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The Run to the Final Four...

c.vivian stringer

From taking Cheyney to their first ever final four …to being named the first Black woman’s coach at the University of Iowa and ending her tenure at Rutgers University,
C. Vivian Stringer’s journey is truly a story of legends.
And along the way, she impacted hundreds if not thousands of young women, all this while enduring her own personal challenges.
Coach Stringer won 1,055 games and is one of six Division I head coaches in men’s or women’s basketball to win 1,000 games.
In any other industry, she is heralded as a monumental figure.

But first, the backstory:
The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was founded in 1971 and discontinued after the NCAA began sponsoring a women’s collegiate basketball tournament in 1982. (In 1982, both the AIAW and NCAA sponsored competing tournaments.) The AIAW tournament was preceded by a tournament sponsored by the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), which was held from 1969 to 1971.
The 1982 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament was the inaugural tournament hosted by the NCAA to determine the team national champion of women’s collegiate basketball among its Division II membership in the United States.
Cal Poly Pomona defeated Tuskegee in the championship game, 93–74, to claim the first-ever Division II national title.
There were two other Black college programs that entered the national tournament before the Lady Wolves. In 1975, The University of District of Columbia was an eight seed and Division II Talladega was the runnerup to Phillips College.

But back to Cheyney State.
When CU hired Charlene Vivian Stringer as a teacher, they had no idea the path they would take. In fact Cheyney became the first and only college to hire two future Hall of Fame coaches when John Chaney joined their coaching ranks.
Chaney made his impact when he led the men’s team to the 1978 NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The women’s team was not as well-respected until Stringer put together several winning seasons which culminated in the Lady Wolves Cinderalla run to the 1982 women’s finals.
On the way to the finals, they became only Historically Black College and University to win a women’s or men’s NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I Basketball Conference/Regional Championship.
The ’82 run began with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament on Feb. 27, 1982, by overwhelming Millersville State College 114-37 and Slippery Rock State College 92-33.
By the time the national tournament began, the Lady Wolves had climbed to No. 2 in the country, behind the Stringer-led frenetic pace they played at on both ends of the court. Led by two-time All-American forward Valerie Walker, and despite two end of the season lossses to Rutgers and ODU, they were set to enter the first-ever women’s NCAA tournament (what turned out to be the final AIAW tournament).
The team cruised past Auburn in its NCAA opener, then won its second-round matchup over North Carolina State by 13 points. The Lady Wolves dominated Kansas State by 22 points in the Elite Eight and advanced to the Final Four.
They stretched their win streak to 23 games with a 76-66 victory  over Maryland which set the stage against the no. 1 team in the country, Louisiana Tech (35-1). They fell short, 76-62, but it was a magnificent accomplishment considering the odds. In the end, they had a season for the ages, never to be forgotten.

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1982 Tournament Finals Team
Paulette Bigelow, Lena Dabney, Karen Draughn, G, Sandra Giddens, Rosetta Guilford, Yolanda Laney (All-Tournament Team), Ann Strong, Sharon Taylor, Debra Walker, F, Valerie Walker, F (All-Tournament Team), Faith Wilds

Milestones

Feb. 27, 2008. Stringer became the third women’s basketball coach to win 800 career games with a 60-46 victory over DePaul.
Nov. 13, 2018. Stringer became the fifth NCAA Div. I women’s basketball coach to reach 1,000 career wins with a 73-44 win over Central Connecticut. (The first African-American coach to reach the milestone).
Awards
Slippery Rock Hall of Fame (1984)
Naismith College Coach of the Year (1993)
Basketball Hall of Fame (2009)
Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2001)
2x WBCA National Coach of the Year Award (1988, 1993)
NCAA, Wade Trophy National Coach of the Year (1982)
2x Converse National Coach of the Year (1988, 1993)
2× Black Coaches Association Coach of the Year (1993, 1998)
Sports Illustrated Coach of the Year (1993)
USA Today Coach of the Year (1993)

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The Women's Basketball Ledger

Division Yr. School Results
AIAW
1975
UDC
T8
AIAW
1980
Cheyney
T24
AIAW
1981
Cheyney
QF
AIAW
1982
Cheyney
RU
AIAW
1982
Tuskegee
T4
AIAW
1979
Tuskegee
QF
AIAW
1981
Jackson St.
T16

Ledger:
CH  National Champion
RU  National Runner-up
SF ,  3rd ,  4th  Semifinals (3rd-4th place)
QF ,  5th ,  6th ,  T8  Quarterfinals (5th-8th place)
 T12 ,  T16  Round of 12 or 16 (9th-16th place)
 T24  Play-In Round (Starting 2013) Round of 24 (17th-24th place)

Division Yr. School Results
III
1981
Knoxville
QF
III
1982
Knoxville
QF
Division Yr. School Results
II
1975
Talladega
RU
II
1978
SC State
T24
II
1979
Tougaloo
QF
II
1979
SC State
CH
II
1980
SC State
R16
II
1980
Morgan State
Content
II
1980
Langston
R16
II
1981
Morgan State
R16
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