(11) Rutgers 67

(17-5, 8-2 Big East)

Seton Hall 40

(13-9, 5-6 Big East)

    7:00 PM ET, February 9, 2005

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    #11RUTG 31 3667
    HALL 23 1740

    Pondexter adds 12 for Rutgers

    SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- Matee Ajavon scored 13 points in a homecoming of sorts, leading No. 11 Rutgers to a 67-40 victory Wednesday night over intrastate rival Seton Hall.

    In the second half, as Rutgers put on a full-court press, Ajavon put on a show. Playing within a few blocks of her neighboring hometown of Newark, the freshman scored seven straight points in an 11-4 run surge the first five minutes, giving Rutgers a 42-27 lead.

    It was the second straight victory for the Scarlet Knights (17-5, 8-2 Big East) after losing last week at Connecticut. Heta Korpivaara paced Seton Hall (13-9, 5-6) with 12 points.

    Cappie Pondexter added 12 points for Rutgers.

    Seton Hall got off to a strong start, taking a 7-2 lead in the first three minutes on a driving jumper by Monique Blake. Ajavon then got in gear, scoring on two consecutive penetrating shots to cut the lead to 7-6 with 15:46 left.

    The teams traded the lead over the next 10 minutes until Chelsea Newton's 3-pointer gave Rutgers the edge for good at 20-18 with 6:28 left in the half. Rutgers extended the advantage to 31-23 at the break.

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