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Rutgers Holds Off #19 Villanova 58-57
  • Posted on January 15, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ (January 15, 2002) – Behind an 18-4 run to start the game, the Rutgers women’s basketball team (8-4, 2-1) defeated No. 19/25 Villanova (12-2, 3-1) tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, 58-57. RU is now 6-0 at home this season. It was Rutgers’ first victory over a ranked team since Feb. 17, 2001, a 54-53 win against No. 1/1 Notre Dame at the LBAC. It was the first time Rutgers has defeated a ranked team when being unranked since March 16, 1998; a 62-61 win at #24 Iowa State in NCAA Tournament second round.

    With 42 seconds remaining, Villanova gained its first lead of the game, at 57-56, when Katie Davis hit a three-point field goal. Rutgers regained the lead 17 second later with a lay-up by sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL). Villanova had one last chance to win the game, but time expired before the Wildcats could attempt a shot against the Rutgers pressure defense.

    Pondexter ended the game with 23 points, marking the fourth consecutive game she has tallied at least 20 points in a game. It was the sixth consecutive game that a Rutgers player has scored at least 20 points in a game. Sophomore Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) added 10 points and five rebounds, while senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.

    Rutgers started the game strong, taking its largest lead of the game with 11:28 left in the first half (18-4). Villanova stormed back and cut the lead to three (24-21) with 3:59 left after going on a 17-6 run of its own. The Wildcats were able to get within two at the half, as Rutgers went into the locker room with a 28-26 lead.

    The Wildcats were able to stay close behind their stellar three-point shooting. The team made 12-of-24 (.500) three-point field goals in the game, while RU did not have a single attempt. Trish Juhline led Villanova with a season-high 27, as she made 4-of-5 (.800) from three-point range. The Scarlet Knights were aided by their 14-of-17 (.823) free-throw shooting.

    Rutgers will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 18, at No. 21/20 Notre Dame. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Turn it over
    The Rutgers defense came out strong, holding the Wildcats scoreless until the 15:58 mark. Villanova, who averages 10 turnovers per game, had six in the first half. VU finished with 10 this evening. RU is forcing opponents to turn the ball over 17.3 times per game. The nine turnovers that Rutgers committed were the least amount since giving up eight at Texas Tech on Jan.2.

    The Line
    In the first half, the Scarlet Knights held a perfect free-throw percentage, going 8-for-8 (1.000) from the line. In the second half, the team continued its streak, not missing a free throw until 10:44 in the second half. The team was 6-9 (.667) in the second half and 14-17 (.824) overall.

    On the run
    Matching the strong effort on the offensive end was a 14-2 Scarlet Knight run, going from the start of the game until 12:15 left in the first half.

    Down at the half
    The 28-26 Rutgers halftime lead made it the second time this season that Villanova has gone into the locker room trailing. Villanova has only trailed at the half one other time this season, when they finished the first half 27-25 against UPenn on Dec. 4, 2002. The Wildcats went on to win that game by 11 points, with a final score of 65-54.

    Down, but not out
    The first time that Villanova tied was with six minutes to go in the second half. The Wildcats only led once (57-56 with 42 seconds to play). The lead lasted 17 seconds, until Cappie Pondexter hit a lay-up to make the final score 58-57.

    Cleaning the glass
    The Scarlet Knights outrebounded the Wildcats 30-22; Mauri Horton led the team with six. RU is 7-1 when outrebounding its opponent, averaging 36.3 per game to its opponents’ 30.8.

    The big 2-0
    Cappie Pondexter’s 23 points was her fourth consecutive 20-point game and the sixth consecutive game that Rutgers has had a 20-point scorer. Last time RU had a 20-point scorer in six consecutive games was Jan. 15 – Feb. 2, 1994.

    Absence of Threes
    This is the first time under head coach C. Vivian Stringer that a Scarlet Knights did not attempt a three-point shot in the duration of the game since the 3-point rule started in.

    Upset City
    The last time Rutgers beat a ranked team was Feb. 17, 2001, 54-53 vs. #1/1 Notre Dame at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The last time the Scarlet Knights beat a ranked team while unranked was March 16, 1998; 62-61 at #24 Iowa State in NCAA Tournament second round.

    Marginal victory
    The one point victory (58-57) is the smallest margin that Rutgers has won by this season. Rutgers has won by more than ten in six of its eight wins. The other game under a ten-point margin was a 56-49 win at California on Nov. 24.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Villanova vs Rutgers
    01/15/03 7:30 pm at Louis Brown Ath. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Villanova 12-2, 3-1
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    04 DAVIS, Katie........ f  2-7    1-3    2-2    0  6  6   2   7  3  2  0  0  38
    40 JOHNSON, Jeanine.... f  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  1   5
    52 DRUCKENMILLER, Nicol c  2-4    2-3    0-0    1  0  1   2   6  0  1  0  0  26
    11 JUHLINE, Trish...... g 11-20   4-5    1-1    2  1  3   0  27  4  2  1  0  40
    23 MIX, Courtney....... g  0-4    0-2    2-2    3  1  4   5   2  4  3  1  1  32
    03 McMANUS, Betsy......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   2
    21 REDIGER, Jana.......    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   2   0  0  1  0  1  12
    25 HILGENBERG, Jennifer    0-2    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   0  1  0  0  0  10
    31 DESSART-MAGER, Kate.    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
    33 VIANI, Jenna........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
    42 NASH, Kelly.........    5-11   5-11   0-0    0  0  0   1  15  0  0  0  0  31
       TEAM................                         1  1  2
       Totals..............   20-49  12-24   5-5    9 13 22  16  57 12 10  2  3 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-25 40.0%   2nd Half: 10-24 41.7%   Game: 40.8%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-8  50.0%   2nd Half:  8-16 50.0%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half:  3-3  100 %   Game: 100 %    0
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 8-4, 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
    00 HURNS, Shalicia..... f  1-4    0-0    2-3    1  2  3   1   4  0  1  0  2  34
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... f  4-10   0-0    2-2    0  5  5   2  10  1  2  0  2  37
    15 HORTON, Mauri....... g  4-8    0-0    0-0    3  3  6   2   8  1  1  1  0  40
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g 10-14   0-0    3-4    0  3  3   2  23  2  1  0  0  40
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  3-8    0-0    3-4    2  2  4   2   9  0  1  0  2  35
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   0   0  0  1  0  0   9
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle..    0-0    0-0    4-4    1  0  1   1   4  0  2  1  0   5
       TEAM................                         3  3  6
       Totals..............   22-44   0-0   14-17  10 20 30  10  58  4  9  2  6 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-25 40.0%   2nd Half: 12-19 63.2%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  0-0   0.0%   Game:  0.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  8-8  100 %   2nd Half:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 82.4%    2
    
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    Officials: Mark Zentz, Tom Danaher, Angela Crawford
    Technical fouls: Villanova-None. Rutgers-TEAM.
    Attendance: 2112
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Villanova.....................   26   31  -   57
    Rutgers.......................   28   30  -   58
    Villanova ranked #19 by AP, #25 by ESPN/USA Today
    
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