Women's Hoops Blog

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Speaking of Legends of Our Game:
C. Vivian Stringer missed her flight to Springfield, Mass., on Wednesday morning. Those who know Stringer, the women’s basketball coach at Rutgers, said this was the predictable result of an emotional overload that been building since February, when she learned that she was being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

So instead of flying, Stringer made the 175-mile drive from Piscataway N.J., to Springfield. Just as well. She had a chance to calm her nerves, savor the moment and reflect on a journey that has carried her to Springfield, where she will be inducted with one of the most outstanding classes in Hall of Fame history.
My favorite thing about CViv? (Other than her mastery of the ellipsis during her post-game conferences?)
Recently inducted into the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, her name can be found enshrined in several other Halls, including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Alumni Hall of Fame at her alma mater, Slippery Rock University. And yet she never envisioned being a coach.

“I wanted to play,” said Stringer. “I would have played the rest of my life.”