PISCATAWAY, NJ - After being down by seven at halftime, the No. 18/20 Rutgers women’s basketball team (20-6, 13-3 BIG EAST) fought back but came up short, falling to No. 24/23 Boston College (20-7, 12-4 BIG EAST), 72-71, in its final regular season game on Tuesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights end their season-high 11-game winning streak that began Jan. 25 against St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights will enter this weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament with the No. 2 seed. " />
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Boston College Halts RU Women's Win Streak, 72-71
  • Posted on March 04, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ - After being down by seven at halftime, the No. 18/20 Rutgers women’s basketball team (20-6, 13-3 BIG EAST) fought back but came up short, falling to No. 24/23 Boston College (20-7, 12-4 BIG EAST), 72-71, in its final regular season game on Tuesday night at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights end their season-high 11-game winning streak that began Jan. 25 against St. John’s. The Scarlet Knights will enter this weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament with the No. 2 seed.

    Rutgers outscored Boston College 20-13 through the first 10 minutes of the second half to knot the score at 53-53 on a Chelsea Newton (Monroe, LA) three-pointer midway through the second period. The two schools traded baskets throughout the rest of the half, with neither school leading by more than four points.

    With RU down by two points (68-66) with less than a minute remaining, senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) missed a three-point shot that would have given the Scarlet Knights the lead. Horton, the team’s lone senior, tallied a game-high 18 points on Senior Night.

    Following Horton’s failed three-point attempt, Rutgers was forced to foul and BC’s Becky Goldstein connected on two free throws to bring the Eagles’ lead to four with 21 seconds remaining. The see-saw battle continued with the teams trading baskets as RU sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) and Boston College’s Amber Jacobs each scoring, keeping the Boston College up four points, 72-68, with eight seconds left on the clock.

    Pondexter, who scored 17 points in the game, including nine in the final three minutes, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to record the final 72-71 margin.

    Freshman Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) registered career highs in points (eight) and rebounds (nine), while junior Dawn McCullouch (Long Beach, CA) added 11 points and five rebounds for the Scarlet Knights in the loss.

    Boston College opened the game hitting its first seven shots on its way to a 40-33 edge at the break. For the game, the Eagles hit 26 of 39 (.667) field goals.

    The Scarlet Knights will be back in action at the 2003 BIG EAST Championship, held at the Louis Brown Athletic Center starting this weekend. RU will play on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal round against the winner of Miami and Syracuse first-round game

    POSTGAME NOTES

    BIG EAST Tournament:
    Rutgers, the No. 2 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament, will face the winner of the No. 7 Miami-No. 10 Syracuse first-round match-up on Sunday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals

    Tonight’s Attendance:
    The RU faithful set another attendance mark, as 3,611 Scarlet Knight fans came out for the final home game of the season. The second-highest home attendance of 2002-03, tonight’s mark is 42nd on the Louis Brown Athletic Center attendance chart. RU’s highest attendance of the season was 5,197 against Pittsburgh Feb. 16, the 15th-highest attendance in RU women’s basketball history.

    Goodbye Grandma:
    Rutgers senior Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) played her final regular-season game this evening. She finished the night with a team-high 18 points, handing out three assists. It was the 37th double-digit scoring effort of her career, the 18th of the season, and it was the fifth time she led the team in scoring this season.

    Rebounding Rebecca:
    RU sophomore Rebecca Richman (Bronx, NY) set new career highs as she led the Scarlet Knights with nine rebounds and contributed eight points, two blocked shots and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench. She surpassed her previous career highs in points (six), rebounds (seven, twice) and minutes (18), while tying her season steals (two) and blocking (two, twice) marks.

    Official Basketball Box Score
    Boston College vs Rutgers
    03/04/03 7:30 pm at Louis Brown Ath. Center; Piscataway, NJ
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    VISITORS: Boston College 20-7, 12-4
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    15 DROESCH, Clare...... f  6-7    5-6    0-0    0  3  3   4  17  4  3  0  1  26
    54 GOTTSTEIN, Becky.... f  6-9    0-0    4-6    2  4  6   2  16  2  4  0  0  32
    50 MACKIE, Kim......... c  0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  1  0  0  17
    11 STEPHERSON, Brianne. g  4-6    0-0    2-2    0  2  2   4  10  5  2  0  0  21
    23 JACOBS, Amber....... g  3-4    2-2    4-4    0  0  0   3  12  5  2  0  0  35
    00 DEVENY, Jessalyn....    4-6    1-2    0-1    0  2  2   0   9  2  3  1  0  30
    20 PARHAM, Aja.........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   0   0  0  0  1  0   4
    25 LEAHY, Maureen......    2-3    0-0    2-3    0  3  3   3   6  0  1  0  1  25
    34 SHIELDS, Alicia.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
    35 SPEARS, Adriana.....    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  1  0  0  0   8
       TEAM................                         1  2  3
       Totals..............   26-39   8-10  12-16   4 18 22  17  72 20 17  2  2 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-24 66.7%   2nd Half: 10-15 66.7%   Game: 66.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-8  75.0%   2nd Half:  2-2  100 %   Game: 80.0%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half: 10-13 76.9%   Game: 75.0%   1,1
    
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    HOME TEAM: Rutgers 20-6, 13-3
                              TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
    ## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
    32 NEWTON, Chelsea..... f  3-4    1-2    0-0    0  2  2   3   7  5  0  0  2  21
    34 CAMPBELL, Michelle.. f  1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   2  0  1  0  0  22
    15 HORTON, Mauri....... g  7-17   2-7    2-5    0  1  1   2  18  3  3  0  0  40
    25 PONDEXTER, Cappie... g  7-15   1-3    2-2    0  0  0   4  17  3  3  0  2  23
    35 McCULLOUCH, Dawn.... g  4-8    0-1    3-3    3  2  5   0  11  0  1  0  0  33
    00 HURNS, Shalicia.....    4-6    0-0    0-0    3  2  5   5   8  0  0  0  1  29
    03 LOCKE, Courtney.....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   5
    22 PETILLON, Amber.....    0-2    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  0  0  0  0   6
    55 RICHMAN, Rebecca....    2-6    0-0    4-6    6  3  9   2   8  0  2  2  2  21
       TEAM................                         3  1  4             1
       Totals..............   28-60   4-14  11-16  15 12 27  18  71 12 11  2  7 200
    
    TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-31 41.9%   2nd Half: 15-29 51.7%   Game: 46.7%  DEADB
    3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-8  25.0%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
    F Throw % 1st Half:  5-8  62.5%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 68.8%    3
    
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    Officials: Dee Kantner, Dennis DeMayo, Tom Danaher
    Technical fouls: Boston College-None. Rutgers-None.
    Attendance: 3611
    Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
    Boston College................   40   32  -   72
    Rutgers.......................   33   38  -   71
    
    Points in the paint-BC 24,RU 36. Points off turnovers-BC 11,RU 25.
    2nd chance points-BC 4,RU 12. Fast break points-BC 6,RU 8.
    Bench points-BC 17,RU 16. Score tied-11 times. Lead changes-11 times.
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