CHICAGO — Brittany Hrynko's 3-pointer with 10.2 seconds left lifted DePaul to a 60-57 win over Rutgers, denying C. Vivian Stringer her 900th career victory Tuesday night.
Stringer was trying to become the fourth women's coach to reach the 900-win plateau, joining Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell. Stringer's next shot will come Saturday at home against Connecticut.
Only three men's coaches have reached the 900-win plateau: Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim and Bob Knight.
With the game tied, Hrynko hit a 3 from the top of the key to give the Blue Demons the lead. Rutgers had a last chance, but Syessence Davis fell short.
Katherine Harry scored a game-high 16 points, Hrynko had 15 and Jasmine Penny added 12 for the Blue Demons (18-7, 7-4 Big East), now 4-0 at McGrath-Phillips Arena against Rutgers.
Erica Wheeler and Rachel Hollivay each had 12 points as the Scarlett Knights (14-9, 5-5) who had rallied from an 18-point second half deficit to take a late lead.
Wearing a simple black pantsuit with white lapels and cuffs, Stringer walked onto the DePaul court and smiled as a small delegation of Rutgers fans greeted her with applause.
The Scarlet Knights played a Blue Demon team depleted by injuries, including starter Anna Martin, a pre-season all-Big East pick who has missed six games with a knee injury. DePaul had just eight active players.
Yet the Blue Demons used an early 12-2 run to establish a lead and opened a 22-12 edge at 9:52 on Hrynko's jumper. The Scarlet Knights had six early turnovers and shot just 7-for-19 (36.8 percent) in the first 12 minutes.
DePaul doubled the score by the 5:05 mark as Harry's successful baseline shot made it 28-14. The Blue Demons went on to a 35-19 halftime lead behind Hrynko's nine points.
Harry gave DePaul its biggest lead when her bank shot made it 37-19 early in the second half.
After that, a revived Rutgers team started to chip away. The Scarlet Knights cut the deficit to 41-33 a pair of Hollivay free throws with 14:01 left. Less than four minutes later, the game was tied after a pair of 3-pointers of Wheeler and Hollivay's layup with 9:53 left.
Rutgers went up 51-48 before going without a field goal for 4:41.
The game was tied at 57 on Davis' basket and foul with under a minute to play. She missed the free throw and DePaul got the ball setting up Hrynko's 3-pointer and leaving Stringer stuck at 899.
The Hall of Fame coach earned her 800th career victory against DePaul in 2008.