Prince leads No. 7 Rutgers past Creighton

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer isn't waiting long this season to put her team on notice.

"We have to be on high alert," Stringer said after Rutgers' 62-43 win over Creighton on Friday night. "I'm not worried about losses. What I am concerned about is not playing up or down to your opponent, because that's not what great teams do."

Thanks to sophomore guard Epiphanny Prince, Stringer was able to teach her team that lesson in a victory.

After Creighton pulled to 37-35 with 14:43 remaining, Prince squashed the upset bid by scoring eight of her 12 points in a 17-2 run that helped Rutgers (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) cruise past its foe from the Missouri Valley Conference.

"I just felt like we weren't being aggressive and attacking the basket," said Prince, who hit two driving layups and got to the line twice during the decisive spurt. "I felt like we were taking too many jump shots."

Essence Carson had 12 points and four assists, and Rashidat Junaid added 10 points off the bench for the Scarlet Knights, who shot 50 percent from the floor but were nearly done in by 20 turnovers.

Stringer voiced her frustration in a team that returns all five starters but hardly resembled the one that advanced to the NCAA championship game before losing Tennessee last April.

"We have to re-establish who we are," Stringer said. "I'm trying to sound a warning of we have to step it up. That's what makes teams like Connecticut and Tennessee great. They play a certain way all the time."

Sara Cain and Ally Thrall each scored 10 points for Creighton (1-1), which shot just 22 percent from the floor and went 6-for-27 from 3-point range.

Rutgers rebounded from its loss to Stanford on Sunday, in which the Cardinal scored a pair of go-ahead free throws with a tenth of a second left for a 60-58 win.