PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP) — It was a very successful trip to Mexico for Tara VanDerveer and Stanford.
The sixth-ranked Cardinal swept three games at the Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope, VanDerveer reached the 900-win plateau and Stanford's freshmen gained valuable experience.
"This was a great trip for us," VanDerveer said. "We've grown a lot. Now we go home and get ready for finals and get ready for Gonzaga."
Chiney Ogwumike scored 29 points and had 12 rebounds to help Stanford to an 80-60 win over South Dakota State on Thursday. She earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 26 points and 11 rebounds in the three games. She also shot an incredible 78 percent from the field.
"Chiney was just awesome," VanDerveer said. "She had some help from other people. We need more help."
The win was the 901st of VanDerveer's career. She became the fifth women's coach to reach 900 on Wednesday with the Cardinal's victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Mikaela Ruef had 12 rebounds and seven assists while Amber Orrange added 13 points and five steals for Stanford (7-1).