Pondexter, a 5-9 guard, averaged 26.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game in two Rutgers road victories last week, shooting 55.6 (20-36) percent from the field, 58.3 (7-12) percent from three-point range and 71.4 (5-7) percent from the line. She led RU with 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists at St. John's Feb. 19, all while committing just one turnover, for her 14th consecutive double-digit scoring game and her second consecutive game with 20 or more points. Pondexter then scored 31 points on 12-for-19 (.632) shooting from the field and a 57.1 (4-7) percent effort from three-point range at Georgetown Feb. 22, leading RU with six assists and two steals while turning the ball over just once and pulling down seven rebounds. She was the seventh RU rookie to score 30, tying for the third-highest point total ever by a RU first-year player and tying for the 29th-highest scoring total overall by a Scarlet Knight.
This marked the fifth time Pondexter has earned rookie-of-the-week honors this season, also garnering the award on Dec. 16, Jan. 19, Feb. 10 and Feb. 17. She now is tied with Miami’s Tamara James for the most selections this season, and established a new Rutgers record with her fifth award, eclipsing Tasha Pointer’s four selections during the 1997-98 season. Her three consecutive nods ties the BIG EAST record, shared by Seton Hall’s Debbie Hartnett (1985-86), Connecticut’s Svetlana Abrosimova (1997-98), Notre Dame’s Ruth Riley (1997-98), Notre Dame’s Alicia Ratay (1999-2000), Georgetown’s Rebekkah Brunson (2000-2001) and Notre Dame’s Jacqueline Batteast (2001-2002). The overall record for rookie-of-the-week awards is held by Connecticut’s Rebecca Lobo, who received the honor seven times during the 1991-92 season.
The No. 22/23 Scarlet Knights (18-5, 11-2 BIG EAST) can secure a top-four seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament with a win against Virginia Tech Wednesday, Feb. 26. Tipoff at the Louis Brown Athletic Center is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.