PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers sophomore guard Erica Wheeler scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Scarlet Knights in an upset of No. 19 West Virginia 67-58 on Saturday afternoon at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
After being down by as many as 11 points in the first half of play, Rutgers surged out of the locker room in the second half poised for its second-consecutive come-from-behind victory on its home floor. Along with Wheeler’s career and game-high 22 points, the Scarlet Knights had two others in double figures as junior guard April Sykes added 18 points, connecting on 4-of-6 field goals from beyond the arc and redshirt junior guard Khadijah Rushdan chipped 11 points with nine coming in the second half.
Rutgers scored the go-ahead bucket at the 1:02 mark in the second on a lay-up from junior forward Chelsey Lee who was fouled on the play and converted on the free throw, giving the Scarlet Knights a 59-56 edge.
The Scarlet Knights’ tenacious defense held the Mountaineers without a field goal in the last 3:20 of the game and with 30 seconds remaining in the second frame, Rushdan sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
RU scored 22 points off of 22 Mountaineer turnovers and outscored them 26-16 in the paint. Pacing West Virginia was senior Liz Repella who scored 20 points. The Scarlet Knights also outscored WVU 43-29 in the second half.