PISCATAWAY, NJ - Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tallied a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 23/25 Rutgers (15-5, 8-2 BIG EAST) built an early lead and held on to defeat West Virginia (12-9, 1-9 BIG EAST), 65-50, in BIG EAST women’s basketball action Wednesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. " />
Welcome to ScarletKnights.com
    • iPad/iPhone App
    • Find us on Facebook
    • Twitter
    • RSS Feed
    • Get Text Alerts
Rutgers Rolls Past West Virginia, 65-50, for Sixth-Straight Win
  • Posted on February 12, 2003 12:00:00 AM
  • Increase Font SizeDecrease Font Size
  • RSS Feed
  • Subscribe
  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tallied a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds as No. 23/25 Rutgers (15-5, 8-2 BIG EAST) built an early lead and held on to defeat West Virginia (12-9, 1-9 BIG EAST), 65-50, in BIG EAST women’s basketball action Wednesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    Pondexter was one of three Scarlet Knights in double figures as senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) scored 14 points while sophomore Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) added 10.

    Sophomore Mariota Theodoris (Riviera Beach, FL), seeing her first start of the season, scored six of her nine points in the first half as Rutgers built a 33-18 halftime edge. Theodoris, who also pulled down eight rebounds in the game, registered four points during an 8-0 Scarlet Knight run ending at the 12:57 mark of the first half.

    Rutgers opened the second half on an 11-3 spurt to build a 23-point lead, its largest of the game with 15:29 to go in the second half. Newton scored six points during the run.

    With the win, RU improved its grasp of second place in the BIG EAST, leading Villanova (8-3) by a half game. The Scarlet Knights, who won their sixth consecutive game, is a perfect 9-0 at home this season.

    The Scarlet Knights return to action on Sunday, Feb. 16, welcoming Pittsburgh to the Louis Brown Athletic Center at 2 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    Rock the RAC:
    The Scarlet Knights continue their home win streak, advancing to 9-0 at home in the Louis Brown Athletic Center. When playing at home, the Knights average 70.1 points, including five games with 70 or more points scored. In addition, Rutgers’ opponents are averaging 53.9 points per game in the RAC through nine games.

    Merry Mariota:
    Sophomore forward Mariota Theodoris (Riviera Beach, FL) made her first start of the season this evening, the fourth of her career. In tonight’s game, she scored nine points, tied her career high of eight rebounds and had one blocked shot. Theodoris has been a productive addition to the lineup as of late, averaging 9.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots through the last three games.

    Birthday Girl:
    Tonight, senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) celebrated her birthday a day late, scoring 14 points on 6-of-10 (.600) shooting. Horton tied her career high of two blocked shots against WVU, while also contributing four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Cap-italize:
    Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) led the team in scoring for the 14th time this season, her sixth consecutive. Averaging 17.3 points per game, Pondexter has had 18 double-digit scoring games and eight 20+ points. Aside from leading the team in scoring, Pondexter also led the team in assists (three) and tied for the team high with eight rebounds.

    WEST VIRGINIA (50)
    
                              fg    ft    rb             
                       min   m-a   m-a   o-t   a  pf   tp
    M Carter            34   3-6   4-6   2-7   0   4   10
    L Williams          24   0-2   3-4   3-8   0   4    3
    Y Paige             34   2-7   0-0   0-0   3   2    4
    S Sowho             28  3-12   1-2   2-4   0   1    8
    K Bulger            36   4-8   6-7   0-3   1   4   16
    A Dunn               5   0-0   0-0   0-0   2   0    0
    L Holbrook           2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0    0
    E White             23   1-2   0-0   2-3   0   3    2
    J Dunlap            14   3-5   1-2   0-1   1   2    7
      
    _____________________________________________________
    TOTALS             200 16-42 15-21  9-26   7  20   50
    _____________________________________________________
    
    Percentages: FG-.381, FT-.714. 3-Point Goals:
    3-11, .273 (Y Paige 0-1, S Sowho 1-7, K 
    Bulger 2-3). Team Rebounds: 2. Blocked Shots:
    2 (K Bulger, S Sowho). Turnovers: 14 (Y Paige
    5, E White 3, M Carter 3, K Bulger, S Sowho, 
    L Holbrook). Steals: 5 (K Bulger, Y Paige, S 
    Sowho, L Williams, A Dunn).
    
    RUTGERS (65)
    
                              fg    ft    rb             
                       min   m-a   m-a   o-t   a  pf   tp
    M Campbell          33   0-1   6-6   4-6   1   3    6
    M Theodoris         30   4-8   1-3   3-8   1   2    9
    M Horton            34  6-10   1-2   1-4   2   2   14
    C Pondexter         38  7-16   3-4   1-8   3   2   18
    C Newton            30   4-8   2-4   1-2   2   3   10
    C Locke              2   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   0    0
    A Petillon           8   1-1   1-2   1-2   0   2    3
    D McCullouch        16   1-5   3-4   1-1   0   0    5
    R Richman            9   0-0   0-0   0-0   0   1    0
      
    _____________________________________________________
    TOTALS             200 23-49 17-25 12-31   9  15   65
    _____________________________________________________
    
    Percentages: FG-.469, FT-.680. 3-Point Goals:
    2-8, .250 (M Horton 1-4, C Pondexter 1-3, D 
    McCullouch 0-1). Team Rebounds: 0. Blocked 
    Shots: 4 (M Horton 2, R Richman, M 
    Theodoris). Turnovers: 11 (C Pondexter 4, M 
    Campbell 2, M Horton, R Richman, C Locke, M 
    Theodoris, D McCullouch). Steals: 7 (M Horton
    2, C Pondexter 2, R Richman, M Theodoris, C 
    Locke).
    
    
    -----------------------------------
    WEST VIRGINIA        18  32   -  50
    RUTGERS              33  32   -  65
    ----------------------------------- 
    
    Next Game
    There are no online events today.
     
    Rutgers Ticket Office
    RutgersShop.com
    Rutgers Auctions
    AT&T Text Alerts
    Fan I Am
    New Jersey Audi Dealers
    Join the Jr. Knights Club
    Ask Tom Luicci



    • Acme Nissan








    • Rutgers Center of Management Development
    • NJ National Guard
    • University Pain Medicine Center
    • Millers Rental
    BIG EAST Conference