Head coach C. Vivian Stringer has added another monumental milestone to a Hall of Fame career with her 500th career victory as head coach of Rutgers women’s basketball. In Coach Stringer’s first game of her 25th season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights, Rutgers defeated South Alabama by a score of 77-56 on Tuesday night at the Mitchell Center.
The landmark victory was a fitting one for Stringer, who has made a career of coaching defensively tenacious squads. The Jaguars shot 27 percent from the field, including a 14 percent mark from three-point range. South Alabama scored 12 points below their offensive average from last season, which ended in 25 wins and a second-round appearance in the WNIT.
Taking the head coaching job at Rutgers in 1995, Coach Stringer embarks on the remainder of the 2019-20 season with a 500-277 record “On the Banks” for a .644 winning percentage.
“It’s so hard to find the words on a night like this,” Stringer said. “I am just so happy to be healthy and back coaching this team, and thinking back to every young woman that has come through this program, every coach, staff member and administrator that made this number possible, it’s a very special feeling and one I am very grateful for.
“I get to wake up everyday and coach basketball and make a difference in young people’s lives,” Stringer added. “I never set out for 500 wins, honestly I lost track at one point, but there is no better place to do it than Rutgers University.”
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