Pondexter, Vaughn lead Rutgers' rout of Louisville

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Cappie Pondexter used the technical as

She scored nine of her 27 points after sitting out five minutes for
throwing an elbow in No. 9 Rutgers' 80-55 win over Louisville on

The fifth-year senior was fouled hard by a Louisville player
with 14 minutes left, and she threw an elbow while trying to get
away from the Cardinal players around her.

"It was just a competitive thing," Pondexter said, shrugging
off the technical.

Louisville came within 59-45 before Pondexter returned. She hit
a jumper from the side, a 3-pointer, a pair of foul shots and a
driving scoop layup.

Freshman Kia Vaughn added 13 points and 15 rebounds. Matee
Ajavon added 14 points and seven assists for Rutgers.

Connie Neal scored 10 points to lead Louisville (13-4, 4-2).

The win keeps Rutgers (13-3, 5-0 Big East) unbeaten in the
conference, a half-game behind UConn (17-2, 6-0 6-0), which
defeated Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Rutgers led 41-15 at halftime, holding Louisville to 21 percent
shooting in the first half. The Scarlet Knights held Cardinal
center Jazz Covington to nine points on 3-for-7 shooting. She
scored 29 points in Louisville's 89-68 win over Georgetown on

"After last game, we needed to get Jazz more into our offense
today," Louisville coach Tom Collen said. "She was 12-for-12 from
the floor last game and this one she only took seven shots. But our
entire offense couldn't do anything against Rutgers. They shut us

Rutgers, coming off a 48-47 loss to Temple (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) on Thursday, wasted no time putting Louisville away.

Ahead 10-7, Rutgers began a 27-1 run that resulted in a 37-8
lead with about five minutes left in the half.

Louisville, the tallest team in the Big East with 10 player over
six feet, lost the rebounding battle 44-23. The Cardinals shot 21
percent (6-of-28) in the first half as Rutgers' defense clogged the
middle and forced poor shots.

The Cardinals turned to the 3-pointer in an attempt to get back
in the game in the second half, hitting 6-of-12 attempts. They
finished 8-for-23 from beyond the arc.