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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Foster wins 800th as Chattanooga tops Samford

2014-01-25T18:45:00Z 2014-01-26T01:30:07Z WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Foster wins 800th as Chattanooga tops SamfordThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 25, 2014 6:45 pm  • 

Chattanooga's Jim Foster earned his 800th career victory Saturday as his Lady Mocs defeated Samford 63-50 for their 13th straight win.

Foster improved his record to 800-310 in a 36-year career that also has included stops at St. Joseph's, Vanderbilt and Ohio State. He's the 11th coach to reach 800 career wins and the first member of that club to have coached at four different schools.

The only other women's coaches with 800 wins are former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt (1,098-208), North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell (925-324), Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer (916-336), Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (912-204), former Texas coach Jody Conradt (900-309), Bentley's Barbara Stevens (900-246), Connecticut's Geno Auriemma (859-133), Georgia's Andy Landers (837-280), Montana's Robin Selvig (808-261) and Scranton's Michael Strong (804-180).

Foster earned his milestone victory on the same day that Stevens, a Division II coach, got her 900th career win. Bentley defeated Saint Anselm 98-82 earlier in the day.

After the game, Foster stood with his family at midcourt and watched as the overhead scoreboard played a videotaped tribute that included congratulatory messages from other relatives as well as Auriemma, Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, North Carolina State coach Wes Moore, Kansas State coach Deb Patterson and Eastern Illinois coach Debbie Black.

Moore preceded Foster as Chattanooga's coach. Auriemma, McGraw and Patterson and Black all previously worked as assistants on Foster's staffs.

Foster also received a game ball from Chattanooga athletic director David Blackburn while Chattanooga players held a banner that said "Coach Foster, 800 wins, Congratulations."

Taylor Hall helped Foster reach the 800-win plateau by scoring 22 points to go along with six rebounds and six steals for the Lady Mocs (17-3, 9-0 Southern Conference). Ellen Riggins scored 14 points and Kassidy Blevins added 13 for Samford (5-15, 3-6).

Foster's the third coach to reach the 800-win mark this season. Selvig earned his 800th victory Nov. 18 and Strong won No. 800 on Jan. 11.

Foster and Stringer are the only men's or women's college coaches to win at least 200 games at three different schools. Foster went 248-126 at St. Joseph's from 1978-91, 256-99 at Vanderbilt from 1991-2002 and 279-82 at Ohio State from 2002-13. He is 17-3 in his first season at Chattanooga.

Foster, who was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame last year, has led his teams to 26 NCAA tournament appearances. That includes a Final Four with Vanderbilt in 1993.

But he was fired at Ohio State last year after failing to reach the NCAA tournament for the only time in his 11-year tenure there. Rather than retiring, Foster chose to take over Chattanooga's program.

Texas 66, No. 18 West Virginia 63: Nneka Enemkpali scored 15 points and Brady Sanders had 14 as Texas knocked off No. 18 West Virginia.

Texas (13-6, 4-3 Big 12) out-rebounded West Virginia (17-3, 6-2) 46-27, paced by Enemkpali with 21, a career high. Nekia Jones added 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting.

Bria Holmes led the Mountaineers with 18 points, while Averee Fields chipped in with 12.

No. 25 Gonzaga 69, Pepperdine 39: Lindsay Sherbert came off the bench to score 16 points and Gonzaga held an opponent below 40 points for the third time, coasting to a win over Pepperdine.

The Bulldogs (18-3, 8-1), who won their eighth straight and 10th straight over Pepperdine, have allowed less than 50 points nine times. They out-scored the Waves (5-15, 1-7) 38-15 in the second half and forced 23 turnovers.

Sunny Greinacher added 13 points and Haiden Palmer 11 for GU, which had a 37-28 rebounding advantage, including 15-6 on the offensive end.

No player reached double figures for Pepperdine, which was without leading scorer Bria Richardson (16.9) and only had eight players.

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