Young Stanford gears up for another deep March run



STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Tara VanDerveer is largely in observation mode right now.

She is teaching and coaching fundamentals. That’s just how it goes with six freshmen on the roster. The Hall of Fame Stanford coach has spent her share of time during the early days of practice simply watching to get a gauge on what each of them brings. What a difference from recent seasons, when the Cardinal were experienced and game-ready from the start. This young bunch must get up to speed in a hurry with the season opener at Texas only 312 weeks away.

A fifth straight Final Four is the mission in star Nnemkadi Ogwumike’s senior season.