For Tomora Young, assistant director of the Red Bank Parks & Recreation department, the remarkable run of the Rutgers women’s basketball team in the season that wrapped up six weeks ago had a powerful personal dimension to it.
Not only is she a former Scarlet Knights starter; she’d arrived on the New Brunswick hardwood in 1995, at the same time as Coach Vivian Stringer. A 5-foot-10 guard, Young helped the Scarlet Knights earn back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths, including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 1998 and the Elite Eight in 1999.
The team’s achievements in those years, Young believes, helped lay the groundwork for its greatest-yet success: this year’s trip to the NCAA championship game, which the Lady Knights lost, 59-46, to Tennessee.
It was against that backdrop that Young collected the latest of many honors bestowed on her for her achievements as a student athlete. On April 29, at a dinner to recognize this year’s team and its first-ever Big East championship, she was inducted into the Rutgers Basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s an honor for this to happen this year, with all the hard work this team put in,” Young told redbankgreen when we ran into her last week Friday at the Red Bank Middle School career day.