The Rutgers women’s basketball team have added eight newcomers to the roster for this season, including six transfers. It will be a unique challenge for head coach C. Vivian Stringer, who returns for her 27th season on the benches. Replacing last year’s top five scorers and a core group that produced two top three in the Big Ten over the past three seasons won’t be easy. Establishing clear roles and good team chemistry is key to team success this winter.
Although preseason practices don’t begin until later this month, the route to making a 17th NCAA tournament appearance with Stringer at the helm at Piscataway is now known. Rutgers announced their full schedule for the 2021-2022 season last week in conjunction with the Big Ten. It includes 12 non-conference games and 18 league games.
The Scarlet Knights open the season with five straight home games starting Nov. 9 against St. Peters, South Alabama, Fairfield, Stony Brook and Harvard.
On Thanksgiving weekend, UK will face DePaul, Vanderbilt and last season’s national runner-up in Arizona at Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Islands. The game against DePaul has additional intrigue as former All-Big forward Tekia Mack transferred from Rutgers to the Blue Demons after last season to play in her hometown of Chicago for her final college season.
Rutgers will next travel to Pitt for the Big Ten / ACC Challenge on December 1. The Big Ten game begins for the Scarlet Knights days later against Maryland, who are the reigning Big Ten Tournament champions and made the Sweet 16 last season. They will then visit Penn State for two conference games in early December.
The remainder of the non-conference program ends at home against Delaware State, Central Connecticut State and Wagner.
Conference play is in full swing just before the New Year as Indiana visits the RAC. The Hoosiers finished second in the conference last season, a place ahead of RU, but the two teams did not play as the only scheduled game was postponed due to COVID-19.
Other Big Ten enemies who will be playing Piscataway this season include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Iowa.
Other road championship games include Purdue, Michigan, Nebraska, Maryland, Ohio State, Northwestern, Minnesota and Illinois.
The playoffs begin with the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament March 2-6 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Rutgers will look to make his third straight NCAA tournament for the first time since Stringer led the program to 10 straight appearances from 2003 to 2012. It is important to note that RU was 22-9 and in line to also compete in the 2020 NCAA tournament, which would have earned them a fourth straight offer this season, but it was canceled due to COVID-19.
The Scarlet Knights are 49-8 at the RAC over the past four seasons and tickets for that season can be purchased here.
Here’s the full roster for the upcoming season for Rutgers Women’s Basketball.
November 9 against Saint-Pierre
November 12 vs. South Alabama
November 14 vs. Fairfield
November 16 against Stony Brook
November 19 against Harvard
Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Islands
November 25 against DePaul (neutral site)
November 26 against Vanderbilt (neutral site)
November 27 vs Arizona (neutral site)
December 1 in Pittsburgh (Big Ten Challenge / ACC)
December 5 vs. Maryland
December 9 at Penn State
December 12 against the State of Delaware
December 14 vs. Central Connecticut State
December 18 against Wagner
December 30 vs. Indiana
January 2 at Purdue
January 6 vs. Minnesota
January 9 in Michigan
January 16 vs. Wisconsin
January 20 in Nebraska
January 23 against Ohio State
January 27 in Maryland
January 30 against Michigan State
February 7 at Ohio State
February 10 northwest
February 13 against Penn State
February 17 in Minnesota
February 20 vs. Purdue
February 24 vs. Iowa
February 27 in Illinois
Big Ten tournament from March 2 to 6