PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith Women’s College Basketball National Player-of-the-Year Award." />
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Pondexter Named Preseason Naismith Candidate
  • Posted on November 06, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named one of 30 preseason candidates for the Naismith Women’s College Basketball National Player-of-the-Year Award.

    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. Picked as one of the nation’s top five point guards by ESPN.com, 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.

    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.

    Naismith Women’s College Basketball National Player-of-the-Year Award Preseason Candidates

    Seimone Augustus, 6-1 So. G, LSU
    Jacqueline Batteast, 6-2 Jr. F, Notre Dame
    Alana Beard, 5-11 Jr. G/F, Duke
    Jenni Benningfield, 6-3 Jr. F, Vanderbilt
    Tera Bjorklund, 6-5 Jr. C, Colorado
    Rebekkah Brunson, 6-3 Sr. F, Georgetown
    Jamie Carey, 5-6 Sr. G, Texas
    Shameka Christon, 6-1 Sr. F, Arkansas
    Shyra Ely, 6-2 Jr. F, Tennessee
    Trina Frierson, 6-2 Sr. F, Louisiana Tech
    Ebony Hoffman, 6-2 Sr., USC
    Temeka Johnson, 5-3 Sr. G, LSU
    Chandi Jones, 5-10 Sr. F/G, Houston
    Kelly Mazzante, 6-0 Sr. G, Penn State
    Loree Moore, 5-9 Jr. G, Tennessee
    Nicole Ohlde, 6-4 Sr. C, Kansas State
    Jia Perkins, 5-8 Sr. G, Texas Tech
    Cappie Pondexter, 5-9 Jr. G, Rutgers
    Nicole Powell, 6-2 Sr. G, Stanford
    Heather Schreiber, 6-2 Jr. F, Texas
    Stacy Stephens, 6-1 Sr. C, Texas
    Ann Strother, 6-2 So. G, Connecticut
    Diana Taurasi, 6-0 Sr. G/F, Connecticut
    Christi Thomas, 6-5 Sr. F/C, Georgia
    Iciss Tillis, 6-4 Sr. F, Duke
    Kendra Wecker, 5-11 Sr. F, Kansas State
    Lindsay Whalen, 5-8 Sr. G, Minnesota
    Tan White, 5-8 Jr. G, Mississippi State
    Shereka Wright, 5-10 Sr. F, Purdue
    Tanisha Wright, 5-11 Jr. G, Penn State

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