“It’s a large quantity and I’m very appreciative of the nice gamers I’ve coached and the nice locations I’ve been and the eye it’s dropped at girls’s basketball.”
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 8 Stanford topped Oregon State 65-56 in entrance of a sold-out crowd Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion in a history-making win that gave Cardinal head coach Tara VanDerveer 1,203 wins, probably the most of any coach in NCAA basketball historical past. She tied the record held by former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Friday with a victory over Oregon and two days later ascended to the highest of the hill for wins in school basketball.
“I need to deliver consideration to the fantastic thing about girls’s basketball and the wonderfulness of those gamers that work so arduous,” VanDerveer stated postgame. “I’m so jealous as a result of I by no means acquired to do what they get to do. However I’m capable of watch slightly woman’s dream play out via them.”
Instantly following the record-breaking contest, followers loved a celebration for VanDerveer that included two video shows and chats with former Cardinal greats together with Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Azzi plus ESPN analysts Ros Gold-Onwude and Chiney Ogwumike. Gold-Onwude moderated the chat and helped current VanDerveer with items together with a customized jacket from Nike that featured 1,203 tally marks for every win within the coach’s profession to this point.
Holding Off Oregon State
The overcome Oregon State didn’t come straightforward because the defensive-minded groups struggled offensively, each taking pictures lower than 30 p.c from the ground within the first quarter. With the rating tied at 10 all after the primary interval, Stanford regrouped effectively sufficient to outperform the Beavers, offensively and on the boards.
Junior guard Kiki Iriafen led all scorers on the break with 14 factors and was the one participant in double figures at that time together with her staff holding a 28-22 benefit at halftime. Whereas Oregon State continued to combat tooth and nail in opposition to the Cardinal, Stanford started to tug away within the final quarter to seal the win for his or her Corridor of Fame coach. VanDerveer famous the superb sportsmanship of the Oregon State staff throughout her postgame presser.
“I feel that there have been lots of issues that stood out to me right this moment as folks exhibiting lots of class and I’ll begin with on the finish of the sport. Oregon State and their gamers or coaches all congratulated me.”
Iriafen set a brand new private single-game scoring file (30), placing up 36 factors together with 12 rebounds. Sophomore level guard Talana Lepolo added 14 factors and 6 assists. Junior ahead Brooke Demetre scored 10 factors.
Sophomore ahead Raegan Beers led Oregon State with a double-double of 18 factors and 10 rebounds.
Accolades from Legends
She additionally talked about her appreciation for Krzyzewski, popularly referred to as Coach Okay, for recording a congratulatory message that was performed postgame. Coach Okay referred to as VanDerveer “a guardian of the game.”
“It is a great accomplishment for Tara VanDerveer, who’s already one of the achieved coaches within the historical past of basketball,” Krzyzewski stated. “That is yet one more milestone so as to add to an incredible legacy. Extra necessary than all of the astounding numbers and profession accomplishments, she’s positively impacted numerous lives as a coach and a mentor.”
The postgame video shows additionally included messages from different legends of the sport together with South Carolina coach Daybreak Staley, Olympic and former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, and Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
The Beat Goes On
Whereas recounting Tara’s profession, Gold-Onwude lauded the 1,203 victories however commented “Why cease there?” A full month of Pac-12 video games stays the place the coach can construct on the file with a weekend within the Southwest on the fast slate. The Cardinal journey to Arizona State for a sport on Friday, Jan. 26, adopted by a matchup at Arizona two days later.
Oregon State heads dwelling to face Colorado on Friday and Utah on Sunday.
Within the meantime, the Cardinal can take a while to rejoice VanDerveer’s astounding milestone earlier than preparation for the Arizona journey begins.