Syracuse 43

(9-15, 2-11 Big East)

(7) Rutgers 60

(21-3, 13-0 Big East)

    2:00 PM ET, February 19, 2006

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    No. 8 Rutgers rolls Syracuse to win ninth straight

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- The Rutgers women's basketball team finally had an easy victory.

    Michelle Campbell and Cappie Pondexter each scored 13 points to help Rutgers (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today; No. 7 AP) beat Syracuse 60-43 on Sunday for its ninth straight win.

    Matee Ajavon and Essence Carson had 11 each and Kia Vaughn added 10 for Rutgers (21-3, 13-0 Big East), which has won 21 straight conference games dating back to last season.

    "It almost seemed too easy," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said.

    Rutgers took a 4-0 lead and never looked back as Syracuse was overwhelmed by the defensive pressure by the Scarlet Knights.

    Rutgers opened a 15-point lead with 6:36 left in the first half and had a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

    "We would get in the gap and then kick it out 15 feet, and that's nice because you're sharing the ball," Stringer said. "But what we were trying to do was put the game away earlier, so we understood how you do put a game away."

    Jenny Eckhart had 11 for Syracuse (9-15, 2-11).

    The Scarlet Knights go on the road to Marquette and Pittsburgh this week, before hosting No. 8 Connecticut next Monday night in the regular-season finale.

    Campbell, who went over the 1,000 career points mark early in the first half, also had eight rebounds.

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