PISCATAWAY, NJ – The senior duo of Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) and All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) combined for 27 points as No. 10/10 Rutgers dismantled its fifth top-10 opponent of the season, upending No. 5/7 Notre Dame 59-48 on Saturday before 7,725 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center." />
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No. 10/10 Rutgers Women’s Basketball Upends No. 5/7 Notre Dame, 59-48
Scarlet Knights Reach 20-Win Mark for Third-Straight Season
  • Posted on February 19, 2005 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The senior duo of Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) and All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) combined for 27 points as No. 10/10 Rutgers dismantled its fifth top-10 opponent of the season, upending No. 5/7 Notre Dame 59-48 on Saturday before 7,725 fans at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    Newton scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half. She finished the game with a career-high five steals for the Scarlet Knights (20-5, 11-2 BIG EAST), while matching her career high with eight assists in the contest.

    Pondexter scored 12 of her 13 points in the first half, finishing the contest 5-of-7 (.714) from the field and 2-of-3 (.667) from three-point range.

    Pondexter and teammate Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) powered Rutgers to an early 12-4 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. Pondexter nailed a three-pointer to break a 2-2 tie and spark RU on a 10-2 run. Campbell followed with a layup and the pair repeated the sequence two minutes later to put RU up 12-4.

    Rutgers led by as many as 13 in the first half, holding a 12-point advantage (32-20) at the halftime break.

    Notre Dame (23-4, 11-3 BIG EAST) scored 11 of the first 12 points of the second half to cut the lead to two (33-31), five minutes into the final period. However, the Scarlet Knights responded with 7-0 run of their own to build a nine-point advantage at 40-31 midway through the second half. The Irish would get no closer then seven the rest of the way as the Scarlet Knights cruised to the 11-point victory.

    Campbell registered 10 points, six rebounds and three steals, while providing solid defense on Notre Dame’s leading scorer Jacqueline Batteast. Batteast, the BIG EAST’s second-leading scorer, was limited to 3-of-14 (.214) shooting from the field. She finished the contest with 14 points, connecting on eight of her nine free throws.

    RU’s defense also forced Notre Dame into a season-high 23 turnovers, including Irish guard Megan Duffy’s 10. Rutgers recorded 16 steals for the fourth time this season.

    The Scarlet Knights will remain home to host Boston College Tuesday, Feb. 22, on Senior Night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    DEFENSE, DEFENSE!
    Rutgers limited Notre Dame to just 20 first-half points and 48 points for the game – its lowest output in a game this season. The 20-point first half marked the second time in the two games this season the Irish have scored 20 first-half points against the Scarlet Knights. It is ND’s second-lowest output in a half this season. The Scarlet Knights forced Notre Dame into 23 turnovers – tying their season high. RU limited ND leading scorer Jacqueline Batteast (the BIG EAST’s second-leading scorer at 17.9 ppg.) to 3-of-14 (.214) shooting from the field.

    The 20-point first-half total by Notre Dame marked the 17th time this season Rutgers has surrendered 20 or fewer points in a half. It is also the 12th time this season the Scarlet Knights have held an opponent to 50 points or fewer for the game.

    THIRD-STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASON
    Today’s victory gives Rutgers its third-straight 20-win season and seventh in the last eight years. It is the 21st time in the program’s 31-year history that the Scarlet Knights have recorded at least 20 victories in a season.

    OUR HOUSE!
    Today’s victory also improves Rutgers’ home record to 12-0 this season. The Scarlet Knights, who have defeated four top-10 teams in the RAC this season, are currently on a 15-game home winning streak, dating back to Feb. 14 of last season against No. 2/1 Connecticut. According to the latest NCAA statistics released on Feb. 14, 14-straight home victories tied for 10th in the nation.

    PACKING THE RAC
    The crowd of 7,725 fans today was the second largest attendance of the season. It was also the seventh-best crowd in school history. Rutgers is currently averaging 4,639 fans per game through 12 home games – well above the record-average of 4,080 set in 14 games during the 2000-01 season.

