Three BIG EAST teams were in action on Wednesday, including a league contest between Louisville and Cincinnati. The Cardinals won 78-40 to notch its first BIG EAST win of the season, while Rutgers knocked off Kean in impressive fashion 90-56 and earned career win No. 850 for head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
Five Louisville (8-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) players scored in double figures, led by juniors Becky Burke and Monique Reid with 13 points apiece.
Senior Shareese Ulis led Cincinnati (5-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) with 14 points.
Sophomore Tia Gibbs added 11 points for the Cardinals, while freshmen Shoni Schimmel and Sheronne Vails finished with 10 apiece. Schimmel finished with a career-high eight assists.
The Cardinals started the game with a 13-0 run, holding the Bearcats without a field goal until the 12:49 mark. Louisville led 40-17 at halftime.
Louisville finished the game shooting 51.8 percent from the field, while holding Cincinnati to 33.3 percent. The Cardinals shot 41.7 percent from behind the arc, while UC shot 35.3 percent. The Cardinals finished the game outrebounding the Bearcats 34-27. Louisville forced Cincinnati to 31 turnovers, turning them into 34 points.
In nonconference action, Rutgers (7-4) got scoring from nine different players and handed Kean (7-1) its first loss of the season. The Scarlet Knights shot a blistering 63.3-percent in the first half, including nine 3-pointers to put the game away early. Rutgers led 57-30 at halftime.
Four players finished in double figures, including redshirt junior Khadijah Rushdan who netted 22.
The win over Kean marked the 850th victory in the illustrious career of hall of fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer.
“ really wasn’t something that I was aware of,” said Stringer. “I didn’t have any idea because I don’t coach that way, I just want the game to be played a certain way, but it touches me because I realize how many years and how many young women have made that happen.
“I shared with you guys at the beginning of the year that I particularly like this group so it was special to get this milestone with this particular group. Having said that, I just realize that it really takes a long time and a lot goes into it. I remember when I first got 100 and I thought ‘wow, that’s a lot of games’. Who would have thought that I would have coached that long. I think if you coach because you enjoy it, the time will come and go and you won’t even know it, but if you start to count the numbers that won’t work. I’m glad we were able to win the way that we did.”
Stringer becomes just the third coach in women’s collegiate basketball history to amass 850 career wins joining a prestigious group which includes Pat Summitt of Tennessee and former Texas Longhorns coach Jody Conradt.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.