NEWARK, NJ – The Rutgers University women’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2002-2003 Preseason BIG EAST Conference Coaches Poll, the conference office announced Oct. 24 at its annual Media Day." />
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Rutgers Picked Sixth in Preseason BIG EAST Poll
Pondexter Named to Preseason Second Team
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  • NEWARK, NJ – The Rutgers University women’s basketball team was picked to finish sixth in the 2002-2003 Preseason BIG EAST Conference Coaches Poll, the conference office announced Oct. 24 at its annual Media Day.

    In addition, Rutgers sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team.

    Rutgers was ranked sixth in the preseason poll with 107 points. Connecticut and Notre Dame each received 161 points and seven first-place votes to head the list. Boston College was third with 143 points, followed by Villanova (128), Virginia Tech (110), Rutgers, Miami (104), West Virginia (81), Seton Hall and Syracuse (69), Georgetown (64), Providence (33), Pittsburgh (29) and St. John’s (15).

    Pondexter, who practiced with the Scarlet Knights last season, spent the summer playing with the U.S. 20-and-Under National Team. She helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

    Pondexter marks the fourth player in the past three seasons the Scarlet Knights have had named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Last year, RU’s Davalyn Cunningham was a preseason second-team selection. Tasha Pointer was a first-team selection and teammate Tammy Sutton-Brown as a second-team selection to the 2000-2001 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.

    Rutgers has six letterwinners returning from last year’s 2001-2002 campaign, three of whom were starters. C. Vivian Stringer will take the floor for her eighth season as Rutgers head coach when the Knights begin their preseason Wednesday, Nov. 6, against the Houston Jaguars AAU Team at 7:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights will begin the regular season at Stanford on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7:00 p.m. PT.

    2002-2003 Preseason BIG EAST Coaches Poll

    Team (First-Place Votes) Points

    Connecticut (7) 161
    Notre Dame (7) 161

    3. Boston College 143
    4. Villanova 128
    5. Virginia Tech 110
    6. Rutgers 107
    7. Miami 104
    8. West Virginia 81
    9. Seton Hall 69
    Syracuse 69
    11. Georgetown 64
    12. Providence 33
    13. Pittsburgh 29
    14. St. John’s 15

    2002-2003 Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year
    Diana Taurasi, Jr., Connecticut

    2002-2003 Preseason BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
    Ann Strother, Connecticut

    2002-2003 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
    Name Yr. School
    Jacqueline Batteast So. Notre Dame
    Trish Juhline Sr. Villanova
    Ieva Kublina Jr. Virginia Tech
    Alicia Ratay Jr. Connecticut
    Diana Taurasi Jr. Connecticut

    2002-2003 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
    Name Yr. School
    Rebekkah Brunson Jr. Georgetown
    Kate Bulger Jr. West Virginia
    Julie McBride Jr. Syracuse
    Cappie Pondexter So. Rutgers
    Brianne Stepherson Sr. Boston College

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