PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers’ Matee Ajavon (Newark, NJ) has been named the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week, the league office has announced.
Ajavon, a 5-8 guard, averaged 12.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game in two contests last week. At Temple Dec. 13, she scored a team-high 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench, making seven of 15 (.467) field goals, two of four (.500) three-pointers and both free throws against the Owls while adding five rebounds. Ajavon had six points and tied her career high with a game-best four steals against Clemson Dec. 18. For the season, she is averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game.
Ajavon is the first Scarlet Knight to earn rookie-of-the-week honors since Cappie Pondexter earned the award five times during the 2002-2003 season.
No. 22 Rutgers (6-2) will play three top-10 teams in an eight-day stretch, starting with a home game against No. 9/10 Tennessee Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 5:00 p.m. The game will be shown live on CSTV, and will be carried on WCTC 1450 AM and WRSU 88.7 FM. A live stream of the radio broadcast, as well as live statistics, will be available on www.scarletknights.com. For tickets, please call the Rutgers Athletic Ticket Office at (732) 445-2766 or (866) 445-GORU.