After 28 seasons at Stanford, Tara VanDerveer remains a pure student of the game. Even on the brink of 900 career wins, she has never stopped learning, growing and changing to stay at the front of the pack.
If the Cardinal are true contenders for a national title, they will almost certainly do it behind Chiney Ogwumike. But as Tara VanDerveer reminded her team this offseason, Stanford can't be content relying on its senior star.
Stanford was outrebounded and outplayed at times Tuesday in its Pac-12 showdown with Cal. But when it mattered most, the Cardinal were tough enough to pull out the win and remain unbeaten in conference play.
Jennifer Azzi's storied playing career was marked by hard work, tenacity and the ability to be in better shape than anyone else. In her third season as San Francisco's coach, she's following the same path.
At the Cardinal's postseason gala, coach Tara VanDerveer acknowledges the team's great accomplishments -- a 79-game home winning streak, five straight Final Fours -- then asks who will step up to keep it going.