QUEENS, NY – An 11-2 run to begin the game helped propel the No. 14/19 Rutgers women’s basketball team (10-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) to a 64-49 victory at St. John’s (12-2, 1-2 BIG EAST) in the Scarlet Knights’ BIG EAST Conference season opener Jan. 8 in Queens, NY. " />
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Rutgers Tops St. John’s 64-49 in BIG EAST Opener
  • Posted on January 08, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • QUEENS, NY – An 11-2 run to begin the game helped propel the No. 14/19 Rutgers women’s basketball team (10-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) to a 64-49 victory at St. John’s (12-2, 1-2 BIG EAST) in the Scarlet Knights’ BIG EAST Conference season opener Jan. 8 in Queens, NY.

    After the early run that gave RU the nine-point (11-2) advantage, the Red Storm rallied to get back within three (13-10, 11:47). But, St. John’s would make just one of its next eight field-goal attempts and turn the ball over three times in the next 8:31 as Rutgers built a double-digit lead. Freshman Matee Ajavon (Newark, NJ) made three-pointers on each of three consecutive possessions as the first half wound down, and the Scarlet Knights went into the locker room with a 35-20 lead. RU scored the first six points of the second half for its largest lead of the game (41-20, 18:22), and the Scarlet Knights were never seriously challenged from that point forward.

    Ajavon led all scorers with her 17 points on 5-for-8 (.625) shooting. Freshman Essence Carson (Paterson, NJ) contributed a season-best 16 points, while junior Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) had 15 tallies.

    The win was the fifth in a row for the Scarlet Knights, who were coming off three consecutive upsets of top-10 teams (65-51 vs. No. 8/8 Tennessee Dec. 29, 51-47 at No. 4/3 Texas Jan. 2 and 51-49 in overtime against No. 1/1 LSU Jan. 5). During the winning streak, RU has allowed an average of 49.4 points per contest and forced an average of 20.2 turnovers per game.

    Rutgers will play two BIG EAST home games in three days, starting with Pittsburgh Tuesday, Jan. 11. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The game will be carried live on WRSU 88.7 FM. A live stream of the radio broadcast, as well as live statistics, will be available via www. scarletknights.com.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    RUTGERS vs St. John's
    01/08/05 2:00 pm at Queens, NY
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    VISITORS: RUTGERS 10-2,1-0
                              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  5-7    0-0    5-8    1  3  4   2  15  1  1  1  1  32
    03 LOCKE, Courtney..... g  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  2  3  0  0  17
    05 CARSON, Essence..... g  7-11   0-1    2-3    1  3  4   4  16  0  0  0  3  33
    13 JETT, Nikki......... g  2-8    0-1    0-1    0  1  1   2   4  5  2  0  0  40
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... g  1-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  2  0  0  3  10
    12 ADAMS, Katie........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
    22 AJAVON, Matee.......    5-8    3-4    4-4    3  1  4   1  17  3  3  0  3  27
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie...    1-6    0-2    2-2    1  4  5   4   4  2  2  0  1  24
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    2-3    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   4  1  2  2  2  13
       TEAM................                         1  1  2
       Totals..............   24-46   3-8   13-18   8 17 25  16  64 16 13  3 13 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 15-21 71.4%   2nd Half:  9-25 36.0%   Game: 52.2%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-3  100 %   2nd Half:  0-5   0.0%   Game: 37.5%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  2-4  50.0%   2nd Half: 11-14 78.6%   Game: 72.2%    1
    
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    HOME TEAM: St. John's 12-2,1-2
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    03 CLARK, Angela....... f  7-8    0-0    2-2    2  4  6   1  16  0  1  1  0  34
    25 WALKER, Tara........ f  3-8    1-2    2-2    0  3  3   2   9  0  3  1  0  25
    33 CHAMBERS, Danielle.. f  1-5    0-0    0-0    3  3  6   2   2  2  2  0  2  22
    12 WRIGHT, Kia......... g  3-8    1-3    2-2    1  1  2   4   9  0  5  0  2  33
    22 PETERSON, Andrea.... g  1-5    0-2    0-0    1  1  2   1   2  0  1  0  0  24
    04 JONES, Jenn.........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   4
    05 DUKES, Mercedes.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  2  0  0   6
    15 KURTOSI, Kati.......    1-1    1-1    3-5    0  3  3   0   6  1  2  1  0  15
    24 THOMPSON, Chelsey...    1-2    0-1    0-0    0  3  3   0   2  2  1  0  0  18
    31 BARLOW, Greeba......    1-6    0-1    1-2    1  0  1   5   3  3  1  0  2  19
       Team................                         1     1             1
       Totals..............   18-43   3-10  10-13  10 18 28  17  49  8 20  3  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-23 34.8%   2nd Half: 10-20 50.0%   Game: 41.9%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 30.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 76.9%    1
    
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    Officials: Wesley Dean, Tina Napier, Jack Riordon
    Technical fouls: RUTGERS-None. St. John's-None.
    Attendance: 1295
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    RUTGERS.......................   35   29  -   64
    St. John's....................   20   29  -   49
    ID-299259
    
    Points in the paint-RUTGERS 16,SJU 20. Points off turnovers-RUTGERS 18,SJU 8.
    2nd chance points-RUTGERS 12,SJU 9. Fast break points-RUTGERS 6,SJU 2.
    Bench points-RUTGERS 25,SJU 11. Score tied-0 times. Lead changed-0 times.
    Last FG-RUTGERS 2nd-01:21, SJU 2nd-00:10.
    
    
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