SAN FRANCISCO — Stanford's Tara VanDerveer became the sixth women's coach to reach the elite 800 wins mark Wednesday night, doing so in her third try as the eighth-ranked Cardinal routed San Francisco 100-45 and former Stanford stars turned coaches Jennifer Azzi and Katy Steding.
Kayla Pedersen scored her team's first eight points of the second half on the way to 16 and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds to lead Stanford (7-2), which was coming off losses last Thursday at No. 16 DePaul and then at fifth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday.
VanDerveer is 800-197 in 32 seasons as a head coach, 25 of those years at Stanford — where she is 648-146. Azzi embraced the Hall of Fame coach after the final buzzer sounded, then fans and players held up 800 signs reading "Congratulations Tara." Azzi and Steding presented VanDerveer with flowers and the game ball in a ceremony at midcourt.