NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers’ Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year, the conference announced March 7 at its annual pre-tournament awards banquet." />
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Pondexter Named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year
Horton Named to Third Team
  • Posted on March 07, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Rutgers’ Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year, the conference announced March 7 at its annual pre-tournament awards banquet.

    Pondexter also was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while Mauri Horton (Minneapolis, MN) was a third-team selection.

    Pondexter, a sophomore 5-9 guard, averaged 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game during the regular season. A five-time BIG EAST Rookie of the Week, she ranks third in scoring, seventh in assists, sixth in field-goal percentage (.470), ninth in free-throw percentage (.791) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.45). In conference-only games, Pondexter rates third in scoring (18.8 ppg), seventh in assists (4.25 apg), fifth in field-goal percentage (.481), sixth in free-throw percentage (.820) and 13th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.31).

    Pondexter is the second RU player to be named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, following in the footsteps of fellow point guard Tasha Pointer (1998). She also is the fourth Scarlet Knight, and the first rookie, to be named to the All-BIG EAST First Team (Tomora Young 1998; Shawnetta Stewart 1999-2000; Tasha Pointer 1999, 2001). Pondexter’s selection also marked the first time in conference history that a rookie has earned first-team all-BIG EAST honors.

    Horton, a 5-8 senior guard, averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game during the regular season to rank second in both scoring and steals, third in assists and fourth in rebounding for the Scarlet Knights. Horton ranks 11th in three-point field goals made (1.52) and 13th in steals in the BIG EAST, and in conference-only games, she is ninth in steals (1.80 spg).

    Horton and Pondexter are the first pair of Scarlet Knights to earn all-conference honors in the same season since Pointer was named to the first team and Tammy Sutton-Brown was a third-team selection in 2001.

    The No. 18/20 Scarlet Knights (20-6, 13-3 BIG EAST) begin play in the BIG EAST Tournament Sunday, March 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal round. Second-seeded Rutgers will play the winner of the Miami-Syracuse first-round game at RU’s Louis Brown Athletic Center.

    BIG EAST Player of the Year: *Diana Taurasi, Connecticut
    BIG EAST Rookie of the Year: Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers
    BIG EAST Coach of the Year: Geno Auriemma, Connecticut
    BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year: Ashley Battle, Connecticut
    BIG EAST Most Improved Player: Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College
    BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award: Leslie Ardon, Seton Hall
    BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athlete: Alicia Ratay, Notre Dame

    BIG EAST All-First Team

    Rebekkah Brunson, Georgetown
    Becky Gottstein, Boston College
    Trish Juhline, Villanova
    Ieva Kublina, Virginia Tech
    Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers
    *Diana Taurasi, Connecticut

    BIG EAST All-Second Team

    Jacqueline Batteast, Notre Dame
    Katie Davis, Villanova
    Jessalyn Deveny, Boston College
    Tamara James, Miami
    Julie McBride, Syracuse

    BIG EAST All-Third Team

    Kate Bulger, West Virginia
    Mauri Horton, Rutgers
    Shannon Perry, Syracuse
    Laine Selwyn, Pittsburgh
    Ann Strother, Connecticut

    BIG EAST Honorable Mention

    Brianne Stepherson, Boston College
    Amber Jacobs, Boston College
    Courtney Mix, Villanova
    Alicia Ratay, Notre Dame

    BIG EAST All-Rookie Team

    *Tamara James, Miami
    Courtney LaVere, Notre Dame
    Carrie Mason, Virginia Tech
    *Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers
    Ann Strother, Connecticut
    Barbara Turner, Connecticut

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