7:00 PM ET, March 26, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Rutgers didn't have much of a reason to believe it could be a Final Four team a few months ago.The Scarlet Knights didn't have any seniors, or seemingly any chance. Not without Cappie Pondexter, not after starting the season by losing four of seven. And not with a difficult draw in the NCAA Tournament.Believe now, Rutgers.The scrappy Scarlet Knights are headed to their second Final Four, using a dominating performance from center Kia Vaughn and inspired play from the rest of the roster to claim a 64-45 victory over Arizona State on Monday night in the Greensboro Regional finals."It was sort of like a dream where we just felt ... as long as we stuck to our game plan -- and that's to continue to believe in ourselves -- then we can continue to get it done," forward Essence Carson said. "This entire run through the NCAA Tournament has been sort of unreal, but at the same time we understand that all the hard work we put in put us there."Vaughn had 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks while owning the lane. Matee Ajavon had 20 points, Carson added 11 and Epiphanny Prince had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Scarlet Knights (26-8), who led by 24 and held a 48-26 rebounding advantage in winning their seventh straight.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-59 (.356)||16-49 (.327)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-8 (.500)||5-17 (.294)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-21 (.857)||8-11 (.727)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||14 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|