STANFORD, Calif. -- Tara VanDerveer barely had time to soak
up her 700th career victory at Stanford before the longtime
Cardinal 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
The second-ranked Cardinal are 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 Ogwumike added 15 points and five blocks and
Stanford beat Utah 69-42 on Saturday to extend the nation's longest
active home winning streak to 78 games.
In doing so, 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 their
conference winning streak to 74 despite going just 2 of 12 on
Taryn Wicijowski scored 15 points and Iwalani Rodrigues had 12
for Utah, which has lost two straight after winning three in a row.
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
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.
Even in the milestone victory -- which came on Senior Day at
Stanford -- VanDerveer was her typical fiery self.
She yelled at her players for a mistake on an inbounds play with
the Cardinal leading by 17 in the second half, then later shook her
head emphatically as she questioned Nneka Ogwumike during a
VanDerveer was also the first to notice when the scoreboard
malfunctioned with 3½ minutes remaining -- only after a Stanford
basket failed to register.
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
"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."
Utah (13-14, 6-10) made one run and pulled within 50-34 when
Wicijowski scored on a three-point play midway through the second
half but wilted down the stretch and remained winless in 14 games
The Cardinal got their 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
Now it's just a matter of Stanford tightening up things in their
bid for the postseason.
The second-ranked Cardinal host Seattle University in a
nonconference game 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.
The Utes were called for shot clock violations on their first
two possessions, made just five field goals in the first half and
trailed 36-14 at the break.
Utah coach Anthony Levrets, frustrated by his team's lack of
offense, repeatedly yelled at officials throughout the first half
and was whistled for a technical foul with 2:22 left.
Tinkle, who had six points during an 18-3 run, made both free
throws to give the Cardinal a 35-10 lead. The Utes never got closer
than 16 the rest of the way.
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