Rutgers Women’s Basketball

Chyna Cornwell of Rutgers women's basketball had a huge afternoon vs. Wisconsin, Sunday, Febraury 5, 2023. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.


A career night on the boards for Chyna Cornwell combined with another stellar shooting night for Kaylene Smikle contributed to a 20-point fourth quarter as Rutgers stunned Northwestern 62-48 Wednesday night at Jersey Mike’s Arena.

Cornwell notched 17 rebounds in the victory – a new career best. Rutgers also forced 28 turnovers and scored 24 points off turnovers, which proved to be a huge key to the club’s success against the Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Smikle dished out 21 points to lead the way on the glass for Rutgers. The performance was the 13th time this season Smikle has scored 20-or-more points in a game this year for Rutgers.

With Rutgers trailing 44-42 at the start of the fourth quarter, RU would outscore the Wildcats 20-4 the rest of the way.  Smikle’s three-pointer with 4:30 to go in the game proved to be the back-breaker; it gave Rutgers a 50-46 lead, and they would never trail again the rest of the night — closing out the contest on a 12-2 run.

While both teams shot fairly similarly around 35 percent, Rutgers collected 46 rebounds, 16 steals and was a plus-9 in the turnover margin. Rutgers was also 7-for-11 from the charity stripe, and shot 42 percent from the floor in the quarter. Compare that to Northwestern who shot only 11 percent from the floor in the final stanza.