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Rutgers & # 39; Stringer is pulling out of the rest of the regular season

Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who scored his 1,000th win earlier this season, will start the rest of the regular season on doctors' advice.

The announcement of Sunday's Big Ten Conference School took place three days after the 70-year-old Hall of Famer missed a game in Michigan.

Rutgers said Stringer is expected for the postseason. The Scarlet Knights (18-8, 10-5) were ranked earlier this month and are expected to contest the NCAA tournament.

Assistant coach Tim Eatman will act as acting coach during the Big Ten Conference Tournament.

"As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision, but in consultation with my doctors, it's in my best interest to spend time getting well before returning to the daily routine of coaching," said Stringer.

"I know that our young ladies will be able to complete the season with Scarlet Knight basketball and I will rejoin the team as soon as possible," she added.

Eatman served as deputy head coach in three games following the illness and death of stringer's mother Thelma Stoner in 2016.

Rutgers has three regular season contests starting with a home game against Wisconsin on Monday.

Stringer won her 1,000th win on November 13th with a 73-44 decision over Central Connecticut State.

She was the fifth Division I women's trainer to reach the milestone and sixth overall. She is the first African American trainer to reach the goal.

The others are Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell. Division II coach Barbara Stevens has won more than 1,000 games.

Stringer has a career mark of 1015-410 in 48 seasons, making him the sixth-highest trainer in women's basketball. She is 495-275 in 24 seasons at Rutgers.

Stringer is the only women's coach to bring three different teams to the Final Four: Cheyney State in 1982, Iowa in 1993, and Rutgers in 2000 and 2007. Her teams have participated in 26 of the 36 NCAA tournaments and played 10 regional finals.

Rutgers recently appeared in the 2015 NCAA tournament.

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