Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer won her 900th game in 33 seasons at Stanford as her sixth-ranked Cardinal beat Washington State 85-64 on Sunday.

Alanna Smith had a career-high 34 points to help Stanford get its 20th straight home victory. Smith shot 13 for 17 with four 3-pointers and also had 15 rebounds — one off her career best — in her third 30-point performance of the season.

Stanford (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) is off to the program’s best start since beginning 22-1 in 2013-14.

Perhaps even more impressive about Smith on this day: Along with VanDerveer’s milestone, Maples Pavilion also celebrated survivors of human trafficking thanks to Smith’s leadership in planning the school’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Game.

VanDerveer became the fifth Division I men’s or women’s coach to reach 900 victories at one school, joining late Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt, UConn’s Geno Auriemma, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse men’s coach Jim Boeheim.

Kiana Williams added 19 points and DiJonai Carrington 11 for the Cardinal, who shot 76.9 percent in the third quarter (10 for 13).

Cherilyn Molina had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Washington State.

Cougars forward Borislava Hristova added 11 points and seven rebounds. She missed a double-double for the first time in 18 games this season. Her streak of 17 straight had matched the sixth-longest such streak in school history.

Washington State (7-11, 2-5) lost for the fifth time in six games after a 77-63 loss at California on Friday night in which the team fought back before giving up an 18-2 run.

It won’t get easier for the Cougars: They host No. 5 Oregon in their next game Friday back in Pullman. The Cougars play three straight against top-10 teams.

Washington State took a quick lead by scoring the game’s first basket before Stanford went on a 19-3 run — including 14-0 during one stretch in which the Cardinal forced three turnovers and held the Cougars without scoring for more than four minutes.

Stanford improved to 64-0 all-time against Washington State and 32-0 in the series at home, with 20 of the last 21 wins by double digits.

DISCUSSING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Smith took a class on human trafficking last quarter and became involved planning Sunday’s event, doing a video that showed on the main scoreboard at halftime and working with public address announcer Betty Ann Hagenau — who also is founder of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Hagenau was the guest lecturer in Smith’s class that day when they discussed doing more to bring awareness to the issue.

A table on the concourse provided information for further community engagement. The halftime dancers included human trafficking survivors ages 11-47 from the non-profit Love Never Fails, which works to restore, educate and protect those at risk of domestic human trafficking.

The dancers were invited to the Stanford locker room after the game to meet the players and coaches.

“This is all by Alanna Smith’s leadership,” Hagenau said.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: Washington State missed its final eight shots over a 5:05 span of the second quarter and nine of 10 to fall behind 44-26 at halftime. The Cougars dropped to 1-6 on the road under first-year coach Kamie Ethridge.

Stanford: The Cardinal are 97-6 at home in Pac-12 play since 2007-08. They won their 16th straight conference game at home, where Stanford was the lone team in the league to go unbeaten during the regular-season Pac-12 schedule last season. This is the longest unbeaten run at home since Stanford won 28 in a row at Maples from Jan. 18, 2013, until Nov. 20, 2014, an overtime loss to Texas.

UP NEXT

Washington State: Host Oregon on Friday.

Stanford: At Colorado on Friday.

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Washington State forward Borislava Hristova, center, drives the ball between Stanford's Jenna Brown, left, and Lexie Hull (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Washington State forward Borislava Hristova, center, drives the ball between Stanford’s Jenna Brown, left, and Lexie Hull (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Dancers from the group Love Never Fails, some of which include human trafficking survivors, perform during halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Washington State and Stanford, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Dancers from the group Love Never Fails, some of which include human trafficking survivors, perform during halftime of an NCAA college basketball game between Washington State and Stanford, Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Washington State center Maria Kostourkova (20) and Stanford's Alyssa Jerome (10) chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Washington State center Maria Kostourkova (20) and Stanford’s Alyssa Jerome (10) chase a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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