Seventh-Ranked Stanford Premieres with 78-48 Win
Nov. 12, 2004
Santa Clara, Calif. - No. 7/7 Stanford finally let fans see what they've been working on, as they debuted with a 78-48 victory over Baden Sports tonight at Santa Clara's Leavey Center. Led by 18 points from freshman guard Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla Country Day) and 14 points from sophomore center Kristen Newlin (Riverton, Wyo./Riverton), the Cardinal posted the 30-point victory in its first of two exhibition games this season.
'We did some nice things,' noted head coach Tara VanDerveer. 'This was a good learning experience and we'll continue to work hard.'
Wiggins kicked things off, driving in for a layup on the first possession of the game to score her first two points. The freshman went 5-for-5 from the free throw line and connected on six of her shots from the field. Wiggins also added seven rebounds and four blocks in her first collegiate performance.
'Candice gets everybody going,' added VanDerveer. 'She has great intangible and is fun to play with.'
Newlin, the squad's top returning rebounder from last season, picked up 11 boards, while junior center Brooke Smith (Saint Anselmo, Calif./Marin Catholic) made her first appearance in a Stanford uniform and recorded eight points and 10 rebounds.
Stanford racked up 21 assists as a team, with 10 different Cardinal players notching at least one on the night, and senior forward Sebnem Kimyacioglu (Mountain View, Calif./Pinewood School) leading the pack with six.
Stanford will be back at the Leavey Center on Sunday, when the Cardinal faces Love & Basketball at 2 p.m. The team, comprised of Southern California residents, has posted a 4-1 record this preseason, defeating Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine and UCLA over the last two weeks.
Note: Fifth-year senior guard Susan King Borchardt missed the game due to soreness in her foot.