The long wait is over for Rutgers Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer. Ending a four-game losing streak in the process, Stringer won her 900th career game and did it at home in the friendly confines of the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
Beating South Florida, 68-56, Stringer becomes the fourth women’s basketball coach and first African American to win 900 games. She joins Tennessee’s Pat Summit, North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell and Texas’ Jody Conradt on the elite list.
Stringer, the only coach to take three different programs to the Final Four, has a 380-195 record in 17 years with Rutgers. She joined Michael Jordan and others in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
By beating South Florida, Rutgers (15-12, 6-8) keeps itself on the bubble for the NCAA tournament and ends a four-game losing streak in the process. Senior guard Erica Wheeler led Rutgers to its milestone victory tonight with an impressive shooting night and season-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor.
Following the victory, Rutgers and athletic director Tim Pernetti honored Stringer for her accomplishment in front of a RAC crowd of 1,304.