No. 8 Stanford Stops Streaking Arizona State, 68-57

Jan. 7, 2005

Final Stats

By MEL REISNER
AP Sports Writer

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Stanford freshman Candice Wiggins had a season-high 31points, leading the eighth-ranked Cardinal to a 68-57 victory over ArizonaState on Friday night.

Brooke Smith added 10 points for Stanford (12-2, 4-1 Pac-10) and T'Nae Thielhad nine points and nine rebounds.

Emily Westerberg had a career-high 22 points for the Sun Devils (10-4, 2-2),and Kylan Loney added 14.

Arizona State, who have upset Georgia and Connecticut this season, came inwith a 10-game winning streak at home but Stanford never trailed after seizingthe lead late in the first half. Wiggins had 18 points before the break to helpthe Cardinal take a 38-31 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Cardinal used a 8-2 run to open up a 13-point lead.Smith made a hook shot early on, Wiggins scored twice on layups and Thiel madea putback for a 46-33 lead.

The Cardinal then went more than 6 minutes without a field goal, allowingArizona State to close within 49-45 on Kristen Kovesdy's hook shot with 10:27left.

Wiggins helped Stanford regain some breathing room when she pulled up for a14-foot jumper with 9:41 left, and the Sun Devils got no closer than fivepoints after that.

Wiggins had six points in 58 seconds during a pivotal first-half run. Thetwo teams traded the lead seven times in 4{ minutes, with neither team leadingby more than a point before Wiggins broke a 21-all tie with a driving layupwith 7:36 to play. She followed that with two midcourt steals for layups andthe Cardinal led 27-21 with 6:38 to go.

The Sun Devils got within 30-28 on Westerberg's 10-footer with 3:12remaining, but the Cardinal finished the half with an 8-3 spurt that includedfour more points by Wiggins.

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