Stringer a winner in many ways
Updated: November 19, 2003, 3:17 PM ETBy Nancy Lieberman | Special to ESPN.com
By the time the season ends, C. Vivian Stringer could join a short, elite list of women's coaches who have won 700 games.Even if Stringer doesn't reach the milestone this season, she's already one of the game's most accomplished coaches.
|Tonight's semifinal should be a great game as two of the game's brightest female coaches clash. Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer and Michigan's Cheryl Burnett -- in her first season with the Wolverines since leaving Southwest Missouri State in 2002 -- both know the game inside and out. Rutgers is riddled with injuries, so junior guard Cappie Pondexter will again be counted on to shoulder a lot of the Scarlet Knights' offense. Pondexter is an excellent scoring point guard who has excelled in Stringer's system. Rutgers seems to play better when it gets out to an early lead, so the opening minutes of tonight's game are really important for the Scarlet Knights. They play more comfortable with the lead, and it also allows them to push tempo and be really aggressive defensively and force turnovers -- things that Stringer's teams are known for.|