Dec 17, 2010
Rutgers’ Stringer Wins No. 850

C. Vivian Stringer got to 849 wins as a head coach through pure defensive aggression and smart play, but to become the third coach in women’s basketball history to reach 850, it was all about the offense.

The Rutgers women’s basketball team dismantled Division III Kean, 90-56, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a calm and calculated assault scoring precision as junior Khadijah Rushdan paved the way to another major milestone in Stringer’s 40-year career.

“It’s great, Rushdan said. Coach Stringer is a great coach and for her to accomplish all these, especially with three teams, and to have 850 wins, I’m just proud of her. It’s a great accomplishment.”

In the offensive onslaught against the helpless Kean Cougars (7-1), the Scarlet Knights (7-4) hit the 90-point mark for the first time in six years when they scored 90 against Rider.

Rushdan led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, putting up her highest point total since 26 against North Carolina A&T earlier this year.

“I just tried to play my role, try to run up and down the court like Coach needs me to and take my shots in rotation, Rushdan said. I wasn’t really trying to stand out or anything to that nature, just trying to be in the flow of the game.”

Forward Chelsey Lee and April Sykes and guard Erica Wheeler also scored in double-digits with Lee needing just one more board for a double-double.

As a team, Rutgers made 31 of its 62 shots and was 10-for-25 from long-range after going 9-for-12 going into halftime.

Defensively, however, Rutgers left more to be desired. The Knights held Kean to a 31 percent shooting clip, but surrendered 56 points to a Division III opponent after holding the Cougars to 59 last time the two faced off.

Kean committed 29 turnovers, however, and never really had the game’s result in doubt.

“I’ve really tried to take advantage of every moment that we have to teach something so that we can learn something more, Stringer said. I know the magnitude of the games that we have coming up.”

The Knights do not return to the RAC until 2011, when they take on George Washington Jan. 3, but also have Texas A&M and Tennessee looming on the schedule.

Stringer received a ball from athletic director Tim Pernetti and University president Richard L. McCormick at midcourt following the victory to commemorate No. 850. Stringer trails just Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Texas’ Jody Conradt in career victories among women’s basketball head coaches.

“It really wasn’t something that I was aware of, Stringer said after the win. Coach [Carlene] Mitchell called me before I left the house and told me to wear something decent. I really had no idea. It touches me because I realize, wow, that’s a long time and how many years and how many young women made that happen.

“That’s inconceivable and don’t ask me about 900 because I have no idea.”

Rutgers’ Stringer Wins No. 850

The Daily Targum

C. Vivian Stringer got to 849 wins as a head coach through pure defensive aggression and smart play, but to become the third coach in women’s basketball history to reach 850, it was all about the offense.

The Rutgers women’s basketball team dismantled Division III Kean, 90-56, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center with a calm and calculated assault scoring precision as junior Khadijah Rushdan paved the way to another major milestone in Stringer’s 40-year career.

“It’s great, Rushdan said. Coach Stringer is a great coach and for her to accomplish all these, especially with three teams, and to have 850 wins, I’m just proud of her. It’s a great accomplishment.”

In the offensive onslaught against the helpless Kean Cougars (7-1), the Scarlet Knights (7-4) hit the 90-point mark for the first time in six years when they scored 90 against Rider.

Rushdan led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, putting up her highest point total since 26 against North Carolina A&T earlier this year.

“I just tried to play my role, try to run up and down the court like Coach needs me to and take my shots in rotation, Rushdan said. I wasn’t really trying to stand out or anything to that nature, just trying to be in the flow of the game.”

Forward Chelsey Lee and April Sykes and guard Erica Wheeler also scored in double-digits with Lee needing just one more board for a double-double.

As a team, Rutgers made 31 of its 62 shots and was 10-for-25 from long-range after going 9-for-12 going into halftime.

Defensively, however, Rutgers left more to be desired. The Knights held Kean to a 31 percent shooting clip, but surrendered 56 points to a Division III opponent after holding the Cougars to 59 last time the two faced off.

Kean committed 29 turnovers, however, and never really had the game’s result in doubt.

“I’ve really tried to take advantage of every moment that we have to teach something so that we can learn something more, Stringer said. I know the magnitude of the games that we have coming up.”

The Knights do not return to the RAC until 2011, when they take on George Washington Jan. 3, but also have Texas A&M and Tennessee looming on the schedule.

Stringer received a ball from athletic director Tim Pernetti and University president Richard L. McCormick at midcourt following the victory to commemorate No. 850. Stringer trails just Tennessee’s Pat Summitt and Texas’ Jody Conradt in career victories among women’s basketball head coaches.

“It really wasn’t something that I was aware of, Stringer said after the win. Coach [Carlene] Mitchell called me before I left the house and told me to wear something decent. I really had no idea. It touches me because I realize, wow, that’s a long time and how many years and how many young women made that happen.

“That’s inconceivable and don’t ask me about 900 because I have no idea.”






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