COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 13, 2012) – Former Rutgers women’s basketball All-American Cappie Pondexter was named one of 21 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team. The player selections were made by the USA Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee.
Pondexter is one of nine players in the mix who won Olympic gold medals at previous games. Pondexter was a member of the gold-medal winning group at the 2008 Beijing Games. In her second season with the New York Liberty, Pondexter is a six-year veteran of the league and was named one of the Top-15 players in WNBA history. She is a four-time WNBA All-Star and won a pair of WNBA Championships while a member of the Phoenix Mercury, in addition to being named the 2007 WNBA Finals MVP.
The No. 2 selection of the Mercury in 2006, Pondexter finished fourth in the league in scoring with 19.5 ppg en route to being named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team. She became the third rookie in WNBA history to break the 600-point mark and third player to score 30 points in back-to-back games. Pondexter also holds the distinction as the only player to win Player of the Week honors for three-consecutive weeks which she accomplished in 2009.
Pondexter is one of the most decorated players in Rutgers women’s basketball history. The unanimous selection as 2006 BIG EAST Player of the Year, she was the first player in the league to earn first team honors four-straight years. Pondexter scored 2,211 points during her illustrious career. The Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA All-American concluded her collegiate career ranked in the top-10 in 12 categories in the RU record book. She was also the first player in Rutgers history to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in her career.
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