NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (April 15, 2014) – The Rutgers women’s basketball team celebrated its 2014 WNIT Championship with the tradition of the ringing of the bell at Old Queens on Tuesday.
The Old Queens Bell is a celebrated icon of the university’s history. The bell was a gift from Colonel Henry Rutgers in 1826 along with his donation, which kept the then struggling school open. As a show of gratitude, the university was named in the colonel’s honor.
Before the university expanded beyond the Old Queens campus, the bell was rung to signal daily worship and the change of classes. As the university’s footprint grew, the ringing of the bell took on new meaning and was reserved to mark significant occasions, including those of prized athletic success.
The bell is also rung every year to mark commencement, welcome first-year students at the new student convocation and on Rutgers Day, the annual celebration of all things Rutgers.
This will be the fourth time in program history that the Rutgers women’s basketball team has rung the Old Queens bell. The first time the women’s team rang the bell was in 1982 after winning the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championship and did so again in 2000 and 2007 after reaching the Final Four.
The WNIT Championship Scarlet Knights will also be honored at the spring football game at High Point Solutions Stadium on Saturday, April 26.
Fans are invited to meet and greet the 2014 WNIT champions and take photos with the championship trophy outside the stadium on the North Plaza from 3-3:45 p.m. Additionally, the 10 members of the Rutgers women’s basketball team will be recognized at halftime.
Led by head coach C. Vivian Stringer in her 19th season at the helm, the Scarlet Knights won their final three games of the WNIT on the road, including a 56-54 victory over UTEP in the championship game in front of 12,222 at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
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