Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth Division I women’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games when the Scarlet Knights beat Central Connecticut State 73-44 on Tuesday night.

Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the 1,000-victory club. Division II coach Barbara Stevens also has won over 1,000 games. The 70-year-old Stringer is the first African-American coach to reach that milestone.

Central Connecticut center Carly Reynolds, left, and Rutgers guard Noga Peleg Pelc battle for control of the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Central Connecticut center Carly Reynolds, left, and Rutgers guard Noga Peleg Pelc battle for control of the ball during the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The Hall of Famer got her career started at Cheney State in 1971 before moving on to Iowa and finally Rutgers in 1995. Many of her former players from the three schools she led to Final Fours were on hand to witness the milestone victory.

Rutgers forward Stasha Carey blocks a shot by Central Connecticut guard Forever Toppin (24) during the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Rutgers forward Stasha Carey blocks a shot by Central Connecticut guard Forever Toppin (24) during the second quarter of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley made the trip to New Jersey with her staff that included Jolette Law, who played for Stringer at Iowa and was an assistant at Rutgers for many years.

Source: The Associated Press