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Stanford trails 21-5 in all-time series, but matchup has often produced great games

Originally Published: December 18, 2009
By Mechelle Voepel | Special to ESPN.com

Credit Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer with not trying to turn the Cardinal's 21-year series against Tennessee into something it hasn't really been.

"We haven't held up our end of the bargain in terms of a rivalry," she said, referring to Tennessee's 21-5 advantage. "But I think we have had good games with them."

Yes, that's true. But Stanford has had a Vanderbilt-esque experience against Tennessee, sometimes seeing victories snatched away in the final seconds, sometimes ...

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