PISCATAWAY -- Every clank off the rim was a reminder of a season gone wrong.
For the final 30 minutes of Saturday's 52-46 loss to West Virginia, Rutgers seemed mystified by a straight-up 2-3 zone, holding the ball while the shot clock wound down and the players' frustration mounted.
"If we're non-aggressive we just don't play well and today we weren't aggressive against the zone," guard Jerome Coleman said after the game. "We just got stiff. We were just standing around, passing the ball around the perimeter, waiting for that perfect opportunity.
"We've just got to play. I'm sick and tired of playing like this, where we worry about what might happen if we do something wrong. You can't play like that."
Cappie Pondexter knew her classmates' potential. The Rutgers sophomore just didn't see it last season.
But Rutgers' sophomore class, one of the top-ranked recruiting classes coming out of high school, finally has started to live up to expectations.
The five sophomores -- Pondexter, Chelsea Newton, Rebecca Richman, Mariota Theodoris and Amber Petillon -- combined for 37 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists yesterday as No. 23 Rutgers beat Pittsburgh, 67-53, at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
Rutgers in (soph) class by itself
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