PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (7-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) notched its first conference win of the season today at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, defeating Syracuse (5-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) 75-55. The Scarlet Knights shot 28-of-56 (.500) from the field and held the Orangewomen to 16-of-41 (.390) shooting. " />
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Rutgers Rolls Past Syracuse in BIG EAST Home Opener 75-55
  • Posted on January 11, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers women’s basketball team (7-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) notched its first conference win of the season today at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, defeating Syracuse (5-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) 75-55. The Scarlet Knights shot 28-of-56 (.500) from the field and held the Orangewomen to 16-of-41 (.390) shooting.

    Rutgers sealed the victory with a strong second half, outscoring the Orangewomen 41-25 after leading at halftime, 34-30. The Scarlet Knights held Syracuse scoreless for the first 3:49 of the second half to take a 40-32 lead. Syracuse would not get closer than five points (42-37) the rest of the way.

    Sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) had 20 points to lead the Scarlet Knights, marking the third consecutive game she has recorded at least 20 points in a game. She shot 8-of-14 (.571) from the field and 3-of-5 (.600) from three-point range and had a team-high five assists, while adding five rebounds and three steals. Sophomore forward Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) recorded 14 points on 7-of-10 (.700) shooting, while freshman Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) came off the bench to score 13 points in 19 minutes. Senior guard Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) also had a double-digit point total with 10. She also led the team with nine rebounds and five steals.

    The Scarlet Knights will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, with a home game against No. 22 Villanova. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Hurns at Home –
    Junior Shalicia Hurns made her Louis Brown Athletic Center debut this afternoon. Today, Hurns contributed seven points and five rebounds, shooting 3-of-6 (.500) from the floor and 1-for-3 (.333) from the line.

    Locke It Up –
    Freshman Courtney Locke saw major minutes this afternoon. In 18 minutes in the first half, Locke came off the bench and dished out two assists. During the second half, she returned to the floor, making three assists in five minutes. Her five assists surpasses her previous season best of three at Harvard (12/21) and her 23 minutes of play also pass her season high of 19 against the Crimson.

    Cappie Leads the Way –
    Sophomore Cappie Pondexter led the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, including the previous two games, scoring 29 points at Texas Tech (1/2) and 23 at UConn (1/8). Her 20 points today marked her fourth 20-plus scoring game of the season (22 vs. Wagner), her third consecutive.

    Campbell from the Line –
    Freshman Michelle Campbell set new season highs at the line, hitting seven of her 10 free throws. Prior to this afternoon’s game, her .818 (18-22) free-throw percentage was a team best. On the season, Campbell is now 25 of 32 (.781) from the line.
    With a total of 13 points this afternoon, Campbell earned her fourth double-digit outing of the season, one point shy of surpassing her personal best of 14 against Northwestern (12/1).

    Double-Digit Wins –
    The 75-55 victory over Syracuse marks the sixth of Rutgers’ seven wins this season by double-digits. The 20-point margin is the largest since Dec. 21, when RU defeated Harvard by 39 points, 79-40. It also is the third time this season Rutgers has beaten an opponent by 20 or more points.
    RU’s Double-Digit Wins -
    vs. Wagner 70-41 (29) – Nov. 30
    vs. Northwestern 62-50 (12) – Dec. 1
    at Temple 52-42 (10) – Dec. 10
    vs. Harvard 79-40 (39) – Dec. 21
    vs. George Washington 87-72 (15) – Dec. 29

    BIG Win -
    The 20-point margin of this afternoon’s game also marks the largest BIG EAST win for Rutgers since defeating Providence (97-68) by 29 points at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on Feb. 10, 2001.

    Perfection –
    Rutgers maintains its winning streak, moving to 6-0 when playing before 5 p.m. The Scarlet Knights also are a perfect 5-0 when playing in the RAC, averaging 74.6 points on their home court.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Syracuse vs Rutgers
    01/11/03 2:00 pm at Louis Brown Ath. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Syracuse 5-9, 0-3
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    33 JEAN, April......... f  5-14   1-2    4-4    5  2  7   3  15  1  4  2  0  40
    42 DIOP, Awa........... f  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  2  0  0  15
    02 PERRY, Shannon...... g  1-4    0-0    6-8    0  3  3   4   8  4  5  0  2  36
    13 McBRIDE, Julie...... g  5-9    3-6    3-3    1  1  2   3  16  3  2  0  1  36
    22 COLEMAN, Rochelle... g  3-7    3-7    0-0    0  4  4   3   9  2  3  0  2  38
    03 ELLERBE, Krystalyn..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  0  1  0  0  10
    23 JACKSON, Tierra.....    2-6    0-0    3-4    2  1  3   3   7  0  1  2  0  23
    32 NORTON, Jill........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   0  0  0  0  0   2
       TEAM................                            2  2
       Totals..............   16-41   7-15  16-19   8 15 23  19  55 10 18  4  5 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-17 52.9%   2nd Half:  7-24 29.2%   Game: 39.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-7  71.4%   2nd Half:  2-8  25.0%   Game: 46.7%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  7-9  77.8%   2nd Half:  9-10 90.0%   Game: 84.2%    2
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 7-4, 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
    00 HURNS, Shalicia..... f  3-6    0-0    1-3    3  2  5   1   7  0  1  1  1  28
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... f  7-10   0-1    0-0    0  2  2   4  14  1  1  0  1  17
    15 HORTON, Mauri....... g  2-9    1-4    5-5    5  4  9   2  10  4  3  0  5  35
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  8-14   3-5    1-1    0  5  5   2  20  5  3  0  3  39
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  4-8    1-4    0-0    0  2  2   3   9  3  2  0  0  33
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  1  1   3   0  5  1  0  0  23
    22 PETILLON, Amber.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  1  0  0  0   2
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle..    3-5    0-0    7-10   4  1  5   2  13  1  1  0  1  19
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota..    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  0   1
    52 CAHOE, Aquisha......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   3
       TEAM................                         3  1  4
       Totals..............   28-56   5-16  14-19  15 18 33  18  75 20 12  1 11 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-29 37.9%   2nd Half: 17-27 63.0%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  2-5  40.0%   Game: 31.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  9-10 90.0%   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 73.7%    3
    
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    Officials: Lisa Mattingly, Wesley Ban, Norma Jones
    Technical fouls: Syracuse-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 2642
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Syracuse......................   30   25  -   55
    Rutgers.......................   34   41  -   75
    
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