PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points and senior Shalicia Hurns added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five steals to lead the 25th-ranked Rutgers women’s basketball team past No. 19 TCU, 73-65, Sunday afternoon at thr RAC. The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Scarlet Knights (4-4) and gives TCU (6-1)its first loss of the season." />
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No. 25 RU Women Hand No. 19 TCU First Defeat, 73-65
  • Posted on December 14, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Junior All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) scored 23 points to lead a balanced offensive attack that saw four Scarlet Knights score in double-figures as the No. 25 Rutgers women’s basketball team (4-4) defeated No. 19 TCU 73-65 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    The win was RU’s first over a ranked opponent this season. The Scarlet Knights have played four ranked teams this season in a five-game span, three of which were on the road. It also snaps a four-game losing streak and maintained RU’s perfect record (4-0) at home this season.

    Aside from Pondexter’s game-high 23 points, Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) had 15 points, Shalicia Hurns (Indianapolis, IN) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Dawn McCullouch (Long Beach, CA) chipped in 11 points.

    After a see-saw first half, Rutgers took a 29-24 lead into the locker room, limiting the Lady Frogs to just 33 percent shooting (8-for-24) while forcing 14 turnovers. Pondexter, Hurns and McCullouch combined for 20 points.

    The Scarlet Knights opened the second half on a 7-0 run and took a 36-24 lead on a jump shot by Campbell. TCU fought back with a 15-4 run of its own to pull within one, but Pondexter hit a three-pointer from the left corner at the 12:24 mark of the second half to push RU’s lead to 43-39. Courtney Locke (San Marcos, TX) then made a three-pointer of her own on the ensuing possession and Rutgers led by seven, 46-39.

    TCU would pull to within five, 67-62, late in the second half, but Rutgers made five-of-seven free throws in the final two minutes to seal the victory.

    The 65 points allowed by Rutgers was the second-lowest offensive output by TCU this season. Prior to the game, the Lady Frogs were averaging 73.5 points per game.

    The stingy Rutgers defense held TCU to a season-low 24 first-half points. The Scarlet Knights also held TCU’s second leading scorer, Ebony Shaw, scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting.

    Rutgers will be off for two weeks before playing again on Sunday, Dec. 28, when it hosts Old Dominion at 3:00 p.m. at the RAC.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    WITH THE WIN
    With today’s 73-65 win over TCU, Rutgers improves to 4-4 on the season. It is the Lady Frogs’ (6-1) first loss the season.

    FIRST WIN OVER RANKED OPPONENT
    Today’s win over TCU is Rutgers’ first win over a ranked opponent this season. The Scarlet Knights have played four ranked teams already this season, all in a five-game span.

    UNBEATEN AT THE RAC
    Rutgers is now 4-0 this season at the friendly confines of the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Prior to today’s contest, Rutgers had not played at home since a 65-50 victory over Michigan in the semifinal round of the Preseason WNIT Nov. 19.

    STRONG OUT OF THE BLOCKS
    Over the first 4:31 of regulation, a stingy Rutgers defense held TCU without a field goal and forced four turnovers.

    GETTING DEFENSIVE
    The 24 points allowed by the Scarlet Knights in the first half was the lowest point total TCU has scored in the first half of any game this year. The Horned Frogs’ pervious low came against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday, Dec. 11 (28 points).

    TCU, averaging 73.5 points per game prior to the contest, was held to its second-lowest offensive output of the season.

    HURNS DOUBLE-DOUBLE
    With 12 points and 10 rebounds, Shalicia Hurns registered her third double-double in a four-game span. She had 10 points and 13 rebounds at Clemson Nov. 30 and 11 points and 10 rebounds at No. 18/21 LSU Dec. 2. It marks the fifth time in the past six games that Rutgers has had a double-digit rebounder.

    NEWTON MAKES RAC SEASON DEBUT
    Guard Chelsea Newton made her first appearance at the Louis Brown Athletic Center this season, earning her second start of the year. She had her season debut at No. 18/21 LSU Dec. 2, scoring 12 points in 30 minutes off the bench. She led RU with four assists at No. 2/2 Tennessee Dec. 11.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    TCU vs RUTGERS
    12/14/03 1:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Athletic Ctr; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: TCU 6-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    24 NEWTON, Niki........ f  0-2    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  2  0  1  18
    45 WYNN, Tracy......... f  1-4    0-1    2-3    0  2  2   3   4  1  1  0  0  24
    50 IRVIN, Sandora...... f  8-14   1-1    3-8    6  6 12   3  20  1  4  2  1  30
    30 SHAW, Ebony......... g  0-8    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   4   0  0  5  0  0  18
    33 ROSS, Adrianne...... g  3-5    0-0    3-3    0  2  2   1   9  3  3  1  1  27
    03 PACK, Amy...........    6-10   4-4    2-3    1  2  3   4  18  0  1  0  0  24
    11 LACY, Natasha.......    1-5    0-1    1-2    2  4  6   2   3  4  3  0  1  30
    12 ORTEGA, Kim.........    4-6    3-5    0-0    0  1  1   3  11  2  3  0  1  25
    34 DAVIS, Ashley.......    0-1    0-1    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   4
       TEAM................                         2  5  7   1         2
       Totals..............   23-55   8-16  11-19  13 25 38  22  65 12 25  3  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-24 33.3%   2nd Half: 15-31 48.4%   Game: 41.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-7  28.6%   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half:  5-10 50.0%   Game: 57.9%   4,2
    
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    HOME TEAM: RUTGERS 4-4
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    00 HURNS, Shalicia..... f  5-7    0-0    2-4    2  8 10   4  12  4  2  0  5  32
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle.. f  1-5    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   5   2  1  2  1  4  25
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  9-14   3-5    2-2    2  1  3   1  23  4  2  0  2  39
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... g  4-12   0-1    7-9    1  3  4   1  15  3  1  0  2  32
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  3-12   0-1    5-8    2  2  4   0  11  4  5  1  0  34
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    2-6    2-4    1-2    0  1  1   0   7  0  2  0  1  15
    52 CAHOE, Aquisha......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    1-2    0-0    1-5    1  5  6   5   3  0  1  1  0  19
       TEAM................                         4     4
       Totals..............   25-58   5-11  18-30  14 23 37  16  73 16 15  3 14 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-33 36.4%   2nd Half: 13-25 52.0%   Game: 43.1%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 45.5%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-11 36.4%   2nd Half: 14-19 73.7%   Game: 60.0%    4
    
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    Officials: Michelle Jones, Norma Jones, Bonita Spence
    Technical fouls: TCU-TEAM. RUTGERS-None.
    Attendance: 914
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    TCU...........................   24   41  -   65
    RUTGERS.......................   29   44  -   73
    
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