Rutgers Scarlet Knights women's basketball

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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UniversityRutgers University–New Brunswick
Head coach Coquese Washington (1st season)
Conference Big Ten
Location Piscataway, New Jersey
Arena Jersey Mike's Arena
(Capacity: 8,000)
NicknameScarlet Knights
ColorsScarlet [1]
 
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NCAA tournament runner-up
2007
NCAA tournament Final Four
2000, 2007
NCAA tournament Elite Eight
1986, 1987, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008
NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen
1986, 1987, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
NCAA tournament second round
1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 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, 2021
AIAW tournament champions
1982
AIAW tournament Final Four
1982
AIAW tournament Elite Eight
1982
AIAW tournament appearances
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982
Conference tournament champions
1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 2006
Conference regular season champions
1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006

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]

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History

The Scarlet Knights (known as the Lady Knights until 1995) 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 Restrepo-Pinero, who scored 30 points while being named MVP. In 2007, 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.PlayerDate of retirementCareer
23 Sue Wicks April 26, 19981984–1988
25 Cappie Pondexter December 1, 20162002–2006 [4]
45 June Olkowski January 2, 19881978–1982

All-Time Statistical Leaders

Career leaders

Single season leaders

Single game leaders

Awards and honors

International

Coaching history

As of the end of the 2021–22 season, the Knights have had four head coaches and two interim coaches.

CoachTenureRecordConference record
Ellen Johns 1974–19756–5n/a
Dottie McCrea 1975–19765–9n/a
Theresa Grentz 1976–1995434–150156–28
C. Vivian Stringer 1995–2022477–267243–136†
Coquese Washington 2022-present18-315-17
Carlene Mitchell (interim)20101–00–0
Timothy Eatman (interim)2018
Totals941–462404–181

† Denotes combined conference record (202–94 record with the Big East Conference (1979-2013), 12–6 record with the American Athletic Conference, and 19–15 record with the Big Ten Conference)

Postseason results

NCAA Division I

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1986 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Villanova
#3 Penn State
#4 W. Kentucky
W 85–58
W 85–72
L 74–89
1987 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Duke
#3 NC State
#1 Texas
W 78–64
W 75–60
L 77–85
1988 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 Old Dominion
#2 Virginia
W 88–78
L 75–89
1989 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Southern Miss
#2 NC State
W 95–73
L 73–75
1990 #11First Round#6 VanderbiltL 75–78
1991 #6First Round#11 ToledoL 65–83
1992 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Southern Miss
#1 Tennessee
W 93–63
L 56–97
1993 #9First Round
Second Round
#8 Vermont
#1 Ohio State
W 80–74
L 60–91
1994 #5First Round#12 W. KentuckyL 73–84
1998 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Oregon
#4 Iowa State
#1 Tennessee
W 79–76
W 62–61
L 60–92
1999 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Dartmouth
#6 Arizona
#2 Texas Tech
#1 Purdue
W 84–70
W 90–47
W 53–42
L 62–75
2000 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 Holy Cross
#10 St. Joseph's
#11 UAB
#1 Georgia
#1 Tennessee
W 91–70
W 59–39
W 60–45
W 59–51
L 54–64
2001 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Stephen F. Austin
#5 SW Missouri State
W 80–43
L 53–60
2003 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 W. Kentucky
#5 Georgia
W 64–52
L 64–74
2004 #7First Round#10 ChattanoogaL 69–74
2005 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Hartford
#6 Temple
#2 Ohio State
#1 Tennessee
W 62–37
W 61–54
W 64–58
L 49–59
2006 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Dartmouth
#11 TCU
#2 Tennessee
W 63–58
W 82–48
L 69–76
2007 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Title Game
#13 East Carolina
#5 Michigan State
#1 Duke
#3 Arizona State
#3 LSU
#1 Tennessee
W 77–34
W 70–57
W 53–52
W 64–45
W 59–35
L 46–59
2008 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Robert Morris
#7 Iowa State
#6 George Washington
#1 Connecticut
W 85–42
W 69–58
W 53–42
L 56–66
2009 #7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 VCU
#2 Auburn
#6 Purdue
W 57–51
W 80–52
L 61–67
2010 #9First Round#8 IowaL 63–70
2011 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Louisiana Tech
#2 Texas A&M
W 76–51
L 48–70
2012 #6First Round#11 GonzagaL 73–86
2015 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Seton Hall
#1 Connecticut
W 79–66
L 55–91
2019 #7First Round#10 BuffaloL 71–82
2021 #6First Round#11 BYUL 66–69

AIAW Division I

The Scarlet Knights made four appearances in the AIAW National Division I basketball tournament, with a combined record of 7–4.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1979 First Round
Quarterfinals
Tennessee
Long Beach State
W, 73–66
L, 51–69
1980 First Round
Quarterfinals
Central Missouri State
Providence
Old Dominion
W, 87–75
W, 70–54
L, 62–84
1981 First Round
Quarterfinals
Clemson
Long Beach State
W, 99–76
L, 73–77
1982 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Georgia Southern
Minnesota
Villanova
Texas
W, 89–79
W, 83–75
W, 83–75
W, 83–77

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