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Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer has offered tips to Penn State, now her next NCAA opponent

  • Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer speaks during a news conference at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is scheduled to play Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer speaks during a news conference at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is scheduled to play Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer speaks during a news conference at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is scheduled to play Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer speaks during a news conference at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Stanford, Calif. Stanford is scheduled to play Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike, right, speaks during a news conference with guard Sara James at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, March 29, 2014. Stanford plays Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike, right, speaks during a news conference with guard Sara James at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, March 29, 2014. Stanford plays Penn State in a regional semifinal on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)  (The Associated Press)

For each of the past two summers, Penn State coach Coquese Washington has visited Tara VanDerveer at the Stanford coach's New York home to talk basketball and, specifically, gather tips on the triangle offense.

There will be no such trading of secrets come Sunday afternoon, when second-seeded Stanford (31-3) hosts Washington's No. 3 seeded Lady Lions (24-7) in the NCAA tournament Stanford Regional semifinals at Maples Pavilion.

Washington reached out to VanDerveer, then she and an assistant made the several-hour trip from State College to VanDerveer's summer residence in Chautauqua, N.Y., for a day the last two years.

They studied video and discussed their likes and dislikes regarding offensive schemes.