And now she’s at 978.
C. Vivian Stringer signed her contract extension in late October and part of the conversation then was the fact that she was just 23 games away from winning her 1000th game.
Friday’s 76-63 win at James Madison closed the gap to 1,000 and gave Rutgers a good start to the 2017-18 season.
The Knights won the statistical battle across the board, although not all of it was that great. Rutgers held JMU to just 36% shooting from the field, but only shot 39% themselves. On the boards, RU was solid, pulling down 14 more rebounds than JMU, 48-34.
Tyler Scaife returned from her redshirt with a strong 26 points on 7 of 17 shooting in just 27 minutes. She led all scorers on the night. Jazlynd Rollins put in ten points while junior Caitlin Jenkins sank nine points and had a game high 13 boards.
The Knights had a solid 31-23 lead at the half. But the Dukes put on a strong second half push (40 points) that was met by Rutgers own solid play (45 points).
Rutgers went deep into the bench, playing 14 during the game. And 11 of them scored; that’s a good thing as Rutgers has not been a scoring machine over the last several seasons.
The women travel to Philadelphia on Monday night to take on Temple (1-0).