CHATTANOOGA, TN – Junior Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) scored a game-high 16 points after an 18-day layoff, but its wasn’t enough as No. 7 Rutgers (22-12) lost at No. 10 Chattanooga (29-2) 74-69 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship First Round March 20 in Chattanooga, TN." />
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Rutgers Eliminated by Chattanooga in NCAA First Round, 74-69
  • Posted on March 20, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • CHATTANOOGA, TN – Junior Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) scored a game-high 16 points after an 18-day layoff, but its wasn’t enough as No. 7 Rutgers (22-12) lost at No. 10 Chattanooga (29-2) 74-69 in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship First Round March 20 in Chattanooga, TN.

    Rutgers opened up an 11-point (33-22, 3:10) first-half lead, but junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) quickly picked up her second (1:57) and third (0:56) fouls, and the Lady Mocs closed the half with a 7-2 run to cut RU’s advantage to 35-29 at the break.

    On the first possession of the second half, Chattanooga went right at Pondexter, and she was whistled for her fourth foul just 10 seconds later, sending her to the bench. The Lady Mocs took their first lead at the 12:36 mark (46-45) and never trailed again, as Chattanooga scored 16 of their final 29 points from the free-throw line. RU cut the lead to one (63-62) with 2:36 to play, but Chattanooga responded with a three-pointer. The Knights would again get as close as two points twice in the game’s final 1:19, but Chattanooga shot 6-for-8 from the line down the stretch.

    Newton, who had not played since March 2 due to a concussion, contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 33 minutes. Senior Shalicia Hurns (Indianapolis, IN) had 14 points, while redshirt junior Nikki Jett (Columbia, SC) added 15 points.

    Rutgers shot 5-for-7 (.714) from the line, but Chattanooga went to the line 38 times and made 27 (.711) of its attempts. RU was whistled for 24 fouls, while the Lady Mocs had just seven.

    The situation was similar to Rutgers’ 2003 NCAA second-round loss at No. 5 Georgia. The No. 4 Knights were assessed 27 fouls to Georgia’s 10, and the Lady Dawgs went to the line 25 more times than the Knights (38-13). This also marked the second consecutive year that the higher-seeded Scarlet Knights were forced to play on a lesser seed’s home court.

    RU shot 46.8 (29-62) percent from the field and 60.0 (6-10) percent from behind the arc, compared to UTC’s 40.7 (22-54) and 21.4 (3-14) percent efforts.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Chattanooga vs Rutgers
    3/20/04 11:11 a.m. at Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
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    VISITORS: Chattanooga 29-2
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    03 BROWN, Katasha...... *  4-11   0-4    5-6    1  1  2   1  13  1  0  0  0  40
    05 GALLOWAY, Katie..... *  4-10   2-5    4-8    0  3  3   0  14  4  0  0  0  30
    33 ROBERSON, Tiffani... *  4-8    0-0    7-9    5  4  9   2  15  2  1  0  0  30
    34 PATTON, Tiffany..... *  3-5    0-0    3-6    5  5 10   0   9  1  1  1  0  39
    35 MATTISON, Nicole.... *  3-7    0-1    4-5    2  4  6   4  10  1  2  0  0  27
    11 McDIVITT, Heather...    1-3    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  1  0  0  0  10
    20 WARFIELD, Miranda...    3-10   1-2    4-4    1  3  4   0  11  1  1  0  0  24
       TEAM................                         1  1  2
       Totals..............   22-54   3-14  27-38  15 23 38   7  74 11  5  1  0 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-30 30.0%   2nd Half: 13-24 54.2%   Game: 40.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-10 10.0%   2nd Half:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 21.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9%   2nd Half: 17-25 68.0%   Game: 71.1%    5
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 21-12
                              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..... *  6-9    0-0    2-3    3  3  6   4  14  1  2  3  1  31
    13 JETT, Nikki......... *  6-12   3-4    0-0    0  5  5   4  15  2  2  0  0  36
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... *  4-16   1-3    0-0    0  3  3   4   9  5  3  0  0  27
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... *  7-15   0-1    2-3    4  3  7   2  16  5  2  0  0  33
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle.. *  3-4    0-0    1-1    2  5  7   4   7  0  1  1  0  34
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    3-4    2-2    0-0    1  1  2   2   8  0  0  0  0  25
    52 CAHOE, Aquisha......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    0-2    0-0    0-0    2  1  3   3   0  0  0  1  1   9
       TEAM................                            1  1
       Totals..............   29-62   6-10   5-7   12 23 35  24  69 13 10  5  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-28 53.6%   2nd Half: 14-34 41.2%   Game: 46.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half:  3-5  60.0%   Game: 60.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  3-5  60.0%   Game: 71.4%    0
    
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    Officials: Wesley Dean, Cameron Inouye, Carolyn Jones
    Technical fouls: Chattanooga-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance:
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Chattanooga...................   29   45  -   74
    Rutgers.......................   35   34  -   69
    First Round of NCAA Tournament
    Chattanooga advances to the second round.
    
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