go to MSN.com
ESPN.com NCAA index
ESPN Network: ESPN | NBA.com | NHL.com | ABCSports | Insider | Shop | Fantasy
NCAA index ESPN.com
to MIDWEST region to WEST region to MIDEAST region to EAST region
click for menu bracket gallery scoreboard tcmens


Rutgers Scarlet Knights
RECORD: 0 - 0 REGION: Midwest  SEED: 7
COACH: C. Vivian Stringer CONFERENCE: Big Ten
RESULTS | MESSAGE BOARD

Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Chattanooga 1st Round L 74 - 69


PLAYER TO WATCH
 

 
Cappie Pondexter
 
Player to watch? Heck, it's impossible to take your eyes off Pondexter. The senior point guard is on every postseason award short list and with good reason. She averages 18 points, five rebounds and four assists a game. And that's just on offense. On defense, Pondexter is all over the court, pestering and pressuring opposing players to the tune of two steals a game plus the countless other errors she causes with her in-your-face style.

ANALYSIS BY ESPN'S STACEY DALES-SCHUMAN
Stacey Dales-SchumanThere is no question that C. Vivian Stringer's Scarlet Knights have faced a tormenting strength of schedule this season. Mississippi, Texas Tech, Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, TCU ODU and Ohio State highlighted an impressive list of teams that kicked Rutgers' nonconference schedule into action in mid-November. Yikes! It's no wonder the Scarlet Knights lost four straight on the road during that time.

The injury bug made things especially tough, though. The team's second-leading scorer, junior Chelsea Newton, has missed eight full games while being sidelined indefinitely in five others due to a recurring shoulder problem. With a relatively healthy Newton in the lineup, the Scarlet Knights are a strong 12-3. Also the second-best passer on the floor, Newton is heavily relied upon for her even-keel disposition and model intensity.

Rutgers has been able to suit up 10 players just one time this season. Senior forward Shalicia Hurns -- yes, formerly of Purdue -- was injured early, as was another post threat in junior Mariota Theodoris, victim to the ACL virus. Then, Dawn McCullough went out with a knee injury in the Big East tournament. It got so bad, Rutgers dressed two of its managers -- junior Erin Boccher and sophomore Devon Groomes -- for the conference tournament.

With so many lineup changes, one can only infer that finding rhythm and consistency is extremely difficult, especially against some of basketball's best. Using a different starting lineup seemingly every third game, it's also no wonder Rutgers has only won 31 percent of its games on the road.

One positive has been improved post play, which is essential in order to free up sophomore All-American Cappie Pondexter for more opportunities to create. Pondexter truly is a special commodity with season averages of almost 18 points, five rebounds and five assists. If you want to see just how much the women's game is changing, look no further than Pondexter.

Offensively, Rutgers has the athletes to push tempo, but the Scarlet Knights often play it safe, averaging only 13 turnovers a contest, one of the best marks in the country. Defensively, Rutgers has predominantly played player-to-player this season, although it will fall into zone every so often.

If the Scarlet Knights can find more scorers, drop some hoops in transition and, most importantly, stay healthy, they can compete.



LAST 5 GAMES
OPPONENT RESULT
@ Boston CollegeL, 75-57
@ West VirginiaW, 61-51
@ Notre DameW, 51-45
Seton HallW, 51-42
Seton HallW, 54-44


statistics
message boards
NCW on ESPN.com
ESPN.com


ESPN Web

 
 

 
Member Name:
Password:
Free Registration


 
 

 
ESPN.com: HELP | ADVERTISER INFO | CONTACT US | TOOLS | SITE MAP
Copyright ©2003 ESPN Internet Ventures. Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and Safety Information are applicable to this site. Employment opportunities at ESPN.com.

 
EAST
1 Penn State
2 Connecticut
3 Houston
4 North Carolina
5 Notre Dame
6 Colorado
7 Auburn
8 Virginia Tech
9 Iowa
10 North Carolina State
11 UC Santa Barbara
12 Southwest Missouri State
13 Middle Tennessee
14 UW-Green Bay
15 Penn
16 Hampton
MIDEAST
1 Duke
2 Kansas State
3 Boston College
4 Texas Tech
5 Louisiana Tech
6 Ohio State
7 Minnesota
8 Old Dominion
9 Marquette
10 UCLA
11 West Virginia
12 Montana
13 Maine
14 Eastern Michigan
15 Valparaiso
16 Northwestern State
WEST
1 Texas
2 Purdue
3 Georgia
4 LSU
5 Miami
6 TCU
7 Villanova
8 Michigan State
9 Arizona
10 Mississippi
11 Temple
12 Maryland
13 Austin Peay
14 Liberty
15 St. Francis (Pa.)
16 Southern
MIDWEST
1 Tennessee
2 Vanderbilt
3 Oklahoma
4 Baylor
5 Florida
6 Stanford
7 Rutgers
8 George Washington
9 DePaul
10 Chattanooga
11 Missouri
12 New Mexico
13 Loyola Marymount
14 Marist
15 Lipscomb
16 Colgate
go to MSN.com Make it Your Home
2002 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.