BERKELEY, CA - Senior guard Mauri Horton scored a game-high 23 points to lead Rutgers past California, 56-49, in the Golden Bears season and home opener Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion. The loss snaps Cal's 22-game winning streak in home openers. " />
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Rutgers Defeats California , 56-49, for First Victory
  • Posted on November 24, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • BERKELEY, CA - Senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) had her sixth career 20-point game to lead the Rutgers women’s basketball team to its first victory of the season, a 56-49 decision at California (0-1) Nov. 24.

    Horton scored a game-high 23 points on 9-for-14 (.643) shooting, making three of her five (.600) attempts from three-point range, while adding six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Freshman Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) scored nine of her 12 points in the first half, and sophomore Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) added 10 points, five rebounds, four assists and a team-best four steals.

    The Scarlet Knights led 26-21 at halftime, but the two teams traded the lead three times in the second half. The Golden Bears cut the RU lead to two (47-45) with 5:31 on the clock, but the Scarlet Knights responded with seven unanswered points, a spurt that was capped by a Newton bucket to make the score 54-45 with 2:15 to play. Cal then scored two consecutive baskets, but Horton’s pair of free throws with six seconds remaining in the game gave Rutgers its final seven-point margin.

    Rutgers forced 18 Cal turnovers while putting together another efficient effort from three-point range (4-7, .571). On Nov. 22 at No. 5/6 Stanford, RU shot 55.6 (5-9) percent from beyond the arc.

    The Scarlet Knights will return to the East Coast to host the Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic next weekend. Northwestern will play Richmond in the first round Saturday, Nov. 30, at 12:00 p.m., followed by Rutgers against Wagner. The consolation game will be contested Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:00 p.m., followed by the championship game.

    Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS
    Rutgers vs California
    11/24/02 2:00 p.m. at Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, CA
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    VISITORS: Rutgers 1-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    34 Campbell, Michelle.. f  5-11   0-0    2-3    1  1  2   4  12  0  2  1  0  33
    22 Petillon, Amber..... c  0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   3   0  0  1  0  0  11
    15 Horton, Mauri....... g  9-14   3-5    2-2    1  5  6   3  23  5  3  0  2  39
    25 Pondexter, Cappie... g  3-5    1-1    0-1    1  5  6   1   7  6  5  0  0  33
    32 Newton, Chelsea..... g  4-10   0-1    2-2    2  3  5   1  10  4  1  0  4  39
    03 Locke, Courtney.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   9
    35 McCullouch, Dawn....    1-6    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   2  0  1  0  1  20
    55 Richman, Rebecca....    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   2  2  1  2  1  16
       TEAM................                            2  2             2
       Totals..............   23-49   4-7    6-8    7 19 26  16  56 17 17  3  8 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-24 41.7%   2nd Half: 13-25 52.0%   Game: 46.9%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half:  1-2  50.0%   Game: 57.1%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half:  3-5  60.0%   Game: 75.0%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: California 0-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    23 White, Amber........ f  0-3    0-1    2-2    0  2  2   3   2  9  6  0  3  33
    31 Lewis, Alisa........ f  2-6    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   4  0  0  0  1  17
    53 Ivanyi, Timea....... c  8-9    0-0    1-2    2  5  7   5  17  0  2  0  0  22
    05 Iwanaga, Kristin.... g  1-4    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  2  1  0  1  36
    22 Gregory, Leigh...... g  5-10   1-1    3-4    2  3  5   1  14  1  0  0  0  33
    03 Pool, Sarah.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  3  0  0   7
    10 Volkova, Olga.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  1  0  0   5
    30 Williams, Kiki......    0-4    0-1    3-4    0  1  1   0   3  2  0  1  0  20
    33 O'Keith, LaTasha....    1-4    0-2    0-0    1  0  1   2   2  1  2  0  0   8
    34 Wright, Renee.......    2-3    1-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   5  1  2  0  1  19
       TEAM................                         2  4  6             1
       Totals..............   19-44   2-7    9-12   8 19 27  14  49 16 18  1  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-21 38.1%   2nd Half: 11-23 47.8%   Game: 43.2%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half:  0-2   0.0%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 75.0%    1
    
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    Officials: Gator Parrish, Mazetta Garrett, Bob Scofield
    Technical fouls: Rutgers-None. California-None.
    Attendance: 853
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Rutgers.......................   26   30  -   56
    California....................   21   28  -   49
    
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