PISCATAWAY, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Natasha Pointer was deadly from almost everywhere on the court, scoring 16 points to lead second seed Rutgers back to the "Sweet 16" with a 59-39 rout of St. Joseph's in a West Region game.
Pointer was 4-of-6 from the field, made her lone 3-pointer and was 7-of-8 from the line for Rutgers (24-7), which also made three straight appearances in the regional semifinals from 1986-88.
Usha Gilmore added 12 points, four rebounds and four assists off the bench and Davalyn Cunningham chipped in 10 points for the Lady Knights, who face UAB on Saturday in Portland, Oregon.
St. Joseph's (25-6) was smothered in the second half, making less than 21 percent of its shots (6-of-29). The 39 points were the Hawks' fewest since a 66-33 loss to Cheyney State, which was coached by current Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer.
Angela Zampella had 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting but was the only player in double figures for St. Joseph's, which finished at 23 percent (13-of-56). The Hawks had more turnovers (17) than baskets and were outrebounded, 45-37.
Rutgers, however, shot just 31 percent (8-of-26) in the first half and led at the break, 23-19.
A 3-pointer by Jana Lichnerova brought St. Joseph's within 23-22 in the opening minute of the second half, but the Hawks managed only one more basket over the next 7 1/2 minutes as Rutgers pulled away.