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Where are they now?
Does coaching make a difference? Do college athletes gain anything more than game skills in the course of their careers? Given the money and attention that sports receive in our culture, these questions are frequently asked. We offer the updates below on some of the players from Coach Stringer’s 2000-01 team as anecdotal evidence for anyone looking to draw conclusions.

And before anyone thinks that things like championships, record books, awards, press clippings and diplomas are the only measure, we conclude with these widely reported statistics from the Institute for Athletics and Education:

High school girls who play sports are:

- 80% less likely to be involved in an unwanted pregnancy
- 92% less likely to be involved with drugs
- Three times more likely to graduate from high school

As quoted in “Psychology of sports in children: what girls learn from athletics” by Mary Miller

Current information (as of January 2004)
Dana Boonen (‘01) has been playing professionally in France, Belgium and Spain.

Mandy Clark (‘04) is playing for the Division I Delaware State Hornets. She is a frequent high-scorer.

Davalyn Cunningham (’02) has been playing professionally in Portugal. In 2002 she was the second-round selection of the Orlando Miracle.

Linda Miles tried out for the Seattle Storm during the summer of 2001, but was cut in training camp. In 2002, she won the World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) “Tough Enough 2” competition on MTV, earning one of the two wrestling contracts the group awards. She continues to appear in WWE events, now under the name Shaniqua.

Tasha Pointer was listed on the training camp roster for the Chicago Blaze, a team in the NWBL Pro League, as of January 2004. She has also completed a Masters degree in Education.

Tammy Sutton-Brown has completed two seasons as a center on the Charlotte Sting. She helped them win the 2001 Eastern Conference Title and was one of their highest scorers in the finals against the LA Sparks. In 2002, Tammy was a WNBA All-Star, and once again helped lead her team to the 2002 WNBA Playoffs. She averaged 11.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a second-year player, starting 29 of 32 games.

Coach Stringer earned her 650th career victory against Seton Hall in January of 2002. As of January 2004, she was the fourth winningest coach in women’s basketball.



Coach Stringer talks about herself as a symbol

Coach Stringer talks about herself as a symbol
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Marianna Freeman, a Coach Stringer Alumna

Marianna Freeman, a Coach Stringer Alumna
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“Benefits of Investing in Sport” by the Edmonton Sports Council
Copious statistics and a lengthy list of additional resources.
» view article

Related links:

Fan’s site following the Scarlet Knights in the pros

Official site for the WNBA

Official site for NCAA Women’s Basketball

Rutgers’ links to articles from the 2000-2001 Season’ (New Jersey’s Home on the Internet) archive of Rutgers’ basketball stories for 2001

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