Incoming Freshman Candice Wiggins Leads USA Junior Women to Gold

Aug. 9, 2004

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico - Incoming freshman Candice Wiggins (LaJolla Country Day /Poway, Calif.) helped the USA Junior Women's Basketball squad to a gold medal at the FIBA America's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament last week at the Sports Palace in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. With a 121-56 victory over Puerto Rico in the finals on Sunday night, the U.S. secured a trip to the 2005 Women's Junior World Championship, which will take place in Tunisia in July 2005.Wiggins, who will join head coach Tara VanDerveer's Cardinal for the 2004-05 season, helped the United States to a 5-0 record and a 122 points-per-game average. The U.S. also excelled on defense, winning by an average of 81 points per contest. Wiggins had an explosive offensive performance in the championship game, scoring 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting with five three-pointers. She also made an impact on defense, as she opened the tournament with seven steals in 20 minutes of play against Argentina on Aug. 4. Wiggins finished the tournament averaging 14.8 points per game and 3.2 steals per game.Wiggins will make her Stanford debut in November when the Cardinal opens the 2004-05 season.FIBA America's Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament Results
Aug. 4 -USA 128, Argentina 43
Aug. 5 -USA 143, Bolivia 24
Aug. 6 -USA 124, Puerto Rico 49
Aug. 7 -USA 99, Brazil 38
Aug. 8 -USA 122, Puerto Rico 56

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