3:00 PM ET, January 28, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For seven minutes in the first half, Rutgers (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) showed the spark on defense that has made it one of the top teams in the nation.Otherwise, after a sluggish performance by her team in a 65-51 win over Georgetown on Saturday, Scarlet Knights coach Vivian Stringer said she had a headache.With some tough games looming -- one at home against No. 11 DePaul on Feb. 4 and another at No. 4 Connecticut on Feb. 7 -- Stringer was upset with her team's performance against a Georgetown team that has lost five in a row and seven of its last eight. Georgetown outrebounded Rutgers 34-31 and gave the Scarlet Knights some fits with a zone defense."I knew I was going to get upset in a game like this," Stringer said. "If we'd have played Connecticut like this, Connecticut would have stomped us."A 16-0 run in the first half gave the Scarlet Knights (15-3, 7-0) the lead for good, but they could not put away the Hoyas (8-11, 1-7) until the waning moments."I think we rebounded and played great defense (during the run)," said Cappie Pondexter, who scored 24 points to lead Rutgers. "Once we got away from that, they started getting comfortable, started hitting shots."Pondexter, who entered the week second in the nation in scoring, was 9-of-16 from the field as Rutgers picked up its third straight win. Essence Carson had 13 points, Mariota Theodoris added eight rebounds and Kia Vaughn made five blocked shots.Katrina Wheeler led the Hoyas with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and added 12 rebounds. Kristin Heidloff had 17 points, including four 3-pointers. The Hoyas' top scorer, Kieraah Marlow, who averages 16.9 points per game, made one of 11 shots and finished with seven points."Tonight I thought our kids really competed extremely hard," Georgetown coach Terri Williams-Flournoy said. "For us (to outrebound a team), that's great because Rutgers was a great rebounding team. One of our goals... for sure was to not get beat on the boards."Georgetown led 14-12 midway through the first half before Rutgers went on a 16-0 run to take a 28-14 lead. Rutgers led by 13 at halftime, and Georgetown never got closer than nine points for the rest of the game.