Mother of Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer dies

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) The mother of Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer has died.

Rutgers announced the death of Thelma Stoner on Wednesday. Williamson Mortuary says Stoner, of Riverdale, Georgia, died on Monday.

Stringer missed a game on Jan. 16 against Nebraska to be with her mother during her illness.

The 67-year-old Stringer thanked her ''friends, fans and members of the Rutgers Athletics community who have reached out with sympathy and support during these past difficult weeks.''

Assistant coach Timothy Eatman will take over head coaching duties when the Scarlet Knights travel to Minnesota and Penn State this week.

Stringer has entered her 21st season at Rutgers. She's the first basketball coach - male or female - to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four (Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers).

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