PISCATAWAY, N.J. — C. Vivian Stringer became the fourth women’s college basketball coach to reach 900 wins as Rutgers cruised past South Florida 68-56 on Tuesday night.
Stringer, a Hall of Famer in her 42nd season as head coach, reached the milestone thanks to Erica Wheeler, who scored 24 points to help the Scarlet Knights
(15-12, 6-8 Big East) snap a four-game losing streak.
Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark on Feb. 7.
Only three Division I men’s coaches have reached 900 victories – Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim.
“I am fortunate to call Vivian my friend and could not be happier that she has reached the 900-win milestone in her career. I have great respect and admiration for Vivian and consider her one of the great pioneers of our game,” Summitt said in a statement. “She has had an incredible journey, and I hope she adds many more to her ‘W’ column!”
As the game ended, a crowd of 1,304 at the Rutgers Athletic Center saluted Stringer with chants of “900” and “C.V.S.” and Scarlet Knights Athletic Director Tim Pernetti was among the first to greet her with a congratulatory banner.
Rutgers had lost four consecutive games since beating Cincinnati for Stringer’s 899th career victory. Stringer is 900-330 in her career.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 79,
NO. 22 SYRACUSE 68
In South Bend, Ind., Kayla McBride scored 25 points and Skylar Diggins added 24 points and eight assists as Notre Dame (26-1, 14-0 Big East) overcame a 15-point first-half deficit to beat Syracuse (22-5, 10-4), the 21st consecutive victory for the Fighting Irish.
The Irish struggled early, hitting just 2 of 16 shots to start the game as the Orange (22-5, 10-4) jumped to a 22-7 lead.
But Diggins scored nine points during a 13-2 run late in the first half to get the Irish back into the game and the Irish took control by opening the second half with a 9-0 run.
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 76, PITTSBURGH 36
In Hartford, Conn., Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help Connecticut (26-2, 13-1 Big East) close out its home schedule with a rout of Pittsburgh (9-18, 0-14).
Breanna Stewart added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots while Stefanie Dolson had 14 points for the Huskies.
Brianna Kiesel had 11 points to lead Pittsburgh, which is only two losses away from its second consecutive winless season in the Big East. Asia Logan added 10 points.
The win was the 28th in a row for the Huskies over Pitt, a team they haven’t lost to in 20 years.
UConn travels to South Florida on Saturday, before Monday’s regular season finale at No. 2 Notre Dame.