COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Rutgers sophomore All-American Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) will spend her fourth straight summer representing her country in international competition, earning a spot on the 2003 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team.
Pondexter earned one of the 12 roster spots after taking part in the USA Basketball Trials May 22-25 in Colorado Springs, CO. She was one of 58 athletes to take part in the Trials, which also was used to select the 12-member USA Pan American Games squad. The USA Young Women’s National Team, which is comprised of 12 women 21 years old and younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 1982), will compete at the FIBA World Championship For Young Women July 25 – Aug. 3 in Sibenik, Croatia.
Pondexter, a 5-9 guard, will be spending her fourth consecutive summer with the USA Basketball program. As a co-captain and the team’s starting point guard, Pondexter helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal at the 2002 World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Tournament in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. She led the tournament with 6.5 assists per game, adding 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest. She won a bronze medal as a member of the 2001 U.S. Junior National Team which competed at the FIBA World Junior Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. Following her junior season at John Marshall High School, Pondexter was named to the 2000 U.S. Junior World Championship Qualifying Team, helping the Americans win a gold medal in Mardelplata, Argentina.
Pondexter 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 also was a member of the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
The USA Young Women National Team will train July 7-24 in Colorado Springs, New York and Boston before competing at the World Championship.
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 USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team Roster
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB YOG School/ Hometown
Seimone Augustus F 6-1 160 04/30/84 2006 Louisiana State / Baton Rouge, LA
Alana Beard G 5-11 156 05/14/82 2004 Duke / Shreveport, LA
Ebony Hoffman F 6-2 200 08/27/82 2004 Southern California / Harbor City, CA
Kristen Mann G/F 6-2 185 08/10/83 2005 UC Santa Barbara / Santa Ana, CA
Caity Matter G 5-8 165 08/22/82 2005 Ohio State / Bluffton, OH
Nicole Ohlde C 6-4 175 03/13/82 2004 Kansas State / Clay Center, KS
Shawntinice Polk C 6-5 225 03/27/83 2006 Arizona / Hanford, CA
Cappie Pondexter G 5-9 153 01/07/83 2005 Rutgers / Chicago, IL
Christi Thomas F/C 6-5 185 08/14/82 2004 Georgia / Buford, GA
Kendra Wecker F 5-11 160 12/16/82 2005 Kansas State / Marysville, KS
Lindsay Whalen G 5-8 145 05/09/82 2004 Minnesota / Hutchinson, MN
Tanisha Wright G 5-11 160 11/29/83 2005 Penn State / West Mifflin, PA