Rutgers was indeed fortunate when Susan J. Wicks demonstrated her considerable talent as a member of the women’s basketball team in the 1980s. Good fortune smiled on Rutgers again when Wicks returned to the Banks to coach. As a Scarlet Knight from 1984–88, Wicks was one of the dominant forces in women’s collegiate basketball. She was named a Kodak All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year three times, among many other awards. She was the Scarlet Knights’ all-time leader in blocked shots with 293, steals with 287, and career scoring average at 21.1 points per game, to name just a few of her achievements. Her 2,655 total points is the record point total for both men and women basketball players at Rutgers. She remains the most highly decorated player in Rutgers history. In 1998, her jersey, No. 23, was retired, making her only the second female player at Rutgers to earn that honor. After graduating, she excelled as a player overseas and with the WNBA’s New York Liberty. In 2005, Wicks was named assistant coach of the Scarlet Knights under head coach C. Vivian Stringer. The next year, she left to become assistant coach for the women’s basketball team at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York.
Susan J. Wicks
Women’s National Basketball Association Player
Cook College 1988
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