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Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer Passes Pat Summit for most NCAA Women’s Div. I Wins

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By Matthew Zimmer

Tara VanDerveer was already one of the best coaches in women’s college basketball. After Tuesday night, she’s on top.

The No. 1 Stanford Cardinal smoked Pacific, 104-61, marking VanDerveer’s 1,099th career win, passing Pat Summit for the most in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball history.

Summit had her career cut short when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012. She died in 2016.

VanDerveer started her coaching career at Idaho (1978-80). Then, she led Ohio State from 1980-85. Finally, she took over Stanford in 1985 and never left.

The bulk of her wins (947) came with the Cardinal. VanDerveer has won two NCAA championships, advanced to 12 Final Fours and won (solo or a share of) 23 regular season conference titles and 13 of 19 league tournaments so far with Stanford.

She was inducted to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Not to rain on the parade, but for context UConn coach Geno Auriemma isn’t far behind her. He just won his 1,093rd game on Tuesday as well.

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