HARTFORD, CT – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (9-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) fell behind early and wasn’t able to recover, losing 72-47 at No. 4/4 Connecticut (13-2, 4-1 BIG EAST) Jan. 19." />
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Short-Handed RU Women Fall at #4 Connecticut 72-47
  • Posted on January 19, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • HARTFORD, CT – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (9-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) fell behind early and wasn’t able to recover, losing 72-47 at No. 4/4 Connecticut (13-2, 4-1 BIG EAST) Jan. 19.

    The Huskies jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the game’s first 8:32, and built that advantage into a 40-17 halftime edge. Rutgers, playing its third game in six days and suiting up just eight players, was never able to get on track in the game’s first 20 minutes, shooting 8-for-30 (.267) from the field, committing nine turnovers and getting outrebounded 23-12.

    The Scarlet Knights were much better following the intermission, connecting on 38.7 (12-31) percent of their shots and outrebounding Connecticut 18-15. Rutgers scored 16 of its points off of 19 Husky turnovers, while the undersized Knights held their own in the paint, scoring 26 (compared to UConn’s 28) points from inside the lane.

    Junior All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) led Rutgers with 13 points. Junior Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) had her third consecutive solid game, chipping in eight points and four rebounds, while sophomore Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) had a team-best seven rebounds to go along with her six points. Every Scarlet Knight scored, marking the first time this season that every Rutgers player who suited up was able to get into the scoring column.

    Rutgers will be back in action Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. when the Scarlet Knights host Temple.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    RUTGERS vs CONNECTICUT
    1/19/04 2:00 p.m. at Hartford Civic Center  Hartford, CT
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    VISITORS: RUTGERS (9-7, 2-3)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    52 Cahoe, Aquisha...... f  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  1  0  0   7
    55 Richman, Rebecca.... c  4-6    0-0    0-0    2  2  4   2   8  0  3  1  0  26
    25 Pondexter, Cappie... g  6-24   1-6    0-0    1  1  2   3  13  2  3  0  1  39
    32 Newton, Chelsea..... g  1-4    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   2  2  1  0  1  18
    35 McCullouch, Dawn.... g  2-8    1-4    2-3    2  1  3   4   7  2  3  0  2  29
    00 Hurns, Shalicia.....    3-8    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   1   6  1  2  2  0  32
    03 Locke, Courtney.....    1-3    1-3    0-0    0  2  2   1   3  0  1  0  0  21
    34 Campbell, Michelle..    2-7    0-0    2-4    5  2  7   4   6  2  1  0  1  28
       TEAM................                         5  2  7             2
       Totals..............   20-61   3-13   4-7   17 13 30  17  47  9 17  3  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-30 26.7%   2nd Half: 12-31 38.7%   Game: 32.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-3   0.0%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 23.1%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  3-4  75.0%   Game: 57.1%    0
    
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    HOME TEAM: CONNECTICUT (13-2, 4-1)
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    33 Turner, Barbara..... f  3-5    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   1   6  2  1  1  0  23
    43 Strother, Ann....... f  4-11   2-5    0-0    1  2  3   2  10  2  1  0  0  28
    31 Moore, Jessica...... c  1-2    0-0    3-4    2  2  4   0   5  1  3  1  0  23
    03 Taurasi, Diana...... g 10-15   7-9    0-0    0  4  4   0  27  3  3  0  3  34
    05 Conlon, Maria....... g  1-3    1-2    2-2    1  4  5   0   5  3  1  0  2  24
    02 Valley, Ashley......    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   2  1  1  1  0   8
    04 Robinson, Kiana.....    0-1    0-0    0-1    0  1  1   2   0  1  2  0  0   8
    12 Marron, Stacey......    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   3
    20 Valley, Morgan......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  1  4  0  0   6
    22 Battle, Ashley......    1-3    0-0    2-2    2  0  2   0   4  1  2  0  1  20
    23 Crockett, Willnett..    4-4    0-0    0-0    2  6  8   3   8  0  0  0  3  15
    34 Sherwood, Liz.......    1-2    0-0    1-2    0  0  0   0   3  1  1  0  0   8
       TEAM................                         1  5  6
       Totals..............   27-50  10-17   8-11  11 27 38  10  72 16 19  3  9 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-26 53.8%   2nd Half: 13-24 54.2%   Game: 54.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-10 50.0%   2nd Half:  5-7  71.4%   Game: 58.8%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  7-8  87.5%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   Game: 72.7%    2
    
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    Officials: Dee Kantner, Bill Titus, Yvette McKinney
    Technical fouls: RUTGERS-None. CONNECTICUT-None.
    Attendance: 16294
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    RUTGERS.......................   17   30  -   47
    CONNECTICUT...................   40   32  -   72
    
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