This game, however, will be remembered for getting the Hall of Fame Coach from Rutgers inches closer to another career milestone, one that has been reached by only Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt - 800 victories.
"Honestly I haven't even started thinking about it yet," said Stringer. "I didn't really know until I saw a fan in the stands with a card saying 800."
Nearly three minutes into the game, Rutgers fell behind early. Kia Vaughn's two point layup at the 16:47 mark put Rutgers into the scoring column. From that point on the teams were nearly neck and neck until a 9-0 Rutgers run erased a 1 point deficit and turned it into an 8 point lead, 22-14. Epiphanny Prince and Matee Ajavon contributed all the scoring during the mini-run.
Notre Dame answered, however, and for the following 6:20 held Rutgers scoreless. The Irish, behin stifling defense tied the game (22-22) on a Charel Allen jumper as the half wound down.
The Irish continued in the second half precisely where they left off in the first, notching the 6 of the first 8 points scored and taking a 28-24 lead before a Kia Vaughn putback put the RU offense back in gear. After consecutive Ajavon jumpers, Rugers regained the lead once more and would lead by as many as 8 (41-33) on their way to the 57-51 win.
The Scarlet Knights have won consecutive games since the controversial loss at No. 3 Tennessee last week. RU will next be in action on Saturday (2/23) at Providence, with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m.
|Big East Conference Standings|
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|#13 West Virginia||10-2||21-4|
|#14 Notre Dame||8-4||20-6|