CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — Keisha Hampton scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half, Felicia Chester had a career-high 24 and No. 22/25 DePaul routed No. 3/2 Stanford 91-71 on Thursday night, denying Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer her 800th career victory.
VanDerveer—799-196 in her 32nd season as a head coach—had hoped to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell as women’s college coaches with 800 wins. That milestone will have to wait and her next try will be a challenge when the Cardinal play against Summitt and Tennessee on Sunday.
After leading by only two at the half, DePaul broke away in the second with a 17-2 run and by hitting seven 3-pointers. The Blue Demons (13-1) have won 10 straight.
Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford (6-1) with 23 points. The Cardinal played without senior Kayla Pedersen, who was kept out because of a head injury.
Pedersen, the No. 10 scorer and No. 4 rebounder in Stanford history, bumped her head while taking a charge in the first half of Sunday’s game against Fresno State and did not return.
When she didn’t take the floor Thursday night, it ended a string of 121 straight starts dating to the 2007-08 opener. The 6-foot-4 senior is averaging 11.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Joslyn Tinkle started in her place.
DePaul’s win was especially pleasing for coach Doug Bruno. Both Stringer and Summitt got their 800th victories against DePaul.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.