Pondexter Shines in WNBA All-Star Game

Former Rutgers women's basketball standout and current Phoenix Mercury rookie Cappie Pondexter (Chicago, IL) tied for the team high in assists, playing in her first WNBA All-Star Game July 12 at Madison Square Garden.

A reserve for the Western Conference, Cappie Pondexter dished four assists in 15:40 of action, adding four points, a pair of rebounds and a steal. The East, which had never won an All-Star Game, pulled away for a 98-82 victory.

Pondexter is making a strong case for WNBA Rookie of the Year honors. She is third in the league in scoring (21.9 ppg) and is sixth in total efficiency points (18.0 pg). The 5-9 guard is adding 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per contest, shooting 45.2 (135-299) percent from the field, 40.0 (34-85) percent from three-point range and 85.8 (91-106) percent from the free-throw line.

For the games of June 5-12, Pondexter posted a league-high 28.5 points per contest, shooting 60.5 (23-38) percent from the floor and 72.7 (8-111) percent from the free-throw line, to earn the distinction of being the WNBA Player of the Week. On June 2, she registered 30 points in a 97-87 loss at Seattle, and on June 6, she posted 30 points in a 90-76 victory against Sacramento, becoming the third player in league history to register back-to-back 30-point totals (Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes). Pondexter established a new rookie scoring record when she poured in 35 points in a 91-76 victory at Detroit July 6.

Pondexter was the third former Scarlet Knight to play in the WNBA All-Star Game. Former New York Liberty fan favorite Sue Wicks ('88) participated in 2000, while current Charlotte Sting center Tammy Sutton-Brown ('01) played in 2002.

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