PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tallied 21 points, including the final eight points of the game, to lead No. 23/25 Rutgers (16-5, 9-2 BIG EAST ) past Pittsburgh (10-12, 2-9 BIG EAST), 67-53 today at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With RU leading 59-51 with 2:43 remaining, Pondexter took over and outscored the Panthers 8-2 the rest of the game to clinch the 14-point victory. For the game, Pondexter hit eight of 16 (.500) field goals, while adding a team-high seven assists." />
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Pondexter Leads RU Past Pittsburgh, 67-53, for Seventh-Straight Win
  • Posted on February 16, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tallied 21 points, including the final eight points of the game, to lead No. 23/25 Rutgers (16-5, 9-2 BIG EAST ) past Pittsburgh (10-12, 2-9 BIG EAST), 67-53 today at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With RU leading 59-51 with 2:43 remaining, Pondexter took over and outscored the Panthers 8-2 the rest of the game to clinch the 14-point victory. For the game, Pondexter hit eight of 16 (.500) field goals, while adding a team-high seven assists.

    After a competitive first half, RU went into intermission with a 29-24 advantage as Pondexter recorded 11 points in the first 20 minutes of play. Pittsburgh came out strong in the second half and took a 33-32 lead with 17:08 remaining in the contest. Rutgers responded with an 11-0 run over the next 3:57 to take a 43-33 lead. The Panthers couldn’t get any closer than seven the rest of the game.

    In addition to Pondexter, the Scarlet Knights used a balanced scoring attack to take the victory. Senior guard Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) and freshman forward Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) each scored 11 points, while sophomore forward Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) added 10. Campbell pulled down a team-best nine rebounds, while sophomore center Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) had seven rebounds as the Scarlet Knights outrebounded the Panthers, 38-22. RU also shot the ball well, converting 27 of 54 (.500) field-goal attempts, while holding Pitt to 20-of-51 (.392) shooting from the field.

    Rutgers will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at St. John’s. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

    POSTGAME NOTES

    RAC Attack:
    Today’s attendance of 5,197 fans was the largest home attendance for Rutgers during the 2002-2003 season. The attendance also ranks 15th all-time for women’s basketball at the Louis Brown Athletic Center and 11th among regular-season games. The largest home attendance in RU history was 8,587 to see the Scarlet Knights upset then-No. 1 Notre Dame on Feb. 17, 2001.

    Perfect Again:
    The Scarlet Knights maintain their unblemished record at home, holding a 10-0 record this season when playing in the Louis Brown Athletic Center. The Scarlet Knights will wrap up their home-court season with Virginia Tech (Feb. 26) and Boston College (March 4) before hosting the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship (March 8-11).

    Rolling:
    Rutgers extended its current winning streak to seven games with this afternoon’s 67-53 win against Pittsburgh. It is the first seven-game win streak for the Knights since Dec. 8, 1999, through Jan. 12, 2000, which lasted eight games.

    Grandma Hits 100:
    Today was the 100th career game for senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN). In her centennial appearance, Horton collected 11 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Campell’s Cookin’:
    Freshman forward Michelle Campbell (Princeton, NJ) surpassed her season high in rebounds, pulling down nine boards. Her nine rebounds passes her previous best of six, done against West Virginia (Feb. 12). Campbell tied her season best of one assist, which she has done six other times. Her 11 points were her fifth double-digit scoring output, her first since scoring 13 against Syracuse on Jan. 11.

    Rebounding Rebecca:
    Sophomore Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) tied her career best in rebounds with seven this afternoon against Pittsburgh. She had seven caroms earlier in the season against Stanford (Nov. 22, 2002). Richman finished the day with two points, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes off the bench.

    Cappie Does It Again:
    Sophomore guard Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) scored 21 points today against Pittsburgh for her ninth 20-plus scoring effort this season. It also marks the 14th consecutive double-digit output by Pondexter and her 19th this season. She has led the team in scoring 15 times this season and this afternoon, led the team in assists (seven), steals (two) and blocks (one). Pondexter is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 17.5 points per game.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Pittsburgh vs Rutgers
    2/16/03 2:00 p.m. at Louis Brown Ath. Ctr.; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Pittsburgh
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    32 WILLIAMS, DALLAS.... f  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0   7
    50 WITTENMYER, MANDY... f  5-6    0-0    1-1    2  0  2   2  11  1  1  1  0  29
    05 STEWART, BROOKE..... g  1-5    0-4    1-2    0  1  1   0   3  0  0  0  0  16
    22 KUNICH, AMY......... g  3-7    2-3    0-0    0  1  1   3   8  2  5  0  1  30
    42 SELWYN, LAINE....... g  4-11   0-2    6-6    1  5  6   4  14  6  4  0  2  38
    23 ALLEN, JESSICA......    1-4    0-2    0-1    0  3  3   2   2  0  1  0  0  13
    24 MOORE, STACY........    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0  10
    25 EARP, SHAVON........    1-4    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  1  1  0  0  20
    33 HARGUTH, HALEY......    4-10   3-7    0-0    0  1  1   0  11  1  0  0  0  22
    45 KINCAID, LATOYA.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   4
    55 MORRIS, ALLISHA.....    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  0  1  0  11
       TEAM................                         2  5  7
       Totals..............   20-51   5-19   8-10   5 17 22  13  53 12 14  2  3 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-26 38.5%   2nd Half: 10-25 40.0%   Game: 39.2%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-7  14.3%   2nd Half:  4-12 33.3%   Game: 26.3%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  5-6  83.3%   Game: 80.0%    1
    
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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
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle.. f  5-7    0-0    1-2    2  7  9   1  11  1  2  0  0  38
    42 THEODORIS, Mariota.. f  2-5    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   4  0  2  0  1  19
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  8-16   1-5    4-4    1  0  1   1  21  7  5  1  2  39
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... g  4-8    0-0    2-2    0  5  5   5  10  3  4  1  1  29
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  3-7    1-2    1-2    0  2  2   1   8  1  0  0  1  27
    15 HORTON, Mauri.......    4-9    0-4    3-4    2  3  5   3  11  0  0  0  1  25
    22 PETILLON, Amber.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   6
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    1-1    0-0    0-0    2  5  7   0   2  1  2  0  1  17
       TEAM................                         2  2  4             1
       Totals..............   27-54   2-11  11-14  11 27 38  13  67 13 16  2  7 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-24 54.2%   2nd Half: 14-30 46.7%   Game: 50.0%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-5  40.0%   2nd Half:  0-6   0.0%   Game: 18.2%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  1-2  50.0%   2nd Half: 10-12 83.3%   Game: 78.6%    2
    
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    Officials: John Palermo, Janice Alberti, Deborah Allen
    Technical fouls: Pittsburgh-TEAM. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 5197
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Pittsburgh....................   24   29  -   53
    Rutgers.......................   29   38  -   67
    
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