Both Rutgers University basketball teams will begin their 2010-11 season tonight on the road. The men will be in Princeton at 7 PM while the women are across the country to take on California at 10 PM EST.
Each team will be looking for offense this season. Women’s coach Vivian C. Stringer went through an up and down season last year, finishing 19-15 and 9-7 in the Big East. Stringer’s team now must replace leading scorer Epiphanny Prince.
The success of the Lady Knights will surround the guards. For Rutgers to be a balanced team, the point guards will especially need to play well. Khadijah Rushdan will do a lot of the point guard duties this season. It will be her job to get everyone involved. She must use a drive and dish mentality this season.
Nikki Speed (Guard) and April Sykes (Forward) need to step up as well. Speed is an excellent ball handler but will need to put the ball in the hoop a lot more this year. Sykes could be a big key to the team this year. Sykes was a one time No. 2 recruit in the country but has not reached her potential since arriving at Rutgers.
Stringer will start four juniors and a sophomore in tonight’s opener. Stringer, always known for the tough defense her teams play, knows she must push this years club to be aggressive on the offensive end of the floor as well. Last season Rutgers averaged just 57.8 points per game.
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