Women's College Basketball

 
                === Rutgers edges UTEP for Women's NIT crown ===
 
 El Paso, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Scaife's coast-to-coast layup with 2.1
 seconds  remaining gave  Rutgers  its first-ever  Women's National  Invitation
 Tournament  title  with a  56-54 victory over  UTEP in Saturday's championship
 game from the Haskins Center.
 
 Scaife's  deciding bucket  capped a furious final six minutes in which neither
 team  led  by more  than three  points and  the lead  changed hands twice. The
 Scarlet  Knights  owned a 54-50  edge with just over  a minute left before two
 Kristine  Vitola free  throws and Chrishauna Parker's putback with 8.0 seconds
 remaining drew the Miners even.
 
 Scaife then dribbled the length of the floor and converted a short runner with
 time  winding down  to put Rutgers (28-9)  ahead to stay. She finished with 18
 points, while Kahleah Copper also had 18 along with 12 rebounds.
 
 Vitola  had  16 points and eight  rebounds for UTEP (29-8), which battled back
 from a 14-point halftime deficit to nearly force overtime.
 
 Rutgers held a 30-16 lead at intermission and was up 37-24 early in the second
 half before the Miners put together a 15-4 run to close the gap. Jenzel Nash's
 3-point  play capped  the flurry and cut  the deficit to 41-39 with 10 minutes
 remaining.
 
 An  8-0 spurt that  culminated with two Parker free throws with just over five
 minutes  to go put  UTEP on top by a 50-48 count, but Rutgers countered with a
 6-0  burst and  grabbed a 54-50 lead  on Rachel Hollivay's layup off a Miners'
 turnover with 1:26 to go.
 
 
 04/05 18:18:59 ET

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