PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named an honorable-mention All-American by the Associated Press, the group has announced.
Pondexter, a 5-9 guard, led RU with 18.3 points and 4.9 assists per game during her rookie campaign, adding 5.1 rebounds per contest to rank second for the Scarlet Knights. The 2003 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, she also was the first rookie in conference history to earn a spot on the All-First Team. One of 12 finalists for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which honors the top point guard in Division I women’s basketball, Pondexter scored in double-digits in 27 of Rutgers’ 29 games, scoring 20 or more on 14 occasions and 30 or more twice. A member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team, she helped Rutgers engineer the most dramatic turnaround in Division I, improving from 9-20 (.310) during the 2001-2002 season to 21-8 (.724) this season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Pondexter is the first Scarlet Knight to be named to the Associated Press All-America Team since Tasha Pointer was an honorable-mention selection in 2001.
RU will host its annual Women’s Basketball Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet Sunday, April 13, in New Brunswick. For more information, please contact the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Office at (732) 445-4251.
2003 Associated Press All-America Teams
Alana Beard, Duke, 5-11, Jr.
Diana Taurasi, Connecticut, 6-0, Jr.
LaToya Thomas, Mississippi St., 6-2, Sr.
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State, 6-4, Jr.
Kelly Mazzante, Penn State, 6-0, Jr.
Chantelle Anderson, Vanderbilt, 6-6, Sr.
Jocelyn Penn, South Carolina, 6-0, Sr.
Kara Lawson, Tennessee, 5-8, Sr.
Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota, 5-8, Jr.
Nicole Powell, Stanford, 6-2, Jr.
Stacy Stephens, Texas, 6-1, Jr.
Shereka Wright, Purdue, 5-10, Jr.
Kendra Wecker, Kansas State, 5-11, So.
Plenette Pierson, Texas Tech, 6-2, Sr.
Seimone Augustus, LSU, 6-1, Fr.
Honorable Mention: Jenni Benningfield, Vanderbilt; Jennifer Butler, Massachusetts; Coretta Brown, North Carolina; Molly Creamer, Bucknell, Allison Curtin, Tulsa; Cheryl Ford, Louisiana Tech; Vanessa Hayden, Florida; Gwen Jackson, Tennessee; Tamara James, Miami, Fla.; Temeka Johnson, LSU; Chandi Jones, Houston; Trish Juhline, Villanova; Giuliana Mendiola, Washington, Jia Perkins, Texas Tech; Shawntinice Polk, Arizona; Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers; Lindsay Taylor, UC Santa Barbara; Iciss Tillis, Duke; Tan White, Mississippi State; Tanisha Wright, Penn State.