PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers (2-1) defeated Wagner (0-2) in the second game Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic, 70-41. Northwestern (1-2) handed the Spiders of Richmond (2-1) their first loss of the season, 68-65, in the opening game of the afternoon. " />
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Rutgers Rolls Past Wagner, 70-41, in Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic
Scarlet Knights Face Northwestern in Championship Game
  • Posted on November 30, 2002 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers (2-1) defeated Wagner (0-2) in the second game Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic, 70-41. Northwestern (1-2) handed the Spiders of Richmond (2-1) their first loss of the season, 68-65, in the opening game of the afternoon.

    In game two, 2,130 fans watched the Scarlet Knights win their home opener, leading by 26 points at the beginning of the second half. RU led a fast-paced game with fast breaks resulting in 18 points. Dawn McCullouch (Long Beach, CA) led the defensive end with five steals as the team had a total of 18, the most for RU since Dec. 12, 2001, when Rutgers made 18 steals at Georgetown.

    Rutgers controlled all 40 minutes of the game, never losing the lead and holding Wagner to a .286 field-goal percentage. With a 12-10 lead with 10:36 on the clock in the first half, RU took control with a 27-12 run to end the half, entering the locker room with a 39-22 lead.

    The Scarlet Knights continued their domination into the second half, putting together a 17-1 run seven minutes into the second half. The Scarlet Knights were led in scoring by Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) who had a season-high 22 points, shooting 9-for- 14 (.643) in 33 minutes of play. She also added seven rebounds and seven assists. Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) and Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) each had 10 points. Amber Petillon (Brick, NJ) led the team in rebounding, tying her career-high with eight boards.

    The leading scorer for the Seahawks was Toni Roker with 14 points shooting 4-of-6 coming from behind the three-point line. She was followed by Carrie Walker, who finished with seven points. Ronnie Carter led the team with eight rebounds.

    Game one saw Northwestern take control midway through the first half with a 10-0 run, extending its second lead of the game to 21-11 with less than seven minutes remaining. Richmond rallied with a 12-0 run of its own, to take a 29-27 lead with 1:42 to play in the half, but Northwestern’s Samantha McComb hit a three-point shot with 20 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats the 30-29 advantage at the half.

    The Wildcats carried their momentum into the second half, leading by as many as 14 points in the second half (48-34, 8:55 remaining). Northwestern never trailed in the second half as Richmond came within three points, 52-49, with two minutes remaining, but Northwestern hung on to pick up its first win of the season, 68-65.

    The Wildcats were led in scoring by Sarah Kwasinski with 22 points, also pulling down a team-best nine rebounds. McComb added 12 points, while Natalie Will contributed 10 points and six assists. Kate Flavin led the Spiders with 20 points and eight rebounds and Ebony Tanner had 13 points and two blocks for Richmond.

    The RU Coca-Cola Classic championship game of Rutgers versus Northwestern will take place at the Louis Brown Athletic Center tomorrow at 2 p.m., with the consolation game starting the day off at 12 p.m.

    POST GAME NOTES
    Largest Margin of Victory:
    Today’s 70-41 win against Wagner marks the largest margin of victory since the 37-point win (80-43) against Stephen F. Austin in the NCAA Tournament First Round on March 17, 2001. In regular-season play, the 29-point margin is the largest since the Scarlet Knights topped St. John’s by 34 points (77-43) on January 23, 2001.

    Opponent Shot Percentage:
    Rutgers held Wagner to an overall field-goal percentage of .286 (14-49) this afternoon. It marks the lowest opponent scoring percentage since March 4, 2001, when the Scarlet Knights held Providence to a .279 percentage (17-61) during the BIG EAST Tournament. It is the lowest for a Rutgers opponent in regular-season play since Jan. 27, 2001, at Miami, when the Hurricanes were held to 15-of-53 (.283) shooting.

    Most Steals:
    The 18 steals made by Rutgers were the most by the Scarlet Knights since December 12, 2001, when RU made 18 steals at Georgetown. The RAC record for steals is 23, set against Temple on January 17, 1987.

    Caps Off:
    Sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter had her first career 20-point outing this afternoon, scoring 22 points on 9-of-14 (.643) shooting. Her first double-digit showing was at Stanford (Nov. 22) in her Rutgers debut, scoring 14 points. Pondexter also led the team in assists with seven, while pulling down seven boards and making three steals.

