Top Knight: Pondexter Ready For Lady Vols And Beyond

By Richard Kent
Updated: December 20, 2004

Cappie Pondexter

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — If there is a better college guard in women’s basketball than Cappie Pondexter of Rutgers, one would be hard pressed to locate her. Certainly there is no better guard who is on an inactive status.

Pondexter, a senior from Chicago, took the first semester off for personal reasons, but will be ready to play when Rutgers takes on Tennessee on December 29 at the RAC in Piscataway.

The last time the Lady Vols and Pat Summitt took the trip to Piscataway was in 1994. The Scarlet Knights emerged victorious by 10 as an incredible ice storm that kept the crowd to about 500.

A preseason All-American candidate, Pondexter is also a candidate for the Wooden and State Farm Wade Trophies, emblematic of the best college player in the country.

Last season, Pondexter led her team to the NCAA Tourney while averaging 17.9 points., 4.3 assists and 1.8 steals a game. She also had 29 double-digit scoring games and was often double and triple teamed in the process.

In the Big East Championship game against Boston College, Rutgers only dressed 7 players due to injuries and Pondexter was triple teamed most of the game. She still managed to score a game high 27 points on 11-23 shooting in 39 minutes.

Pondexter was the WBCA Player of the Year in high school and was recruited by every major program in the country. She chose Rutgers over UConn after a very spirited recruiting war. Her feelings for head coach C. Vivian Stringer eventually won out for Rutgers.

A standout for John Marshall High in Chicago, Pondexter has plenty of international experience and looks forward to playing on the 2008 Olympic Team.

She has spent four straight years on the U.S. 20-under national team and helped lead them to a gold medal in 2003 in Croatia under UConn’s Geno Auriemma.

Pondexter has also set many goals for herself, some lofty and some not as lofty. She wants to lead Rutgers to a National Championship, be a first round pick in the WNBA draft, and most importantly, earn her degree (in African studies) from Rutgers.

She is on track to all of those goals. Knowing Cappie and her competitive spirit, she just might satisfy them all. But beating Tennessee for the first time in her college career is her immediate goal.