Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer made it abundantly clear she will not accept a bid to the WNIT.
"People have asked me would we got to the NIT," Stringer told the Associated Press after a 60-52 loss to No.18 St. John's on Wednesday. "I don't know anything about the NIT and I guarantee you I won't be coaching a team that goes to the NIT. So if we don't go to the NCAA, we ain't going to the NIT. That's second in my opinion, and I never will accept and never have accepted it. So don't even ask me that question, ever."
Rutgers hasn't missed the NCAA Tournament since 2002.
"When that happens, I get as far away from basketball games," Stringer said to the AP. "I don't want to see anything that reminds me. I'll put a wig on and pretend that I am someone else."
All hasn't been right for Rutgers (15-13, 7-7 Big East) the last several months. Three players -Epiphanny Prince, Brooklyn Pope, Christine Huber- left the team. Prince left to play overseas, Pope transferred to Baylor and Huber transferred to Northeastern.
It would take a strong run in the Big East Tournament for Rutgers to earn an at-large bid.