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STANFORD, Calif. – 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.