7:00 PM ET, January 26, 2005
BOSTON (AP) -- Cappie Pondexter put on quite a performance for someone who is still working her way into game shape.Pondexter scored 22 of her season-high 27 points in the second half to lift Rutgers (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) to a 71-60 win over Boston College (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) on Wednesday night.The senior missed the first eight games of the season due to personal reasons. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said Pondexter is just "65 percent.""It was good to see Cappie return to a semblance of old," Stringer said. "Cappie knows how to win games."She also enjoys shooting in Conte Forum against the Eagles.Pondexter, who scored a career-high 35 points last season against at Conte, had 20 of Rutgers' 23 points during an 11:11 stretch in the second half, almost single-handedly holding off the Eagles as they were making a charge."I don't know," she said as a smile flashed across her face. "I think it's a good arena to play in."The win was Rutgers (14-4, 5-1 Big East) fourth against a ranked team this season. Matee Ajavon added 13 points for the Scarlet Knights.Clare Droesch and Jessalyn Deveny led the Eagles (14-3, 5-1) with 18 points apiece. BC fell to 2-7 against ranked teams over the past two seasons."(Pondexter) always seems to come and play against us real good," Deveny said. "She's just a great all-around player."The Scarlet Knights, who led 32-25 at the half, saw their lead sliced to three early in the second half. That's when Pondexter started her scoring spree."I think she had a fair night tonight," BC coach Cathy Inglese said of Pondexter. "I don't want to be around her when she's 100 percent."The Eagles may see that, though, when the two teams meet again Piscataway, N.J. on Feb. 22.After Pondexter's 3-pointer pushed it to 43-35 with 15:09 to play, BC closed the gap to 55-50 on Droesch's 3-pointer with 9:22 left. Rutgers then went on a game-breaking 13-5 run, with Pondexter scoring the first six points.Rutgers never trailed and grabbed a 15-2 lead 6 minutes into the game.BC had trouble with Rutgers' double-teaming the low post in the first half and shot just 29.6 percent (8-of-27) in the opening half.