Stanford's VanDerveer a Naismith Award finalist


Stanford's VanDerveer a Naismith Award finalist


STANFORD, Calif. Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Womens Basketball Tara VanDerveer was named one of four finalists for the Naismith Womens College Coach of the Year award, the Atlanta Tipoff Clubs National Voting Academy announced Thursday.

Along with VanDerveer, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt and Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey make up the rest of the finalists.

VanDerveer, in her 25th season at the Stanford helm, has guided the Cardinal to a 29-2 overall record, the programs 20th Pac-10 regular season title (and 11th consecutive), eighth Pac-10 Tournament crown and a No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region of the NCAA Tournament so far in 2010-11.

Those achievements earned VanDerveer the John R. Wooden Pac-10 Coach of the Year award, the 11th time she has been honored with the conferences top coaching award.

Earlier this season, VanDerveer became the fifth Division I womens basketball coach to reach the 800-win mark when Stanford defeated San Francisco, 100-45, on Dec. 22.

This season VanDerveer has overseen a Stanford team that recorded a 9-2 mark in a non-conference slate that included nine opponents that ended up making the 2011 NCAA Tournament. That non-conference schedule included high-profile wins over then-No. 4 Xavier (89-52 on Dec. 28) and No. 1 Connecticut. Stanfords 71-59 victory over the Huskies on Dec. 30 snapped Connecticuts NCAA-record 90-game winning streak.

The Cardinal would then record its second straight perfect 18-0 Pac-10 season, en route to an 11th consecutive regular season title. The unbeaten run, along with two Pac-10 Tournament victories in March, extended Stanfords winning streak against Pac-10 schools to a conference-record 57 games.

Over the 18 regular-season victories against the Pac-10, VanDerveers squad won those games by an average margin of 30.4 points, setting a new Stanford record for highest scoring margin in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal also held its Pac-10 foes to a school-record low of just 50.8 points per game.

VanDerveer enters this weekends NCAA Tournament, the 24th straight trip for the Cardinal, with a career record of 822-197 in her 32 years as a head coach, and a 670-146 record in 25 years at Stanford.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club will announce its coach of the year in early April.
Courtesy Stanford Athletics media relations.

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers

Instant Replay: Klay erupts for career-high 60, Warriors destroy Pacers


OAKLAND – As the Warriors on Monday night celebrated their 200th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, All-Star guard Klay Thompson gave 19,596 fans an evening they’ll never forget.

Thompson scored 60 points, a career-high for him and the most any player has scored in the NBA this season, to carry the Warriors to a 142-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson scored 17 points in the opening period, 23 in the second – for 40, representing a career-high for points in a half – and closed out his night with 20 in the third quarter.

So hot was Thompson that only no other teammate exceeded 20 points. Kevin Durant totaled 20, Stephen Curry had 13 and Ian Clark finished with 11.

Curry posted a season-high 11 assists, and Draymond Green recorded 10 as the Warriors were credited with 45 helpers overall.

With a 116-83 lead after three quarters, Warriors coach Steve Kerr went to his reserves for the entire fourth quarter.

Thompson, who took possession in the first half and locked it up in third quarter.

Thompson’s line: 60 points (21-of-33 from the field, 8-of-14 from deep, 10-of-11 from the free throw line). He played 29 minutes and finished plus-37 for the night.

When a Monta Ellis layup pulled the Pacers within seven (46-39) with 8:14 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 24-3 run to go up 70-42 with 2:34 remaining in the half.

They went into intermission with an 80-50 lead, and Indiana got no closer than xx for the rest of the game.

The Warriors trailed for all of 12 seconds (in the first five minutes) in the game.

Warriors: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Pacers: No injuries were listed and none was reported.

Rookie C Damian Jones is on assignment with D-League Santa Cruz.

The Warriors travel to Los Angeles, where on Wednesday night they face the Clippers at Staples Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30.

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

Klay fourth player in Warriors history to score 60 in game

OAKLAND – Warriors guard Klay Thompson needed only three quarters to fire in 60 points Monday night against, achieving not only a career-high but also the highest-scoring performance in the NBA this season.

Thompson’s effort eclipsed the previous season-high of 51 by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who needed overtime on Oct. 28 to reach that total.

Thompson joined Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry and Joe Fulks as the only Warriors every to reach the 60-point level in a single game.

Thompson managed the feat in only 29 minutes, during which he was 21-of-33 from the field, including 8-of-14 from 3-point distance. He was 10-of-11 from the line.

Scoring 17 points in the first quarter, 23 in the second and 20 in the third, Thompson became the first Warrior to reach 60 since Rick Barry on March 26, 1974 against Portland.

During the past 20 years only former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, with 62, scored more points in three quarters.