Confetti at the Ready

March 2024

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Tara VanDerveer and others celebrating with confetti falling

Photo: Brandon Vallance/ISI Photos

Fans packed Maples Pavilion on January 21 to watch Stanford women’s basketball defeat Oregon State—and to witness history. The crowd—which included Stanford luminaries past and present, from players to provosts to practiced pros—chanted “Tara! Tara!” in the game’s final moments, and the sweet, sweet sound of the buzzer sealed the deal: Head coach Tara VanDerveer had notched her 1,203rd career win, breaking former Duke and Army coach Mike Krzyzewski’s record to become the winningest coach in college basketball history.

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