of No. 9 Rutgers at the Jordan Center on Saturday.
Notre Dame (13-0, 2-0 Big East) is shooting 50.2 percent from the field
season, led by Riley, who is converting 62.8 percent from the field. She
the team with 16.2 points per game.
Riley scored a season-high 27 points and had eight rebounds as Notre
beat Virginia Tech 75-64 on Wednesday.
"Ruth Riley is one of the best post players in the country," Virginia
coach Bonnie Henrickson said. "They build the team around Ruth and they have
great role players."
Guards Alicia Ratay and Niele Ivey are the perfect complements to
power game. Ratay and Ivey are averaging 14.2 and 13.9 points per game,
respectively, as Notre Dame continues the best start in school history.
But Notre Dame must be careful Saturday, because Rutgers (8-3, 1-0) is
desperate for a big win to show it is deserving of its lofty ranking. The
Scarlet Knights, coming off a 58-51 loss to No. 2 Tennessee at Madison
Garden on Tuesday, are 0-3 against ranked foes this season.
Rutgers has the fifth-best scoring defense in Division I, allowing just
points per game. This should pose a serious challenge for Notre Dame, which
averaging 77.8 points. The Fighting Irish are shooting 53.8 percent from
Notre Dame's defense has also been impressive, allowing just 54.5
33.5 percent shooting. The Irish defense could have an easier time against
Rutgers, which is averaging 65.2 points.
Senior guard Karlita Washington leads the Scarlet Knights with 13.7
per game. Guard Tasha Pointer averages 11.3 points and leads the team in
rebounds (5.5), assists (7.0) and steals (2.5).
Rutgers leads the all-time series with Notre Dame 7-6, including an
overtime win in last season's Big East tournament.