    TACKLING THE NATION’S ELITE
    With today’s victory over No. 5/7 Notre Dame, Rutgers improved to 6-3 against top-15 teams this season. The Scarlet Knights put together and impressive stretch earlier in the year with consecutive victories over No. 8/8 Tennessee (65-51), No. 4/3 Texas (51-47) and No. 1/1 LSU (51-49 OT). RU also defeated No. 14/13 Boston College (71-60) and No. 10/10 Connecticut (76-62). Their only losses against top-15 teams came on the road against No. 5/5 Ohio State (50-52), No. 11/10 Notre Dame (47-63) and No. 11/11 Connecticut (44-57).

    NEWTON POSTS CAREER NUMBERS IN ASSISTS AND STEALS
    Senior guard Chelsea Newton registered seven of her eight assists in the first half, tying her career-best total set in Rutgers’ 2004-05 season-opener against Rider, Nov. 20. She also had a career-high five steals, eclipsing her previous high of four set on three different occasions and most recently against the Irish, Jan. 23.

    STREAK-BUSTERS
    Rutgers’ victory over Notre Dame snapped the school’s 10-game winning. The Irish’s last loss had come against Connecticut Jan. 12.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Notre Dame vs Rutgers
    02/19/05 12:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: Notre Dame 23-4, 11-3
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    21 BATTEAST, Jacqueline f  3-14   0-1    8-9    2  6  8   4  14  2  3  2  1  38
    41 LaVERE, Courtney.... f  3-6    0-1    2-2    2  4  6   3   8  1  4  2  0  25
    12 BORTON, Teresa...... c  1-4    0-0    2-2    1  2  3   2   4  1  1  0  1  19
    13 DUFFY, Megan........ g  4-6    2-4    4-4    1  1  2   1  14  3 10  0  1  40
    32 GRAY, Breona........ g  3-7    0-2    0-0    1  4  5   3   6  0  2  0  1  34
    01 GAINES, Tulyah......    0-2    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   3   1  0  0  0  1  15
    02 ALLEN, Charel.......    0-2    0-0    1-2    1  4  5   0   1  1  2  0  0  15
    34 ERWIN, Crystal......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   5   0  0  1  0  0  14
       TEAM................                            3  3
       Totals..............   14-42   2-8   18-21  10 27 37  21  48  8 23  4  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  5-20 25.0%   2nd Half:  9-22 40.9%   Game: 33.3%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  2-8  25.0%   Game: 25.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half: 10-12 83.3%   2nd Half:  8-9  88.9%   Game: 85.7%   0,1
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 20-5, 11-2
                              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    0-1    3  3  6   3  10  0  3  1  3  37
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca.... c  1-2    0-0    3-8    3  3  6   4   5  1  0  2  0  25
    13 JETT, Nikki......... g  2-6    1-2    0-0    0  0  0   1   5  2  1  0  2  13
    22 AJAVON, Matee....... g  2-7    0-2    0-2    2  0  2   4   4  2  3  0  2  15
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... g  5-13   1-1    3-4    0  4  4   4  14  8  3  1  5  38
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    1-2    1-2    0-0    1  2  3   1   3  0  1  0  1  16
    05 CARSON, Essence.....    1-7    0-0    2-4    2  2  4   1   4  0  0  0  2   8
    12 ADAMS, Katie........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
    20 REED, Tudy..........    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie...    5-7    2-3    1-2    0  4  4   2  13  2  2  0  1  38
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota..    0-0    0-0    1-2    1  1  2   0   1  0  0  0  0   8
       TEAM................                         2  1  3
       Totals..............   22-56   5-11  10-23  14 20 34  20  59 15 13  4 16 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-30 46.7%   2nd Half:  8-26 30.8%   Game: 39.3%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  2-7  28.6%   Game: 45.5%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-3  33.3%   2nd Half:  9-20 45.0%   Game: 43.5%   5,1
    
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    Officials: Yvette McKinney, June Courteau, Bill Titus
    Technical fouls: Notre Dame-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 7725
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Notre Dame....................   20   28  -   48
    Rutgers.......................   32   27  -   59
    ID-304707
    
    Points in the paint-ND 22,RUTGERS 20. Points off turnovers-ND 12,RUTGERS 22.
    2nd chance points-ND 3,RUTGERS 14. Fast break points-ND 4,RUTGERS 10.
    Bench points-ND 2,RUTGERS 21. Score tied-1 time. Lead changed-1 time.
    Last FG-ND 2nd-00:14, RUTGERS 2nd-00:24.
    
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