PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The 800-win club has a new member: C. Vivian Stringer.
Stringer joined Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt as the only women's coaches to win 800 as No. 4 Rutgers beat DePaul 60-46 Wednesday night.
"No one is more respected than Pat and Jody," Stringer said. "To be mentioned in the same breath is humbling."
Knowing it was a special night, DePaul coach Doug Bruno had his entire team shake Stringer's hand during warmups. Bruno also coached DePaul when Summitt beat the Blue Demons for her 800th.
Everyone in the crowd was given signs marking the 800th victory. With 30 seconds left they gave the Hall of Fame coach a standing ovation and chanted her initials. When the clock reached zero, Essence Carson, who scored 20, threw her coach the game ball.
"It was her ball, she deserved it," Carson said.
Afterward, each player gave Stringer a single red rose, which made her tear up.
"I tried to think about other things so that I wouldn't cry," Stringer said.
NO. 8 BAYLOR 76, COLO. 62: Angela Tisdale scored 30, 17 on free throws, as the Bears won their 17th straight home game.
NO. 10 OU 65, TEXAS TECH 55: Courtney Paris and Danielle Robinson scored 19 for visiting Oklahoma, and Paris added 22 rebounds to extend her double-double streak to 87 games.
NO. 15 GW 75, RICHMOND 59: Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 15 of her 19 for the visiting Colonials.
NO. 16 UTAH 68, TCU 53: The host Utes won their 19th straight to earn at least a share of the Mountain West title.
NO. 20 TEXAS A&M 63, NO. 17 OKLA. ST. 57: Danielle Gant scored 14 of her 18 in the second half and the Aggies rallied from 13 down to tie the host Cowgirls atop the Big 12.
NO. 21 KANSAS ST. 69, NEB. 65: Shalee Lehning tied a career high with 12 assists and hit the go-ahead basket with 22 seconds left for the host Wildcats.
NO. 24 WYOMING 68, COLO. ST. 46: Justyna Podziemska scored 19 to lead the host Cowgirls.
NO. 25 MARIST 70, ST. PETER'S 57: Rachele Fitz had 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Red Foxes to their 17th straight win.
IGNOBLE MARK: Fordham tied the Division I women's record for futility in a season, losing 79-55 to visiting Charlotte and dropping to 0-28. The record was reached by Charleston in 1990-91 and Centenary in 1999-2000.
USF loses by 43
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame used a 27-5 run in the first half to gain control and continued to pull away to beat USF 92-49.
"They showed tonight how good they are," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. ''I'm disappointed in our guys that we couldn't give them a much better game."
USF (13-14, 3-11 Big East), which has lost five straight road games, tied Seton Hall for 13th place and needs help to make the conference tournament. It trailed the Irish (22-6, 10-4) 46-15 at halftime.
TAMPA 74, FLA. SO. 62: Sheena Walton had 21 points, seven rebounds and four blocks, and the visiting Spartans (21-5, 12-3 Sunshine State) swept the season series.
SAINT LEO 80, ECKERD 73, OT: Melissa Guerero scored a career-high 25 and added 12 rebounds for the host Lions (13-13, 6-9 SSC), who scored six straight in overtime to put away the Tritons (15-11, 5-10).