So it was fitting that it took her five tries to become the fourth women's basketball coach to have 900 victories. She finally reached the milestone Tuesday night with Rutgers' 68-56 win over South Florida.
Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell in the exclusive club. Maybe a half dozen more women's coaches might gain entrance over the next few years. Only three Division I men's coaches have reached 900 victories — Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight and Jim Boeheim.
Stringer, who was the first coach in men's or women's basketball to take three different schools to the Final Four — including Rutgers in 2000 and '07 — fought back tears as her team celebrated their coach's entrance to the group.