Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer turned to senior forward Joslyn Tinkle and marveled that she had just won her 400th conference game.
The second-ranked Cardinal earned the top seed in the Fresno region and found out Monday they will face No. 16 seed Hampton in the first round Saturday.
Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike has earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, while the Cardinal’s Tara VanDerveer is Coach of the Year for the second straight season.
Forget a traditional Stanford model with this year’s team. Tara VanDerveer plans an up-tempo, run-the-floor style—and has the backcourt talent and depth to do it.
Chris Mullin was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday to begin the ceremony for the class of 2011, earning basketball’s highest individual honor.
Chris Mullin and Tara VanDerveer were among the new members of the Basketball the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2011 class announced on Monday at the Final Four. Also elected was former Detroit Piston “bad boy” Dennis Rodman.
VanDerveer should have quite a week ahead. Her top-seeded Cardinal (33-2) take on No. 2 seed Texas A&M in the national semifinals at the Final Four. She could also be named to the Naismith Hall of Fame on Monday night.
Tara VanDerveer remembers the moment almost as if it were yesterday: Candice Wiggins and her fellow starters huddled in a circle, holding hands in close-knit celebration after finally ending Stanford’s 10-year Final Four drought.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the top-seeded Cardinal took their initial step toward a fourth straight trip to the Final Four by beating UC Davis 86-59 in the first round Saturday.
The one remarkable run they can wrap up with two more NCAA wins: a perfect record on their home floor in Maples Pavilion for their four-year careers.