Rutgers thrashed by UCONN

By Richard G. Kent BASN Staff writer
Updated: March 8, 2011

Connecticut — Vivian Stringer is one of the top recruiters in the women’s game. Vivian Stringer is one of the poorest bench coaches in the game today. that comment was never more obvious than in Monday night’s annual thrashing by UConn in the semis of the Big East tournament in Hartford.

Sure UConn rarely loses. But UConn also rarely plays a team with as much talent as them. Rutgers is one of those teams. They boast 3 players who nearly every coach in the country wanted coming out of high school,Chelsey Lee who UConn coveted,April Sykes and Nikki Speed,recruited heavily by Duke.

UConn won 75-51 but the game was not that close.

Stringer for once had numbers against UConn. The Huskies only play 6 players. She has a team that can press. She didn’t press. When asked about this after the game,she could not provide an answer.

UConn center Stefanie Dolson was out for about 5 minutes of the first half. Stringer played small during that time frame and only once tried to get the ball inside. It worked.

It is true that only Baylor and Notre Dame played UConn close. Stanford beat them at their place.

Rutgers is as talented as ND but not as cohesive. Stringer by all accounts spends little time practicing offense and feels that her offense should derive from their defense. It doesn’t against UConn.

Maybe next year is always the familiar refrain for Rutgers fans. Let’s go on record as saying not next year for the Knights.