LUBBOCK, TX – The No. 15/15 Rutgers women’s basketball team (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling at No. 7/5 Texas Tech (4-0) 73-45 in the Preseason WNIT championship game Nov. 23 in Lubbock, TX." />
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Rutgers Falls to Texas Tech in Preseason WNIT Finals
  • Posted on November 23, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • LUBBOCK, TX – The No. 15/15 Rutgers women’s basketball team (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling at No. 7/5 Texas Tech (4-0) 73-45 in the Preseason WNIT championship game Nov. 23 in Lubbock, TX.

    With the score tied 4-4 five minutes into the game, the Lady Raiders scored eight unanswered points, the beginning of a run that would give Texas Tech a 33-21 cushion at halftime.

    Rutgers, again suiting up just eight players due to a rash of injuries, saw the Lady Raider lead expand to 21 points (55-34) at the 7:48 mark. RU began to use its 55 press, getting several steals and easy baskets to begin to get back in the game, cutting the margin to 58-42 with 6:03 to play. However, on the next play, junior All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) was called for her fifth foul, joining classmate Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) on the bench. Texas Tech steadily built its lead after that point, and the 28-point final margin was the largest of the game.

    Pondexter led RU with 15 points and two assists, adding six rebounds. Sophomore forward Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) posted her fourth double-digit scoring effort in as many games with her 11 tallies. Senior guard Dawn McCullouch (Long Beach, CA) added 10 points and five rebounds, while sophomore forward Aquisha Cahoe (Philadelphia, PA) posted her first career double-digit rebounding game with her team-leading 10 caroms.

    RU will be back in action Sunday, Nov. 30, when the Scarlet Knights travel to South Carolina to take on Clemson at 2:00 p.m.

    OFFICIAL BASKETBALL BOX SCORE -- G A M E   T O T A L S                          
    Rutgers vs Texas Tech                                                           
    11-23-03 12:30 PM at Lubbock, Texas                                             
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    VISITORS: Rutgers 3-1                                                           
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle   f  3-7    0-0    5-9    3  1  4   2  11   0  2  1  1  31
    52 CAHOE, Aquisha       f  1-3    0-0    1-2    5  5 10   3   3   0  4  0  0  26
    13 JETT, Nikki          g  2-6    0-1    0-0    0  3  3   3   4   1  3  0  4  27
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie    g  5-16   0-1    5-10   1  5  6   5  15   2  0  0  1  34
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn     g  5-23   0-1    0-0    3  2  5   3  10   1  5  0  1  37
    03 LOCKE, Courtney         0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   2   0   0  1  0  0  17
    10 JOHNSON, Natisha        1-1    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   0   2   0  1  0  0  12
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca        0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   0   0  1  0  0  16
    TEAM ........................................   0  1  1                         
    TOTALS                    17-57   0-3   11-21  14 19 33  23  45   4 17  1  7 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH: 10-28 35.7%  2ndH:  7-29 24.1%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 29.8% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  0-1  00.0%  2ndH:  0-2  00.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 00.0%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  1-6  16.7%  2ndH: 10-15 66.7%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 52.4%   5   
                                                                                    
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    HOME TEAM: Texas Tech 4-0                                                       
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS                         
    No.     N A M E           FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP   A TO BLK S MIN
    32 Jackson, Casey       f  4-7    0-0    2-4    6 13 19   1  10   2  3  0  0  33
    33 Ayers-Curry, Jolee   c  1-5    0-0    2-2    2  3  5   2   4   1  0  0  0  24
    14 Grant, Erin          g  2-7    0-2    4-4    0  2  2   2   8   3  6  0  0  34
    15 Perkins, Jia         g  7-13   0-0    1-2    4  4  8   1  15   1  3  0  1  27
    23 Ritchie, Natalie     g  2-8    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   1   4   0  0  0  0  14
    05 Dabbs, Chesley          2-3    0-0    2-3    0  1  1   2   6   1  0  0  1  17
    10 Baughman, Brooke        3-5    2-3    1-2    0  3  3   2   9   4  0  1  0  17
    31 Greenwalt, Cisti        1-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   2   0  0  0  0   2
    34 Clark, Jametra          2-5    0-0    2-2    1  2  3   1   6   2  2  2  1  15
    41 Davis, LaToya           1-2    0-0    2-2    2  0  2   2   4   0  1  0  0   6
    55 Robertson, Alesha       2-7    0-2    1-2    1  2  3   3   5   1  0  1  0  11
    TEAM ........................................   1  0  1                         
    TOTALS                    27-63   2-9   17-23  19 31 50  17  73  15 15  4  3 200
                                                                                    
    TOT-FG 1stH: 15-35 42.9%  2ndH: 12-28 42.9%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 42.9% Deadbl
    3pt-FG 1stH:  1-5  20.0%  2ndH:  1-4  25.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 22.2%  Rebs 
    FThrow 1stH:  2-3  66.7%  2ndH: 15-20 75.0%  OT:  0-0  00.0%  Game: 73.9%   4   
                                                                                    
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    OFFICIALS:   John Weeks, Robyn Ensminger, Melanie Davis                         
    TECHNICAL FOULS:                                                                
    Rutgers                       -  none                                           
    Texas Tech                    -  none                                           
    ATTENDANCE:  10,854                                                             
    SCORE BY PERIODS:                  1st  2nd  OT1  OT2  OT3  OT4   TOTAL         
    Rutgers                             21   24                          45         
    Texas Tech                          33   40                          73         
                                                                                    
    ID-202874                                                                       
    
    
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