VanDerveer leads the way on Pac-12's All-Century hoop team


Tara VanDerveer was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century and eight former Stanford players were named to the roster on the Pac-12 All-Century Women's Basketball team, as announced on 'Pac-12 Sports Report' on Monday night.

Stanford's all-century representatives are: Jennifer Azzi (1987-90), Molly Goodenbour (1990-93), Sonja Henning (1988-91), Chiney Ogwumike (2011-14), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009-12), Nicole Powell (2001-04), Kate Starbird (1994-97) and Candice Wiggins (2005-08).

The eight Cardinal players is the most of any school on the 20-member squad.

Sixty-one panelists, consisting of media members, Pac-12 staff, coaches and players, were responsible for the selection of the team. Each panelist ranked their top 12 in each category, with their top selection receiving 12 points, their second selection receiving 11 points, etc. The points were then tallied across the entire panel, and the top vote-getters formed the All-Century Team. Only players who were active at their university while the university was a member of the Pac-12 were eligible.

Stanford leads the way with eight players. The only other schools with multiple All-Century starters are USC (five) and UCLA (three). The members of the team span five decades, a period when four NCAA championships have been won by current Pac-12 schools, two by the Cardinal

Tara VanDerveer, who began her career on The Farm in 1985 and who last week guided her team to the 1,000th victory in program history, leads Stanford's storied representatives.

VanDerveer is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame ('11) and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ('02). She has taken Stanford to 27 NCAA Tournaments, 11 Final Fours and won two NCAA titles. Stanford has won 22 regular-season crowns and won 11 conference tournaments under VanDerveer. a four-time National Coach of the Year (1988, 1989, 1990, 2011) and 14-time conference coach of the year (1989-90, 1995, 1997, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2011-14). She has a career record of 977-223 (.814) and had seven-straight years of 30 wins (2007-14), which included five straight Final Fours. She was head coach of the 1996 Olympic team that won the gold medal and was the USA Basketball Coach of the Year (1996).

Azzi is a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame ('09) and winner of the 1989-90 Honda Sports Award for women's basketball in addition to being the 1989-90 winner of the Wade Trophy and Naismith Trophy. She also won the 1989-90 Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA National Player of the Year award and was a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1989, 1990), three-time All-Pac-10 pick (1988-90) and a two-time WBCA first team All-American (1989, 1990). Azzi was the 1990 MVP of the Final Four as Stanford won its first national title. The Cardinal was 101-23 in her career with two Pac-10 titles and the 1990 NCAA title. She won a gold medal with the 1996 Olympic team.

Goodenbour was the 1992 MVP of the Final Four after an NCAA Tournament-record 18 3-pointers during that postseason and in 1992-93 was an All-Pac-10 pick. She finished with 178 career 3-pointers while her 441 assists are ninth all-time at Stanford. She was a member of the Cardinal's NCAA champion teams in 1990 and 1992 and made three straight Final Four appearances (1990-92). The Cardinal was 114-16 in her career. Goodenbour averaged 13.2 points and 5.9 assists per game as a senior in 1992-93.

Henning was the 1990-91 Pac-10 Player of the Year and a WBCA first team All-American that same year. She was a three-time All-Pac-10 pick (1988-90), was named the Women's Basketball News Service's National Freshman of the Year in 1988 and played in two straight Final Fours (1990, 1991) and won the 1990 NCAA title. The Cardinal posted a 113-15 record during her career. She finished her career as the conference and Stanford all-time leader with 757 assists and had a Pac-10 single-season record 237 assists in 1990-91 (7.4 average) to go along with 15.7 points. She twice led the Pac-10 in assists with 6.7 per game in 1989-90 and 7.4 per game in 1990-91 and averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 rebounds during the 1990 postseason.

Chiney Ogwumike was the 2013-14 winner of the John R. Wooden Award, the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the year for women's basketball and was the 2013 and '14 Pac-12 Player of the Year. She also was a three-time conference Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014) and the 2010-11 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, in addition to being a three-time WBCA first team All-American (2012, 2013, 2014) and a four-time all-conference pick (2011-14). She led the Cardinal to three Final Fours, finished as the conference's and Stanford's all-time scoring leader (2,737 career points) and all-time leader in rebounds (1,567). She left The Farm with the second-highest career rebounding average in Pac-12 history (10.8) after being a two-time league scoring champion. She averaged a conference single-season record 26.1 points in 2013-14, adding 12.1 rebounds per game and has two of the three highest single-season scoring outputs in conference history (967 in '14 and 805 in '13).

Nnemkadi Ogwumike was the 2010 and 2012 Pac-10 Player of the Year, a three-time WBCA first team All-American (2010, 2011, 2012) and a three-time all-conference pick (2010-12). She left Stanford as second all-time in conference history with 2,491 career points and also finished fourth all-time in league history with 1,226 career rebounds. She led the Cardinal to three Final Fours and the 2010 NCAA title game. She is the conference's only three-time scoring champion -- averaging 18.5 points per game in 2009-10, 17.5 in 2010-11 and 22.5 in 2011-12. She shot 62.9 percent from the field as a freshman in 2008-09, second in Pac-12 history.

Powell was the 2002 and 2004 Pac-10 Player of the Year and the 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. She was a three-time WBCA first team All-American (2002, 2003, 2004), a four-time All-Pac-10 selection (2001-04) and left Stanford third all-time with 2,062 points and as the Stanford career leader in rebounds (1,143, 9.6 career rebounding average). She led the Pac-10 in boards three times, with 8.5 per game in 2000-01, 9.3 in 2001-02 and 11.2 in 2003-04 and finished her career with 20.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. The Cardinal reached the 2004 Elite Eight and the 2002 Sweet 16.

Starbird was the 1997 winner of the Naismith Trophy, the winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale USBWA National Player of the Year award and the '97 WBCA National Player of the Year -- in addition to being a two-time WBCA first team All-American (1996, 1997) and the 1996 (co-) and 1997 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Starbird was a three-time All-Pac-10 pick (1995-97) and left Stanford fourth all-time in conference history and as the Stanford career leader with 2,215 points. She was the scoring leader on three Final Four teams (1995-97) and was the first Stanford woman since Jeanne Ruark Hoff (1978-80) to average 20 points per game for two seasons. She set a then-Pac-10 and Stanford single-season records with 753 points in 1996-97, averaging 20.9 and 3.7 rebounds per game that season after averaging 20.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 1995-96. She scored what was then a Stanford single-game record 44 points against USC in 1996.

Wiggins was the winner of the Wade Trophy in 2008, in addition to being the WBCA National Player of the Year. In 2005, she was the USBWA National Freshman of the Year. She's the only three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (2005, 2006, 2008) and was a four-time WBCA first team All-American (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). In addition to being the 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Wiggins was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection (2005-08). She left as the conference and Stanford career leader with 2,629 points and as the conference and Cardinal's leader with 295 career 3-pointers. She also set the Stanford record for career steals (281) and led the Pac-10 in scoring twice, averaging 21.8 points per game in 2005-06. She set a then-Pac-10 and Stanford single-season records with 787 points her senior season.

— Stanford Athletics

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Tara has been a real wonder and a boon to the the Stanford Athletic Program and History......What a great, great, coach, presence and asset to the University. Chris Burford Stanford '60

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