PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) of the Rutgers women’s basketball team has been recognized as one of the nation’s top five point guards by ESPN.com.
The 5-9 All-American has already named a preseason candidate for the 2003-2004 Women’s Wooden Award and the State Farm Wade Trophy, was named to the Street & Smith’s Preseason All-America High Honorable Mention List, and was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Conference First Team. She led Rutgers with 18.3 points and 4.9 assists per game during her rookie campaign, adding 5.1 rebounds per contest to rank second for the Scarlet Knights. An honorable-mention Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA All-American as well as the 2003 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, Pondexter also was the first rookie in conference history to earn a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. One of 12 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the top point guard in Division I women’s basketball, she was a member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team. This past summer, she helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia. One of the team’s co-captains as well as the starting point guard this summer, Pondexter has spent the last four summers playing with the 21-and-under U.S. team.
Pondexter was joined by Texas’ Jamie Carey, Texas Tech’s Erin Grant, LSU’s Tamecka Johnson, and Purdue’s Erika Valek on the ESPN.com list. Regarding Pondexter, analyst Mechelle Voepel commented, “The tools are all there, the next step is consistently elevating her teammates’ play.” Lieberman added that Pondexter is, “A very exciting player who can run the floor and push tempo.”
Rutgers, ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll, will play its second and final exhibition Sunday, Nov. 9, when the Scarlet Knights host the NWBL Elite at 2:00 p.m. The 2003-2004 season will officially begin on Friday, Nov. 14, when RU hosts St. Peter’s in the first round of the Preseason WNIT at 7:30 p.m.