Rutgers returns to final

Monday, March 31, 2008

— In a game where little was clicking offensively for Rutgers, Essence Carson carried the Scarlet Knights to another rematch with Connecticut - though this time with a Final Four berth at stake.

Carson matched her career high with 25 points Sunday to help Rutgers beat George Washington, 53-42, sending them to Tuesday's Greensboro Regional final for a third meeting with their Big East rivals.

"Essence played extremely well," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "She probably realized that not too many people were on. In fact, nobody else was on."

Epiphanny Prince added 12 points for the second-seeded Scarlet Knights (27-6), who handed the Huskies their only loss in early February. Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, avenged the 73-71 defeat by winning the rematch by 20 points earlier this month.

Despite the victory, Stringer sounded exasperated with her team's wandering focus in a game that it led by 16 points early before letting the Colonials get back in it. It wasn't the type of performance she wanted to see heading into another matchup with UConn.