PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers rising junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) will train in New York and Boston July 12-20 with the USA Basketball program as the Americans prepare for the FIBA World Championship for Young Women.
The 12-member team currently is practicing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, through July 11. The team will then travel east, practicing three times at the New York Athletic Club July 12-13. The Americans will make their final training stop in Boston, playing several friendly games at Northeastern University. The U.S. Young Women will play Brazil July 15 and July 19 at 1:00 p.m., and the Australians July 16 at 1:00 p.m. and July 20 at 3:00 p.m. In addition, Pondexter and her teammates will scrimmage against the U.S. Pan-American Games Team July 18 at the Reebok Campus at 1:00 p.m. All practice sessions are open to the media, and the games in Boston are open to the public.
Following the stateside practice sessions, the U.S. will head to Sibenik, Croatia, to train July 22-24 before beginning the World Championship for Young Women July 25 against France. The tournament runs through Aug. 3.
Pondexter, a 5-9 guard, is spending her fourth consecutive summer as a member of the USA Basketball squad. 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 and Kodak/WBCA 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.
Rutgers engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this year, improving from 9-20 in 2001-2002 to 21-8 and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s second round.