STANFORD, Calif. – When Tara VanDerveer’s mother showed up for a surprise visit, the Hall of Fame coach knew something might be happening in her honor at Stanford.
Coach VanDerveer finally got her special moment in front of appreciative fans at Maples Pavilion on Saturday.
Chiney Ogwumike had 19 points and seven rebounds and No. 6 Stanford celebrated VanDerveer’s recent 900th career victory back at home, beating 23rd-ranked Gonzaga 73-45.
Ogwumike shot 8 for 16 in the first game at Maples Pavilion since VanDerveer got No. 900 against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 27 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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VanDerveer became the fifth NCAA Division I women’s coach to join the 900 club, and was honored after the game for her accomplishment in an on-court ceremony.
Stanford President John Hennessy and athletic director Bernard Muir presented the coach with a framed No. 900 Stanford jersey.
“It’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around 900,” VanDerveer said over the public-address system. “This is the only way I could get a Stanford jersey, as a coach. … Let’s get some more!”
VanDerveer’s mother, Rita, cheered her accomplishment, too.
“My mother pulled a fast one on me and showed up,” Tara VanDerveer said.
The Cardinal (8-1) returned from a 16-day break for final exams.
Sunny Greinacher scored 18 points to lead Gonzaga (8-2), which had its winning streak snapped at six games.
The Zags won at Ohio State and Wisconsin before Saturday’s setback and coach Kelly Graves said he considered it a solid trip.
“I think we’re a decent basketball team; we have a long way to go,” Graves said. “Going in, we wanted to win two out of three. We won two out of three. …
“We’re not at their (Stanford’s) level right now.”
Of VanDerveer, Graves said, “You think about 900 wins, that’s 30 a year for 30 years, for crying out loud. We’ve won 30 one time. It’s incredible what she’s done.”
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