The Cagers took the Rolling RAC to UConn on Friday, March 22, as #7 seed Rutgers played # 10 seed Buffalo in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. The Scarlet Knights were defeated 82-71 and eliminated from the Tournament. We salute players, coaches and staff and congratulate them on a 22-10 season with many challenges. Wait til next year!
At a special team breakfast on April 29, the following awards were presented:
All-Big 10 Academic Team – Victoria Harris and Mael Gilles
Kevin Collins Award for Most Improved GPA – Mael Gilles
Gianna DeVeitro Award for Manager of the Year – Eryca Bennett
Scholar-Athlete Award -- Noga Peleg Pelc
Newcomer of the Year – Arella Guirantes
Defensive Player of the Year – Tekia Mack
Sportsmanship Award – Victoria Harris
Teammate of the Year – Charise Wilson
Most Valuable Player – Stasha Carey
To recap the 2018-19 season, in the 3rd game of the season, RU beat Central Connecticut State for the 1000th win in the illustrious career of Rutgers Women’s Hall of Fame Basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer. The RAC was packed with fans, NJ Governor Phil Murphy, former assistant coaches and players from Coach Stringer's 46-year career at Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. The Cagers joined in the post-game celebration and we salute legendary coach Stringer on her remarkable career.
The Scarlet Knights ended the regular season with a road win against Ohio State 66-56 on March 3 to finish the regular season at 21-8 and 13-5 in the B1G 10. RU went straight into the quarterfinals of the B1G Tournament with a 3rd place conference finish, its highest since joining the B1G 10. In the Tourney, the Scarlet Knights defeated Purdue before losing to eventual Tournament Champion Iowa in the semifinals. Before both games, the cheerleaders, Rutgers band and the Cagers members attending the Indianapolis event gathered in the lobby of the team hotel to send them off in style! The team finished at 22-9 overall and went on to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014-15. Sadly, they lost to Buffalo, but played their hearts out.
Senior Night saw an RU victory over Minnesota, 60-54 on February 28, avenging a previous loss to the Golden Gophers. Congrats to the team and thank you to R Seniors, Victoria Harris, Sierra Calhoun, Charise Wilson and Stasha Carey! And the Cagers were honored at halftime for their fervent support of RUWBB. See below for the special video tribute to the Cagers from RUWBB.
The final Cagers Club "Huddle" of the season was held before the Maryland game. Associate Strength and Conditioning Coach Glenn Cain explained how the team is using technology to help the players reach their maximum levels of fitness and enables him to tailor programs for each individual on the team.