Uploaded: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 6:38 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2012, 9:46 AM
VanDerveer gets 700th career win at Stanford
|Tara VanDerveer barely had time to soak up her 700th career victory at Stanford before the longtime Cardinal women's basketball coach was asked whether she'd be sticking around to make a run at 800.
"That's only three years if you can get 30 a year," VanDerveer said.
The second-ranked Cardinal is certainly showing no signs of slowing down this season and are barreling toward the postseason looking for their fifth straight appearance in the Final Four.
At this rate, there's no telling when VanDerveer might quit.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 16 points and had 12 rebounds, older sister Nnemkadi added 15 points and five blocks and No. 2 Stanford beat Utah, 69-42, on Saturday to extend the nation's longest active home winning streak to 78 games. Stanford hasn't lost anywhere since a 68-58 setback at Connecticut on Nov. 21. and has won 22 straight since.
The Cardinal completed the season sweep of the Utes while giving their Hall of Fame coach her milestone win.
"It would have happened sooner if Nneka had a clone," joked VanDerveer, who is fifth on the all-time coaching list with 852 wins. "She coached me before the game. She said, `Tara, keep it together.' I did my best . . . but you're lucky if you ever have a player like this in your career."
Joslyn Tinkle had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (26-1, 17-0 Pac-12), who led the entire way and ran its conference winning streak to 74 despite going just 2-of-12 on 3-pointers.
The Utes trailed by as much as 27 and never recovered after shooting 23.8 percent in the first half.
"Playing a team like this, it takes a little while to get used to the size and the pace," Utah coach Anthony Levrets said. "We didn't shoot well but a lot of that has to do with how (the Cardinal) defend."
VanDerveer became just the seventh coach to win 700 games at one school with Stanford's 23rd straight victory this season. She joined a list that includes Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma.
The crowd at Maples Pavilion rose in unison to give VanDerveer a standing ovation after the final buzzer sounded, though the veteran coach showed little emotion.
Instead, she seemed more caught up in the postgame ceremony honoring Stanford's four seniors, including team captain Nneka Ogwumike, who has never lost a home game in her four years on The Farm.
"Defending Maples has been real important," Ogwumike said. "We've had a lot of great teams come through here and we've done a good job of getting all the young players to understand how important it is to win here."
The Cardinal got its normal scoring from the Ogwumike sisters, who combined to go 12-of-23 from the floor. Stanford also got a big lift from freshman guard Amber Orrange, who had 12 points and four rebounds.
Now it's just a matter of Stanford tightening up things in its bid for the postseason.
The second-ranked Cardinal host Seattle University in a non-conference game on Wednesday before closing out the Pac-12 slate on the road against California on March 4.
Stanford had no problem scoring against Utah and rode one of its best defensive efforts of the season to the lopsided win.
Chris Hines scored 19 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 27 seconds left, and Utah defeated Stanford, 58-57, on Saturday in Salt Lake City to halt an eight-game losing streak.
The win provided a little salvation for the Utes (6-22, 3-13 Pac 12), who closed out the home portion of their inaugural Pac-12 campaign with a 6-9 record -- their first losing mark at home in 38 years.
The game went down to the wire like the first meeting, which Stanford won, 68-65, back on Jan. 12 at Maples Pavilion.
Freshman Chasson Randle had a chance to win it for Stanford but missed a long 3-pointer at the buzzer. Randle led Stanford (19-10, 9-8 Pac-12) with 19 points, including five 3-pointers.
Stanford had a comfortable lead early, but squandered it.
— Associated Press/Palo Alto Online Sports
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