PISCATAWAY, NJ - Former Rutgers point guard Tasha Pointer has been named one of 15 members of the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Basketball Silver Anniversary Team, the conference office has announced.
Pointer (1997-2001) posted career totals of 1,456 points (eighth all time at Rutgers), 839 assists (first), 292 steals (first), 257 free throws made (third) and 531 free throws attempted (tied-third), playing in 129 games (tied-third) during her four-year career “On the Banks.” She recorded four triple-doubles during her career, the most in BIG EAST history, and ranks third in assists (460) and 14th in steals (154) on the BIG EAST regular-season charts.
Pointer led RU to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round in 2001, the Sweet Sixteen in 1998, the Elite Eight in 1999 and the Final Four in 2000. She was named an honorable mention Associated Press All-American in 2000 and 2001, earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors 1999 and 2001, and was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 1998.
“It’s a great honor,” said Pointer. “It’s not every day that you get to reflect back on your career and understand what you did and what you accomplished as a player. This honor is really something that is a reflection of our teams’ successes. As a point guard, you’re only as good as your teammates, so they really deserve a lot of the credit. It is a special honor for myself, my teammates, and Rutgers.”
“It is a tremendous honor for Tasha to be recognized in this way, especially in a conference that is the strongest in the country,” ninth-year Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer said. “It speaks to just how special a player Tasha was, and it speaks volumes about her impact on our program. She was the franchise player, the player we built everything else around. She took us to a Final Four, and provided our fans and everyone else with a high level of competition during her career. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than Tasha.”
The 15-member team, created as part of the BIG EAST’s 25th anniversary celebration, was selected by a fan poll on the conference’s Web site. Women’s basketball has provided the BIG EAST with five national titles, several national players of the year and numerous consensus All-Americans. The Silver Anniversary Team will be honored at the league’s annual championship awards dinner on March 5.
Rutgers (18-10, 10-6 BIG EAST) will play Seton Hall (14-13, 6-10 BIG EAST) in the BIG EAST Championship’s first round Saturday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. at the Hartford Civic Center.
BIG EAST Conference Women’s Basketball Silver Anniversary Team
Kerry Bascom, Connecticut (’91)
Sarah Behn, Boston College (’93)
Sue Bird, Connecticut (’02)
Jodi Brooks, Seton Hall (’94)
Jennifer Bruce, Pittsburgh (’85)
Sabrina Johnson, St. John’s (’90)
Felisha Legette, Syracuse (’89)
Tracy Lis, Providence (’92)
Rebecca Lobo, Connecticut (’95)
Shelly Pennefather, Villanova (’87)
Tasha Pointer, Rutgers (’01)
Ruth Riley, Notre Dame (’01)
Jennifer Rizzotti, Connecticut (’96)
Nykesha Sales, Connecticut (’98)
Diana Taurasi, Connecticut (’04)