Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Scarlet Knights play home basketball games at the Louis Brown Athletic Center on the university campus in Piscataway, New Jersey.[2][3]

Rutgers Scarlet Knights
2019–20 Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball team
UniversityRutgers University–New Brunswick
Head coachC. Vivian Stringer (23rd season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationPiscataway, New Jersey
ArenaLouis Brown Athletic Center
(Capacity: 8,000)
NicknameScarlet Knights
ColorsScarlet[1]
    
Uniforms
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2007
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2000, 2007
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1986, 1987, 1999, 2005, 2008
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1988, 1998, 2006, 2009
NCAA Tournament Second round
1989, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2015
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019
AIAW Tournament Champions
1982
Conference Tournament Champions
1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 2007
Conference Regular Season Champions
1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006

History

The Scarlet Knights began play in 1974, winning their first ever game against Princeton 76-60. In 1976, Theresa Shank Grentz was hired as head coach, becoming the first full-time female basketball coach. The Scarlet Knights won the AIAW National Tournament 83-77 over Texas at the Palestra with the help of Patty Coyle, who scored 30 points while being named MVP. In 2000, C. Vivian Stringer became the first coach to ever lead three teams (including Rutgers) to the Final Four.

Retired Numbers

Rutgers Scarlet Knights retired numbers
No. Player Date of retirement Career
23Sue WicksApril 26, 19981984-1988
25Cappie PondexterDecember 1, 20162002-2006
45June OlkowskiJanuary 2, 19881978-1982

All-Time Statistical Leaders

Career leaders

  • Points scored: 2,655 (Sue Wicks - 1984-88)
  • Assists: 839 (Tasha Pointer - 1997-01)
  • Rebounds: 1,357 (Sue Wicks - 1984-88)
  • Steals: 294 (Syessence Davis - 2011-15)
  • Blocks: 293 (Sue Wicks - 1984-88)

Single season leaders

  • Points scored: 793 (Sue Wicks- 1987-88)
  • Assists: 257 (Tasha Pointer - 2000-01)
  • Rebounds: 404 (Sue Wicks - 1986-87)
  • Steals: 117 (Liz Hanson - 1993-94)
  • Blocks: 127 (Rachel Hollivay - 2013-14)

Single game leaders

  • Points scored: (44 by Sue Wicks vs George Washington - 1987)
  • Assists: (18 by Tasha Pointer vs Stephen F. Austin - 2001)
  • Rebounds: (26 by Sandy Tupurins vs William Paterson - 1977)
  • Steals: (10 by Syessence Davis vs Penn State - 2015 & 10 by Denise Kenney vs Saint Joseph’s - 1978)
  • Blocks: (11 by Sue Wicks vs West Virginia - 1987)

Awards and honors

  • Naismith/U.S. Basketball Writers Association/Women’s Basketball News Service/Street & Smith’s National Player of the Year - Sue Wicks, 1988 winner.
  • Big East Conference Coach of the Year - C. Vivian Stringer, 1998 & 2005.
  • Atlantic-10 Conference Coach of the Year - Theresa Grentz, 1986, 1988 (co), 1993, & 1994.

Coaching history

As of the end of the 2017–18 season, the Knights have had four head coaches and one interim coach.

Coach Tenure Record Conference record
Ellen Johns1974–19756–5n/a
Dottie McCrea1975–19765–9n/a
Theresa Grentz1976–1995434–150156–28
C. Vivian Stringer1995–present477–267243–136†
Carlene Mitchell (interim)20101–00–0
Totals 878-380 416-165

† Denotes combined conference record (202-94 record with the Big East Conference, 12-6 record with the American Athletic Conference, and 19-15 record with the Big Ten Conference)

References

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