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Rutgers pulls away from Bethune Cookman late

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Even with a 25-point victory, Rutgers
coach C. Vivian Stringer wasn't happy with her team's performance.

The Scarlet Knights (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) used a 25-2 run in the second
half to beat Bethune-Cookman 73-48 on Tuesday night.

"We're really quite far behind," Stringer said. "We have just
not done `it' yet. And that's the way it is."

Stringer has not been pleased with her team's performance in its
first three games, including two at the Junkanoo Jam in the
Bahamas. The fact that Bethune-Cookman gave Rutgers trouble in the
first half, breaking the Knights' press and firing from 3-point
range with some accuracy.

"We have a lot to work on," said Cappie Pondexter, who had 16
points in Tuesday's win.

Michelle Campbell led the Scarlet Knights (3-0) with 18 points,
but it was the Rutgers defense that eventually stopped
Bethune-Cookman cold.

Rutgers shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the floor in the first
half, but Bethune-Cookman stayed close as Keturah Newkirk hit four
3-point field goals in the half. Rutgers went into the intermission
with a 35-26 lead.

"It wasn't up to par," Pondexter said of the team's first-half
struggle. "We were sluggish. It was terrible, actually."

Bethune-Cookman (1-1) narrowed the gap to 37-30 in the first
three minutes of the second half, but then Rutgers' full-court
pressure defense took its toll. The Scarlet Knights went on a 25-2
run over 15 minutes to put the game away.

Pondexter hit an assortment of drives and jumpers and Campbell
went 7-for-8 on mostly short jumpers in the lane to pace the
Scarlet Knights.

Newkirk had 15 points and Katie Clark added 12 for
Bethune-Cookman.