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Stanford women suffer hoop upset as VanDerveer has to wait for No. 800

 

There was no celebrating for the Stanford women's basketball team on Thursday night. There was no cake or cards or handshakes for head coach Tara VanDerveer. The wait for her career victory No. 800 continues.

The milestone victory is still on hold after the No. 3-ranked Cardinal was upset by host DePaul, 91-71, in Chicago. The No. 22 Blue Demons not only prevented VanDerveer from getting No. 800 but they avenged a 96-60 loss at Stanford last season.

This outcome, however, was equally decisive and more significant.

VanDerveer came into the game with a career record of 799-196 in her 32nd season as a head coach. She had hoped to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell as women's college coaches with 800 wins.

"It's really totally irrelevant as far as I'm concerned," VanDerveer said.

VanDerveer will now have to wait until at least Sunday, when the Cardinal (6-1) visits Tennessee in the annual grudge game between the perennial powers.

Keisha Hampton scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half and Felicia Chester had a career-high 24 to help DePaul (13-1) run its winning streak to 10 games.

DePaul's win was especially pleasing for coach Doug Bruno. Both Stringer and Summitt got their 800th victories against DePaul.

Senior Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford with 23 points. The Cardinal played without senior Kayla Pedersen, who was kept out because of a head injury.

Pedersen, the No. 10 scorer and No. 4 rebounder in Stanford history, bumped her head while taking a charge in the first half Sunday against Fresno State and did not return.

VanDerveer told the Associated Press that she wasn't told that Pedersen had a concussion but that the guard/forward was experiencing headaches.

When Pedersen didn't take the floor Thursday night, it ended a string of 121 straight starts dating to the 2007-08 opener. The 6-foot-4 senior is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Joslyn Tinkle started in her place and scored nine points.

After leading by only two at the half, DePaul broke away in the second with a 17-2 run early in the second. It was only a 44-43 after Pohlen made two free throws with 17:17 left to play. When Pohlen made a layup with 14:09 left, DePaul held a 52-45 lead. When Pohlen made a three-pointer at the 11:42 mark, the Cardinal trailed by 61-48.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Associated Press

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