The Phoenix Mercury (and Fenerbahce) guard made five 3-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points and Most Valuable Players honors as the “Rest of the World” team topped Europe 93-80 in the EuroLeague All-Star Game Thursday in Valencia, Spain. For her excellent performance, Pondexter was voted as the game’s most valuable player and she was elated.”It’s a great experience to be among the best players in the world,” she told FIBA Europe.com after the victory. ”This All Star Game is a good stepping stone for the Year of Women’s Basketball.”
May 22, 2007
Pondexter Puts Cap on EuroLeague All-Star Game
Statement from Cappie Pondexter, Mercury All-Star and Rutgers Alumna
Pondexter reacts to Don Imus’ recent controversial remarks
Per Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury All-Star Guard and 2006 Rutgers alumna:
I am confident that Coach Stringer and the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team will handle this situation with class as always. Coach Stringer does a fantastic job in adverse situations. I know that the state of New Jersey, the university, family and friends will refuse to let this ignorance soil their achievements. These young women played their hearts out during the NCAA tournament and I thought they represented RutgersUniversity with the utmost class!
Imus’ racial comments are unacceptable and inappropriate. The fact that this is not the first time that improper comments were made concerning Black athletes shows where Imus stands. Not only were the comments racist, they were also misogynistic. Therefore, I do not feel that an apology or the two-week suspension is ample punishment. It is my understanding that his show is supposed to be comedic. Who does this humor?
Nonetheless, I believe that MSNBC/CBS will make the right decision.
Cappie Pondexter is currently playing professionally in Turkey where she was recently named Most Valuable Player at the EuroLeague Women’s All-Star game. Following her season in Turkey, Pondexter will return to Phoenix for her second WNBA season as a member of the Mercury. WNBA training camps open April 22 and the Phoenix Mercury open their 11th season on May 19 at US Airways Center vs. San Antonio.
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Pondexter’s Alma Mater in the NCAA Women’s Championship
For the Scarlet Knights (27-8), it will be their first ever appearance in the national championship game. This matchup on April 3rd will mark the 16th time Rutgers and Tennessee have met, including six in the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee holds a 12-3 edge all-time against Rutgers, including 5-0 in the NCAA Tourney. In the most-recent post-season matchup, the Scarlet Knights met the Lady Vols in the Elite Eight in the 2006 Cleveland Regional, with Tennessee taking a 78-69 win. “Pat has won a lot of times. I really would like to know what it feels like (to win the national championship) and I don’t need her to tell me what it feels like,” said Stringer. “I want to experience it myself.” Pondexter stated, “She has faith in Stringer & staff as well as her former teammates and is proud of the team’s success.
Go Rutgers!!! Want more? www.scarletknights.com