BOSTON, MA – Rutgers rising junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) hit double-figures in scoring for the second straight day as the USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team defeated Australia, 61-56, July 16 in Boston, MA.
Pondexter scored 10 points and added six assists, two rebounds and a pair of steals in the win, playing 30 minutes. Yesterday against Brazil, the USA co-captain collected 11 points and four assists. Pondexter was one of two Americans to reach double-figures in scoring against the Australians, and she has led the team in assists in both games.
The 12-member team is playing a series of “friendly” games at Northeastern University as the U.S. prepares for the FIBA World Championship For Young Women. The U.S. Young Women will play Brazil on July 19 at 1:00 p.m., and the Australians again on July 20 at 3:00 p.m. Following the stateside games, 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 Rutgers 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-BIG EAST 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 Scarlet Knights, led by Pondexter, engineered the most dramatic turnaround in Division I this past season, improving from 9-20 in 2001-2002 to 21-8 and a trip to the 2003 NCAA Tournament’s second round.