Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer wanted her team to make a statement against Ohio State, and the No. 7 Scarlet Knights did it--at least on one side of the court.

"We wanted to stake our claim as one of the top defensive teams in the country," Stringer said after a 46-35 victory last night in Columbus, Ohio. "We were slow on the scoring side of it. We struggled offensively."

Rutgers (3-1) was led by Tasha Pointer, who scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds. Christina Fowler also had 11 points for the Scarlet Knights.

The Scarlet Knights took the lead on a jump shot by Pointer with less than two minutes to go in the first half, and never trailed thereafter.

Ohio State (2-2) cut the deficit to 22-19 by halftime on a pair of three-point shots by Mandy Stanhope. The Scarlet Knights picked up their defense in the second half and used their size to hold the Buckeyes scoreless for nearly six minutes.

NOTRE DAME 77, BUTLER 57: Freshman Alicia Ratay scored 16 points as the No. 11 Fighting Irish coasted in their home opener.

Center Ruth Riley added 14 points and seven blocked shots in just 19 minutes for the Irish (2-1). Niele Ivey had 13 points and reserve Ericka Haney had 11. Kelly Kuhn led Butler (3-2) with 17 points.

WISCONSIN 66, WIS.-GREEN BAY 56: LaTonya Sims had 17 points and nine rebounds as the No. 25 Badgers won on the road. Nina Smith added 15 points for the Badgers (4-1), and Jess Stomski had 14. Trisha Ebel and Melanie Tilque each had 15 points for Green Bay (1-4).