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Tuesday, March 16, 2010


From Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee comes an article on Stanford's Tara VanDeveer:

Tara VanDeveer is like the parent who drops off the kid at kindergarten and demands straight A's. Never mind that grades aren't even recorded until the following year, when the little tykes give up their booster seats and swap crayons for pencils.

There are never any excuses, and no sick days, either. This is a woman who became a conditioning freak before fitting into mesh uniforms became fashionable.

VanDerveer, whose No. 2-ranked Cardinal is expected to reach the NCAA Sacramento Regional March 27 and 29 at Arco Arena, is a hybrid of Lakers coaches past and present. She balances Phil Jackson's egalitarian offense with Pat Riley's bruising, chip-on-theshoulder, one-dimensional existence.

Remember Riley's enduring mantra? There is winning. And there is misery.

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