Stanford Women Win Seventh Straight
Dec. 12, 2004
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SAN FRANCISCO - Freshman Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and also hadfour steals, two assists and a blocked shot, and second-ranked Stanfordremained unbeaten with a 80-51 win over San Francisco on Sunday.
The Cardinal have won seven straight games to start the season for the firsttime since the 2001-02 season, when they won their first eight games. Stanfordbeat USF for the 13th straight time and leads the overall series 19-9.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer sat on the opposite bench of her sister,Heidi, for the first time in her 19 years leading the Cardinal. Heidi, the topassistant for USF, is a former WNBA coach in Minnesota and Sacramento who alsoworked as head coach at Eastern Washington.
It was a day of family ties.
Wiggins' older brother, Alan Jr., a sophomore center for the USF men's team,attended the game along with their uncle, Don, the older brother of thesiblings' late father, Alan Wiggins. Alan Wiggins was a former major leaguerand star of the 1984 Padres who died of complications from AIDS in 1991.
USF leading scorer and sixth-year senior Mary Jane Krueger, a 6-foot-2center who came in averaging 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, was held to fourpoints and went 0-for-6 from the field.
Dominique Carter led the Dons (5-4) with 17 points, 15 in the second half.
Wiggins scored seven straight points and got a steal during a 13-0 run latein the first half that put Stanford ahead 44-17.
After routing Pepperdine 85-49 on Friday night in the debut of the newMaples Pavilion following the arena's $30 million renovation, Stanford starteda five-game road trip Sunday and won't be back home until January. The Cardinaldon't play again until next Saturday at Missouri.
Stanford used a 15-4 run in the first half to take control, getting ninestraight points from Newlin during the spurt. The Dons committed eightturnovers to fall behind.
USF, which had won three of its previous four games, made only three of itsfirst 16 shots. The Dons last beat Stanford on Dec. 9, 1983, a 69-63 victory.
The Cardinal are still without starting point guard Susan King Borchardt,who hasn't played yet this season because of a stress reaction in her leftfoot. She is still wearing a walking boot.
VanDerveer is hopeful to have Borchardt back in the lineup by the start ofthe Pac-10 season next month.