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Tennessee Denies VanDerveer Win No. 800

Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, pictured during last season's Final Four, will have to wait another game for her 800th win.
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer, pictured during last season's Final Four, will have to wait another game for her 800th win.

Head coaches Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell welcomed a new member to the women's basketball 800-Win Club Sunday, but it wasn't Tara VanDerveer.

Barbara Stevens of Division II Bentley University reached 800 wins hours before No. 6 Tennessee knocked off No. 2 Stanford, 82-72, in an overtime thriller at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Jeanette Pohlen almost single-handedly lifted Stanford to a milestone win. The senior finished with 24 points and tied a career-high with six 3-pointers before fouling out in the first minute of overtime. Nneka Ogwumike added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Stanford, which has lost consecutive game for the first time since January 2008.

Tennessee led by as many as 14 in the first half before Stanford began to chip away. The Cardinal trailed 39-31 at halftime, but took a 63-57 lead with 6 minutes to play.

Meighan Simmons, who led four Lady Vols in double-figures with 23 points, hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. After Pohlen picked up her fifth foul, the Cardinal offense struggled. Stanford committed four turnovers and was outscored 12-2 in the extra frame, its only points coming on a pair of Kayla Pedersen free throws.

Stanford will look to snap its two-game skid and give VanDerveer her elusive 800th win on Wednesday at San Francisco. The Dons are coached by former Stanford great Jennifer Azzi, who won 101 games during her decorated career on the Farm.