Oregon routs Stanford with historic performance at Maples Pavilion

Updated: February 11, 2019

9:57 PM ET

No. 3 Oregon beat No. 11 Stanford 88-48 on Sunday, handing the Cardinal’s Tara VanDerveer the worst loss of her coaching career and notching the Ducks’ first win at Maples Pavilion since 1987.

STANFORD, Calif. — Maples Pavilion, on a Sunday afternoon, is not the most hostile environment on the map. The band sways to the Steve Miller Band, young girls politely sit with their parents and wave pom-poms, and the home crowd cheers every so often for Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu, probably because she’s doing things no women’s basketball player has ever done.

But for more than three decades, since 1987, the Oregon women could not win a game at Stanford. That changed Sunday in resounding fashion when the No. 3 Ducks flattened the 11th-ranked Cardinal 88-48 and won their 16th consecutive game.

None of Oregon’s players were alive, obviously, the last time the program won a game at Stanford. Back then, longtime Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer was barely chipping away at her 1,000-plus career wins. On Sunday, Oregon handed her the worst loss of her career.

She said she’s focused on this season, and doing something special with the Ducks. On Sunday, anything seemed possible.

“I know that’s a politically correct answer,” she said as she got up out of her chair. “But sorry.”

VanDerveer still has high hopes, too. She said that around this time last winter, Notre Dame was rocked by a 33-point loss at Louisville. The Fighting Irish wound up winning the national championship a few months later.

“I don’t think it does any good to throw anybody under the bus,” VanDerveer said. “It’s one game, and [Oregon] is very talented.

“Our team is resilient. I think they’ll take it personally.”

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