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.