The Rutgers women’s basketball team made history at the RAC on Tuesday night as the 73-44 win over Central Connecticut State was the 1,000th victory in the hall of fame career for head coach C. Vivian Stringer. She became just the fifth Division I women’s coach to achieve that historic milestone. There were plenty of postgame festivities that we captured here.
As for the game, this team was on a mission from the opening tip. They jumped out to a 10-3 lead behind six straight points from Charise Wilson that became a 17-8 lead to close out the first quarter and never looked back. Rutgers led 37-17 at the half, signaling that it was just a matter of time before history was made.
Caitlin Jenkins led the way on the night for Rutgers with her second double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, as well as swiping 3 steals and adding 1 blocked shot. Stasha Carey scored 12 points and pulled down 7 boards, while Ciani Cryor scored 10 points and dished out 4 assists.
As a team, Rutgers assisted on 19 of the 28 field goals they made, held a +15 rebounding margin and shot 49.1% from the floor.
Several key Scarlet Knight players did not play on Tuesday. Veterans KK Sanders and Sierra Calhoun have not played yet this season due to injuries. Sanders has a wrist issue, while Calhoun is dealing with an ankle injury. Sophomore wing Tekia Mack is also out with an elbow issue. Former 5-star recruit Zippy Broughton missed her second straight game due to an ankle issue. Hopefully, these players get healthy and return to the lineup soon.
Next up for Rutgers is a trip to the Queen City, as the Scarlet Knights (3-0) visit Charlotte on Friday at 5 p.m. It will be a battle of unbeaten teams, as Charlotte has blown out UNC-Asheville and Wofford to start the season.