PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s basketball team (13-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Miami (13-7, 5-4 BIG EAST) tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights trailed by 12 points (41-29) with 15:22 left, but went on a 22-4 run over the next 7:03 to gain a 51-50 lead with 8:19 remaining. Rutgers outscored Miami 36-15 over the final 15 minutes, as sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half. " />
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Rutgers Rallies to Defeat Miami 65-56
  • Posted on February 04, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - The Rutgers women’s basketball team (13-5, 6-2 BIG EAST) overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Miami (13-7, 5-4 BIG EAST) tonight at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights trailed by 12 points (41-29) with 15:22 left, but went on a 22-4 run over the next 7:03 to gain a 51-50 lead with 8:19 remaining. Rutgers outscored Miami 36-15 over the final 15 minutes, as sophomore point guard Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half.

    Pondexter’s 21 points led the team and she also contributed six rebounds and seven assists. One of the keys to the victory was the play of sophomore forward Mariota Theodoris (Riviera Beach, FL), as she came off the bench to record a season-high nine points and tie her career high with eight rebounds. She also hit some clutch free throws in the second half, going 5-of-6 (.833) from the line.

    Rutgers led just once in the first half, trailing by as many as nine before Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) hit a jumper to cut the lead to 32-25 at the half. Miami came out strong in the second half and built the lead to 12, the biggest lead of the game, before Rutgers mounted their comeback.

    Horton finished the game with seven points, while junior Dawn McCullouch (Long Beach, CA) added 11 points and three rebounds. Shalicia Hurns (Indianapolis, IN) pulled down 11 rebounds and added eight points.

    The Scarlet Knights will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Seton Hall. The game is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Down at the Half:
    The seven-point halftime deficit (32-25) Rutgers faced this evening was the largest the Scarlet Knights have seen on their home court this season. The seven points also marked the fourth-largest halftime deficit faced by Rutgers this season. The most RU has been down by at the break during the 2002-03 season was 13 points at Texas Tech (Jan. 2, 2003).

    Comeback Kids:
    Miami led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but RU came back, taking its largest lead at the close of the game. Rutgers took its first lead of the second half on a layup by Dawn McCullouch at 8:19, making the score 51-50 in favor of the Knights. A free throw by Miami’s Meghan Saake tied the game at 51-51, but a jumper by Cappie Pondexter at the 6:57 mark gave RU the lead for good, 53-51. Rutgers went on to finish with its largest lead of the night, the nine-point margin of victory (65-56).

    A Night for Mariota:
    Sophomore Mariota Theodoris had her best game of the season tonight. She eclipsed her free-throw shooting mark, going 5-of-6 (.833) from the line. Her eight rebounds tied her career high, which she achieved six times last season. Incidentally, the last time she pulled down eight boards was against Miami on Jan. 26, 2002.
    The nine points she scored this evening were a season best and one point shy of tying her career high of 10 from St. John’s Jan. 30, 2002.

    Cappie’s 20:
    For the seventh time this season, sophomore Cappie Pondexter passed the 20-point mark, scoring 21 tonight against the Hurricanes. It also marked the 10th consecutive game that she has scored in double-digits and her second consecutive 20-point outing. Even more impressive, Pondexter only had two points at halftime, shooting 6-of-10 (.600) from the field and 6-of-7 (.857) from the line in the second half to score 19 points. Pondexter also contributed a team-high seven assists and three steals.

    Hurns Pulls it Down:
    For the fourth consecutive game, junior Shalicia Hurns led the team in rebounding, pulling down 11 rebounds against Miami. Hurns leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.2 rebounds. This season, 35 of her 62 rebounds (.565) have been offensive, including seven this evening. The 11 rebounds also ties her season high, which she pulled down in her debut at Texas Tech (Jan. 2) and again against St. John’s (Jan. 25).

    Horton for Three:
    With her one three-point field goal made, senior Mauri Horton took sole possession of fourth place on the Rutgers career three-point field goals made list with 101. Coming into tonight’s game, she was tied with Liz Hanson (1992-96) and is now in pursuit of third place, held by former teammate Shawnetta Stewart (1997-2000) with 144.

    Hold Them Down:
    Rutgers continues to dominate its opponents on defense. In 10 of its 13 victories, Rutgers has held its opponents to less than 60 points, including tonight’s 56 points scored by Miami. In RU’s 13 victories, its opponents averaged only 53.1 points per game. At home, the Scarlet Knights are 8-0 this season and when playing in the Louis Brown Athletic Center, Rutgers’ opponents only average 49.4 points per game, while Rutgers scores an average of 70.8 points at home.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Miami, FL vs Rutgers
    02/04/03 7:30 pm at Louis Brown Athletic Center
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    VISITORS: Miami, FL
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    23 WILKINS, Shaquana... f  1-3    0-0    2-2    3  5  8   3   4  1  4  1  1  30
    53 BROUSSARD, Chanivia. f  1-5    0-1    3-4    0  0  0   5   5  0  3  0  2  24
    02 JAMES, Tamara....... g  4-9    0-1    6-8    1  6  7   5  14  2  2  0  0  32
    10 McCORMICK, Yalonda.. g  8-18   1-4    3-5    0  1  1   3  20  2  6  0  3  40
    25 SAAKE, Meghan....... g  2-8    0-2    2-4    3  4  7   2   6  3  1  1  1  37
    01 MARINCIC, Tatjana...    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  1   6
    03 KNIGHT, Melissa.....    3-7    0-2    1-2    1  3  4   4   7  1  3  1  1  26
    34 HARTLAUB, Alicia....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
       TEAM................                         3  4  7
       Totals..............   19-51   1-11  17-25  11 23 34  23  56  9 19  3  9 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-29 41.4%   2nd Half:  7-22 31.8%   Game: 37.3%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  0-6   0.0%   2nd Half:  1-5  20.0%   Game:  9.1%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  8-10 80.0%   2nd Half:  9-15 60.0%   Game: 68.0%    3
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers
                              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  3-8    0-0    2-5    7  4 11   3   8  2  2  1  1  38
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle.. f  3-8    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   4   7  0  1  0  1  22
    15 HORTON, Mauri....... g  3-9    1-2    0-0    2  1  3   4   7  0  4  0  2  21
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  7-16   1-5    6-7    0  6  6   2  21  7  5  1  3  35
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... g  0-6    0-2    2-3    4  3  7   3   2  3  3  1  2  30
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn....    5-13   0-4    1-2    0  3  3   2  11  1  2  0  2  35
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota..    2-4    0-0    5-6    5  3  8   2   9  0  0  1  0  17
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
       TEAM................                         4  2  6
       Totals..............   23-64   2-13  17-25  24 25 49  20  65 13 18  4 11 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-29 34.5%   2nd Half: 13-35 37.1%   Game: 35.9%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 15.4%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  4-8  50.0%   2nd Half: 13-17 76.5%   Game: 68.0%   2,1
    
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    Officials: June Courteau, Nan Sisk, Tom Danaher
    Technical fouls: Miami, FL-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 2210
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Miami, FL.....................   32   24  -   56
    Rutgers.......................   25   40  -   65
    
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