    Double-Figures:
    Senior Mauri Horton and sophomore Chelsea Newton rounded out the Rutgers double-digit scorers, each adding 10 points apiece. With their double-figure contributions, it marks the third consecutive game in which Horton and Newton have scored in double-digits.

    Scarlet Debut:
    Making their first appearances of the season for Rutgers were sophomore Mariota Theodoris and freshman Aquisha Cahoe. Theodoris finished the afternoon with four rebounds and two points, while Cahoe, in her first RU appearance, pulled down three rebounds and made one block.

    Career-Marks:
    Junior Dawn McCullouch eclipsed her career-steals mark by making five this afternoon against Wagner. Her previous high was four against Texas Tech Dec. 21, 2001.
    Sophomore Amber Petillon tied her career best of eight rebounds today, including six offensive rebounds. She had eight caroms twice before, most recently against Georgetown on Jan. 9, 2002.
    Petillon also tied her career high of two blocks, matching her personal best from Feb. 16, 2002, against Notre Dame.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Wagner vs Rutgers
    11/30/02 2:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Ath. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Wagner 0-2
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    22 THOMAS, Leeah....... f  0-5    0-2    2-6    1  1  2   2   2  1  2  0  1  18
    33 WALKER, Carrie...... f  2-7    1-3    2-2    0  3  3   1   7  2  1  1  0  35
    45 CARTER, Ronnie...... f  1-5    0-0    1-2    3  5  8   2   3  0  9  0  1  37
    30 McGHEE, Kim......... g  0-4    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  1  2  0  1  19
    32 LINSCOTT, Ashley.... g  0-3    0-2    0-0    1  2  3   3   0  2  5  0  1  21
    11 WHITAKER, Lauren....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
    14 SPREWER, Charee.....    2-4    2-2    0-0    1  0  1   2   6  0  1  0  0  18
    15 QUIEROZ, Joyce......    3-5    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   6  1  1  1  0  12
    23 GIANFORTUNE, Marisa.    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   3  0  0  0  0   4
    25 ROKER, Toni.........    5-8    4-6    0-0    0  1  1   2  14  1  1  0  0  21
    44 GALLAGHER, Joy......    0-7    0-4    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  2  0  0  0  14
       TEAM................                         5  3  8             1
       Totals..............   14-49   8-22   5-10  12 18 30  14  41 10 24  2  4 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-23 30.4%   2nd Half:  7-26 26.9%   Game: 28.6%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-12 41.7%   2nd Half:  3-10 30.0%   Game: 36.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-6  50.0%   2nd Half:  2-4  50.0%   Game: 50.0%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 2-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... f  4-8    0-2    2-2    0  5  5   3  10  4  1  0  3  26
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca.... c  0-2    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   2   0  0  2  1  0   8
    15 HORTON, Mauri....... g  3-11   2-7    2-2    3  1  4   0  10  3  1  0  3  34
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  9-14   1-3    3-3    0  7  7   1  22  7  4  0  3  33
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  3-6    0-1    3-5    2  2  4   1   9  2  3  0  5  27
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    2-4    0-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   4  2  0  0  1  14
    22 PETILLON, Amber.....    2-7    0-0    1-2    6  2  8   1   5  1  5  2  1  22
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle..    4-6    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   3   8  0  0  0  2  11
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota..    1-2    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   1   2  0  0  0  0  15
    52 CAHOE, Aquisha......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   0   0  1  0  1  0  10
       TEAM................                         1  3  4             1
       Totals..............   28-60   3-15  11-14  15 26 41  13  70 20 17  4 18 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-32 50.0%   2nd Half: 12-28 42.9%   Game: 46.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  0-5   0.0%   Game: 20.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-5  80.0%   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 78.6%    2
    
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    Officials: Dennis DeMayo, Susan Blauch, Norma Jones
    Technical fouls: Wagner-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 2130
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Wagner........................   22   19  -   41
    Rutgers.......................   39   31  -   70
    Rutgers Coca-Cola Classic First Round
    Rutgers advances to Championship Game vs. Northwestern tomorrow at 2pm
    Wagner will play Richmond in the Consolation Game tomorrow at 12pm
    
    Points in the paint-WAG 12,RU 36. Points off turnovers-WAG 15,RU 24.
    2nd chance points-WAG 7,RU 12. Fast break points-WAG 2,RU 18.
    Bench points-WAG 29,RU 19. Score tied-0 times. Lead changes-0 times.
    
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