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Rutgers Routs CCSU 73-44 To Secure C. Vivian Stringer’s 1,000th Career Victory

It was an historic night at the RAC

Lance Glinn

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.