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No. 2 Rutgers Defeated by No. 7 Louisville in BIG EAST Quarterfinals, 57-56


The Cardinals will play either South Florida or West Virginia in Monday's semifinals.

Rutgers, which won the only other meeting of the season between the two schools, 70-57, had been considered a candidate for top seed in the NCAA tournament.


With The Loss…

Rutgers falls to 18-12 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament, including a 14-4 mark in neutral-site contests.

The Scarlet Knights move to 8-5 in quarterfinal games.

This is the first time RU hasn't reached at least thesemifinals since the 2003 season.

Matee Ajavon…

Tied for the team lead in scoring with 13 points, nine in the first half. This is the ninth time Ajavon has led or tied for the team lead in scoring this season.

Led the team for the 18th time this season with a game-high eight assists.

Kia Vaughn…

— Scored eight of her 12 points in the second half.

— Led the team for the 20th time this season with seven rebounds.

Epiphanny Prince…

— Scored 10 of her team-high tying 13 points in the second half. Prince has led or tied for the team lead in scoring on 14 different occasions.

— Tied her season-high with three three-point field goals.

Lead Changes

There were 27 lead changes in the game, the most all season for Rutgers. The previous high came against Stanford in the season opener, when there were 15 lead changes and 11 ties.

On the Boards…

Rutgers was out-rebounded 34-23 in the game. This marks only the ninth time this season that the Scarlet Knights have been beaten on the boards, falling to 5-4 in those contests. RU trailed 13-6 on the offensive glass.

The Scarlet Knights only pulled down 13 rebounds in the first half, tying their second lowest in any half this season. Against West Virginia on Jan. 29, RU recorded 12 rebounds in the first half.


Rutgers has held its opponents to under 59 points in 23 games this season and 61 or fewer in 27 contests.

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