BOSTON, MA – Rutgers rising junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) scored six points and dished out a team-high six assists as the USA Basketball World Championship for Young Women Team cruised past Australia, 81-57, July 20 in Boston, MA.
Pondexter made 3-of-4 field goal attempts in 17 minutes played. The U.S. co-captain led the Americans in assists in each of its four games and scored in double-figures twice. After jumping out to a 17-14 lead after the first quarter, the Americans pulled away from Australia in the second quarter, using a 21-11 run to take a 38-25 advantage at halftime.
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 finished 4-0 in the “friendly” games, defeating Brazil and Australia twice. 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.