Stanford-Saint Mary's Preview

Nov. 16, 2000

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Tara VanDerveer looks to move a step closer to the 500-win plateauasStanford opens its 27th season Friday against Bay Area rival Saint Mary's atMcKeon Pavilion.

VanDerveer, one of the most accomplished coaches in both collegiate andinternational women's basketball history, needs just three more victories toreach 500 for her illustrious career.

The Cardinal head coach is a three-time National Coach of the Yearwinner(1988, '89, '90). She enters the season fifth in career winning percentage(.778) and 16th in career victories (497) among active NCAA women'sbasketballhead coaches.

Friday's game matches a pair of post-season qualifiers and 20-gamewinners,as Stanford (21-9, 13-5 Pac-10) advanced to the second round of the NCAATournament and Saint Mary's (20-10, 11-3 West Coast Conference) qualifiedforthe second round of the WNIT.

Stanford is hoping to get off to a better start this season afterlosingthree of its first five to start off the 1999-00 campaign. The Cardinalbouncedback to win 19 of its next 25 en route to a 21-9 overall mark and its 12th20-win season in the last 13 years.

Center Carolyn Moos returns as teams leading scorer (12.4 ppg) andrebounder(5.5 rpg). The 6-foot-6 Moos has surprising range for her size, finishingfourth on the team last season in 3-pointers with 15 on 40.5 percentshootingfrom beyond the arc.

This is the sixth meeting between Stanford and Saint Mary's, and secondatMcKeon Pavilion. The Cardinal has never lost, though the teams have playedjusttwice since 1990. Stanford won the last meeting 77-65 on Dec. 27, 1999.

Key returners for the Gaels are West Coast Conference Defensive Playerofthe Year Hilary Parker, first team All-WCC selection Jermisha Dosty and hersister Jerkisha Dosty.

Despite her defensive prowess, Parker averaged just 5.9 points and 3.4rebounds per game last season and will be expected to increase those totalsthis year. Jermisha averaged 10.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, and Jerkisha had10.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-3 Jermisha Dosty and 6-2 Jerkisha Dosty give the Gaels somesizeon the inside.

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