Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer receives new contract 

STANFORD — Hall of Fame Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer has received a new long-term contract.

The coach said Wednesday she signed a new deal without offering specifics, and the school is not announcing the number of additional years on the contract — only saying it is a long-term pact. She had two years remaining on her previous contract, through the 2014-15 season. The Cardinal missed reaching a sixth straight Final Four in VanDerveer's 27th season at Stanford and 34th overall as a Division I head coach. Stanford lost in the Spokane Regional semifinals, 61-59 to Georgia, to finish the season 33-3.

VanDerveer, who turned 60 last month, has a 742-152 Stanford record and 894-203 career mark.

"Simply put, Tara VanDerveer is one of the great educators in the game of basketball," Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said.

Stanford's team leaves in late August for a tour of Italy.

"We are so much improved, I am excited!" VanDerveer wrote in a message.

VanDerveer remained positive as her inexperienced team struggled early last season after losing WNBA No. 1 overall draft pick Nnemkadi Ogwumike following a fifth straight Final Four trip. Stanford stunned then-No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner on Nov. 16 in Honolulu.

The Cardinal had their nation-best 82-game winning streak at home snapped in a lopsided 61-35 rout by Connecticut on Dec. 29, then they lost another at Maples Pavilion to rival Cal to end an 81-game unbeaten run against conference foes. Cal went on to earn the program's first Final Four berth.

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