Rutgers women’s basketball unable to complete comeback against Michigan

On Sunday afternoon, Rutgers women’s basketball nearly pulled of their best comeback of the season. After a slow start against Michigan, the Scarlet Knights cut the Wolverines lead to under 10 points in the fourth quarter but lost 56-50.

Rutgers, who have now lost 10 consecutive games, were unable to stop Laila Phelia. The Ohio native scored 25 points and added six rebounds to her resume. It was the second time in her last five games that Phelia reached the 20-point mark.

While Phelia shined, Michigan’s success was a team effort. The Wolverines scored 15 points off turnovers and recorded 14 fast break points. They also scored 30 points in the paint while holding Rutgers to 18.

Rutgers is now 6-15 on the year and is winless in the Big Ten.


Although Sunday was another disappointing loss for Rutgers, there were a few bright spots. That includes Jillian Huerter, who scored 12 points. It was the third time this season the Clifton Park native scored more than 10 points. Destiny Adams also contributed with 11 points of her own.

With 21 games in the books, Rutgers is now 0-8 in Big Ten play. While the season is far from over, they will need to be better in conference play as they look to climb out of the bottom of the Big Ten standings. They will have a shot at redemption on Saturday when they take on Wisconsin.

Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire