PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers sophomore Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named to the Womenscollegehoops.com All-America Second Team, 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. An honorable-mention Associated Press All-American as well as 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.
Rutgers finished the 2002-2003 season with a 21-8 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference to finish second in the regular-season standings. The Scarlet Knights appeared in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years, advancing to the second round.
2003 Womenscolleghoops.com All-America Teams
Alana Beard, Jr., Duke
Diana Taurasi, Jr., Connecticut
LaToya Thomas, Sr., Mississippi State
Kendra Wecker, So., Kansas State
Lindsay Whalen, Jr., Minnesota
Chantelle Anderson, Sr., Vanderbilt
Kara Lawson, Sr., Tennessee
Kelly Mazzante, Jr., Penn State
Cappie Pondexter, So., Rutgers
Nicole Powell, Jr., Stanford