PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers rising junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named one of 30 candidates for the first-ever John R. Wooden Women’s Award, the group has announced." />
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Pondexter Named Wooden Candidate
  • Posted on August 13, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers rising junior Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) has been named one of 30 candidates for the first-ever John R. Wooden Women’s Award, the group has announced.

    Returning players were eligible for the 30-member Wooden Preseason All-America Team, although freshmen, transfers and other players could be considered as the season progresses. The group will name a Midseason Top 20 Team in January, followed in March by the official voting ballot of 10-15 names. A five-member All-America Team, as well as the winner of the inaugural Wooden Women’s Award, given to the nation’s best female collegiate player, will be announced at the end of the season.

    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. Earlier this month she helped lead the United States to a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship for Young Women in Sibenik, Croatia. One of the team’s co-captains as well as the starting point guard this summer, Pondexter has spent the last four summers playing with the 21-and-under U.S. team.

    Applied Materials is the presenting sponsor for both the men’s and women’s Wooden Awards. Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his/her university that he/she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a cumulative 2.0 GPA.

    Rutgers 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.

    Wooden Women’s Award Preseason All-America Team – Top 30 Candidates
    Seimone Augustus 6’1” So. G LSU
    Jacqueline Batteast 6’2” Jr. F Notre Dame
    Alana Beard 5’11” Jr. G/F Duke
    Jenni Benningfield 6’3” Jr. F Vanderbilt
    Tera Bjorklund 6’5” Jr. C Colorado
    Rebekkah Brunson 6’3” Sr. F Georgetown
    Shameka Christon 6’1” Sr. F Arkansas
    Shyra Ely 6’2” Jr. F Tennessee
    Ebony Hoffman 6’2” Sr. F/C USC
    Chandi Jones 5’10” Sr. F/G Houston
    Kelly Mazzante 6’0” Sr. G Penn State
    Giuliana Mediola 5’11” Jr. G Washington
    Loree Moore 5’9” Jr. G Tennessee
    Nicole Ohlde 6’4” Sr. F/C Kansas State
    Jia Perkins 5’8” Sr. G Texas Tech
    Shawntinice Polk 6’5” So. C Arizona
    Cappie Pondexter 5’9” Jr. G Rutgers
    Nicole Powell 6’2” Sr. F Stanford
    Heather Schreiber 6’2” Jr. F/G Texas
    Stacy Stephens 6’1” Sr. F Texas
    Ann Strother 6’2” So. G Connecticut
    Diana Taurasi 6’0” Sr. G/F Connecticut
    Lindsay Taylor 6’8” Sr. C Santa Barbara
    Christi Thomas 6’5” Sr. F/C Georgia
    Iciss Tillis 6’4” Sr. F Duke
    Kendra Wecker 5’11” Sr. F Kansas State
    Lindsay Whalen 5’8” Sr. G Minnesota
    Tan White 5’8” Jr. G Mississippi State
    Shereka Wright 5’10” Sr. F Purdue
    Tanisha Wright 5’11” Jr. G Penn State

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