VanDerveer Snags 500!

Nov. 26, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Nicole Powell scored 26 points as 18th-rankedStanford defeated Pacific 73-65 Sunday, giving coach Tara VanDerveer her 500thcareer victory.

Millie Kimpton scored 14 points to lead Pacific (2-2), whose two-gamewinning streak was snapped. Ahsalic Johnson added 12 points.

Susan King added 16 points for the Cardinal, winners of three in a row aftera season-opening loss.

VanDerveer, honored by the crowd which held up flash cards with '500'written on them, became the 17th coach in women's basketball history to reach500 career wins.

'It just means I've been around a long time and coached a lot of greatplayers,' said VanDerveer, in her 22nd season, and 15th at Stanford.

VanDerveer, 500-143 (.778) overall, has collected 348 of her victories withthe Cardinal. Stanford is seeking their 13th consecutive trip to the NCAAtournament this season.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 9-2 run, and took a 45-42 lead fourminutes into the half on a jumper by Johnson.

Pacific still led 50-46 with 13:48 remaining to play, but then went sevenscoreless minutes, allowing Stanford to build a comfortable 60-50 edge.Powell's 3-pointer at 11:17 put the Cardinal ahead to stay.

Pacific held a 28-27 edge following a pair of free throws by Johnson with5:56 left in the half, but Stanford went on a 12-2 run to make it 40-34 at thebreak.

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