No. 21 Rutgers eases past Wagner 81-53

NEW YORK (AP) Kahleah Copper and Betnijah Laney combined for 42 points to help No. 21 Rutgers beat Wagner 81-53 on Tuesday night.

Laney was 10 of 14 from the field for 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Copper added 20 points and seven boards as the Scarlet Knights out-rebounded Wagner 43-28.

The duo scored 15 points apiece in the first half to help Rutgers build a 50-37 lead at the break.

Tyler Scaife added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Rutgers (4-0). Briyona Canty had 11 points, five assists and six steals.

Jasmine Nwajei had 16 points for Wagner (0-3), Lyndsay Rowe 13 and Jordyn Peck added 12.

Wagner made seven 3-pointers in the first half to stay within 13 points.

Rutgers opened the second half on a 15-4 run to build its lead to 65-41 with 11:45 left.