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Rutgers Women's Basketball History

December 17, 1974...The Beginning... In its first ever women’s basketball contest, Rutgers defeats Princeton 76-60, in Piscataway.

Theresa Grentz

August 1976...Dynasty Begins... Theresa Shank Grentz is named Rutgers’ first full-time women’s basketball coach and becomes the first in the nation.

March 15, 1980...Century Mark... The 100th victory of the program, a 70-54 win over Providence.

June Olkowski

March 21, 1980...Final Eight... Led by Joanne Burke and June Olkowski combining for over 30 points per game, Rutgers caps off a 28-5 season by making it to the Final Eight in the AIAW National Tournament.

March 1981...All-American... After averaging 18.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during the 1980-81 season, Kris Kirchner is named a Kodak-All-American, the first in Scarlet Knight women’s basketball history.

AIWA Champs

March 28, 1982...Champs!!... Tournament MVP Patty Coyle scores 30 points and Terry Dorner adds 25 as Rutgers wins the AIAW National Championship with a thrilling 83-77 victory over Texas.

June Olkowski

March 1982...Olkowski Honored... June Olkowski, who averaged 19.6 points and 10.1 rebounds for the season, becomes only the second Rutgers player to be named a Kodak All-American. She later becomes the only women’s basketball player to have her jersey retired.

Jan. 2. 1985...200 Wins... Led by freshman Sue Wicks’ 23 points, Rutgers captures the 200th victory in the program’s history, a 66-63 decision over Big Eight foe Missouri.

March 1986...NCAA... Following a 27-3 regular season, including a perfect 14-0 at home, RU garners its first NCAA Tournament berth and advances to the East Regional Final.

Wick and Sticks

March 1986...Another All-American... Following her sophomore season, Sue Wicks becomes the third Rutgers player named to the Kodak All-American team, the only underclassman on the 10-member squad. It is the first of three straight Kodak All-American honors for Wicks.

March 7, 1987...A-10 Champions... With a 93-48 win over St. Joseph’s, the Knights add another Atlantic 10 Championship to its 30-win season and No. 5 national ranking.

March 1988...Back-to-Back... Rutgers repeats as A-10 Tournament Champions and caps off its third consecutive undefeated season at home en route to a 27-5 record and NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.

April 1988...Wicks is Best... Three-time All-American Sue Wicks, who scored a whopping 2,655 points on the “Banks,” is named Naismith Player of the Year as the nation’s best female basketball player.

December 7, 1988...300 Wins... 300th win in Scarlet Knight women’s basketball history, a 74-71 defeat of St. John’s.

March, 1989...Team of the year, again!... Following a 24-7 season which included a fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, Rutgers is named ECAC Team of the Year for the fourth consecutive season.

February 15, 1993...400 Wins... In the midst of an eight-game winning streak, Rutgers picks up the 400th win of the program’s history, a 63-37 conquest of Army at the RAC.

Green and Cop

March 15, 1993...Return to Victory Lane... Regina Kalucki’s 20 points help break open a halftime deadlock and bring the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament title back to the “Banks” with a 59-51 victory over St. Joseph’s.

January 17, 1994...Upset of the Decade... Caroline DeRoose’s 35 points lead Rutgers to an 87-77 victory over the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, Tennessee. It marks the first and only time that an unranked team has defeated the No. 1 team in the nation.

March 13, 1994...Repeat... Rutgers avenges a 3-point halftime deficit to repeat as Atlantic-10 Tournament Champions with a 79-71 victory over George Washington.

March 16, 1994...Nine in a Row... Rutgers advances to the NCAA Tournament for the ninth straight season and posts their ninth straight 20+ win season.

> 1995-Present

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