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Rutgers to retire Cappie Pondexter’s number

Only the third to reach the honor at RU

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For only the third time in program history, Rutgers will be retiring a women’s basketball number.

On December 1, Cappie Pondexter’s No. 25 will be hoisted to the rafters at the RAC. The first player in BIG EAST history to earn first team honors four-straight years, Pondexter recorded 2,211 points during her career to rank second all-time at RU.

Pondexter joins June Olkowski (1978-82) and Sue Wicks (1984-88) as the only women basketball players to have their numbers retired.

During her career at Rutgers, Cappie averaged 18.3 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 1.8 steals per game in 121 games played. Her named is in the Rutgers record book including ranking second in all-time scoring (2,211), first in three-point field goal percentage (.426), sixth in assists (470) and as one of three Scarlet Knights to pour in 40 or more points in a game.

As a senior, Pondexter was both a First Team Associated Press and Kodak/WBCA All-American, the unanimous choice for BIG EAST Player of the Year, the 2006 Women’s Basketball News Service National Player of the Year and a finalist for all three major national player-of-the-year awards – State Farm Wade Trophy, Naismith and Women’s Wooden Award.

The December 1 game versus Duke - part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge - will begin at 7:00 pm with a halftime ceremony honoring Pondexter.