ATHENS, GREECE – Rutgers women’s basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer and the 2004 U.S. Women’s Basketball Olympic Team defeated Greece 102-72 in the quarterfinals Aug. 25, advancing the Americans to the medal semifinals Aug. 27. Stringer is serving as an assistant coach for the two-time defending gold medalist U.S. team.
The Americans’ 27-19 lead at the end of the first quarter quickly grew to 21 points (55-34) at halftime, as the outcome was never really in doubt. Shannon Johnson led six U.S. players in double figures with her 21 points.
The U.S. will play Russia in the semifinals Friday, Aug. 27. That game is scheduled to be shown on the USA Network at 7:30 a.m.
Stringer, who will begin her 33rd season on the college sidelines this fall, owns the fourth-highest victory total in women’s college basketball history (695-239), including a 175-104 mark in her nine seasons at Rutgers. A member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, the three-time national coach of the year remains the only coach, men’s or women’s, to lead three different schools to the NCAA Tournament Final Four (Cheyney in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers in 2000).