SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- April Sykes had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 13 Rutgers to a 59-40 win over Georgia Tech (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) on Friday.
The Scarlet Knights (5-0) held the Yellow Jackets to 21 percent shooting for the game, including just 13 percent in the first half. Rutgers was 52 percent from the field and outrebounded Georgia Tech 44-29.Tyuanna Marshall scored 12 points for Georgia Tech (4-1) and Sasha Goodlett grabbed seven rebounds.Rutgers jumped out early and led by double digits midway through the first half, going into the break up 32-16.The Scarlet Knights were able to beat Georgia Tech's full-court press with few missteps."There's no question that our handling of the press was key," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We were calm."Still, the Scarlet Knights turned the ball over a game-high 24 times."We were trying to go from A to C, rather than going from A to B to C," Stringer said. "We just have to get better."Monique Oliver had 10 points and eight rebounds for Rutgers. Betnijah Laney scored nine, and Erica Wheeler and Khadijah Rushdan each chipped in eight.Stringer said she was pleased with her veteran leaders."I thought we had a good balance between older and younger players," she said. "And I'm pleased with the way our veterans were teaching the younger players."