Stanford's Tara VanDerveer receives new contract

Stanford's Tara VanDerveer receives new contract
July 17, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Stanford's Tara VanDerveer is just six wins away from becoming the fifth women's basketball coach to win 900 games. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Hall of Fame Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has received a new contract.

The coach said Wednesday she signed a new deal but did not offer specifics. She had two years remaining on her previous contract, through the 2014-15 season. The Cardinal missed reaching a sixth straight Final Four in VanDerveer's 27th season at Stanford and 34th overall as a Division I head coach. They lost in the NCAA tournament's Spokane Regional semifinals, 61-59 to Georgia, to finish the season 33-3.

VanDerveer, who turned 60 last month, has a 742-152 Stanford record and 894-203 career mark.

Athletic director Bernard Muir indicated after the season that he looked forward to the program continuing to perform at such a high level with VanDerveer leading the way. Muir was in meetings Wednesday and didn't immediately return messages.

Stanford's team leaves in late August for a tour of Italy.

"We are so much improved, I am excited!" VanDerveer wrote in a message.

VanDerveer remained positive as her inexperienced team struggled early last season after losing WNBA No. 1 overall draft pick Nnemkadi Ogwumike following a fifth straight Final Four trip. Stanford stunned then-No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner on Nov. 16 in Honolulu.

The Cardinal had their nation-best 82-game winning streak at home snapped in a lopsided 61-35 rout by Connecticut on Dec. 29, then they lost another in front of the spirited Maples Pavilion crowd to rival California to end an 81-game unbeaten run against conference opponents. Cal went on to earn the program's first Final Four berth.

VanDerveer is always eager to see the West Coast shine on the national stage, and will look for big things from Chiney Ogwumike in her upcoming senior season.

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