No. 4 Stanford Tops Arizona
Feb. 4, 2005
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Candice Wiggins had 20 points, five rebounds, fourassists, four steals and a blocked shot, and No. 4 Stanford routed rivalArizona 91-74 on Thursday night for its 11th straight win.
Stanford (20-2, 11-1 Pac-10) dominated from start to finish to extend itshome winning streak to 18 games and win its 34th straight conference game inMaples Pavilion. The Cardinal haven't lost a Pac-10 home game since a 62-59defeat against Southern California on March 1, 2001.
Arizona stars Shawntinice Polk and Dee-Dee Wheeler didn't start, adisciplinary measure by coach Joan Bonvicini for violating undisclosed teamrules. Polk's violation occurred last weekend, while Wheeler did somethingearlier Thursday and was held out the entire first half.
Polk checked in at the 17:14 mark of the first half and finished with ateam-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Wheeler scored 11 points, but the Wildcats(15-7, 7-4) couldn't overcome their slow start. They have lost two in a rowafter having their four-game winning streak snapped Saturday in an overtimeloss to Maryland.
Arizona and Stanford shared the Pac-10 regular-season title last season, butStanford came into this meeting having won its last 10 games by an average of21 points.
The Cardinal led by as many as 27 and beat the Wildcats for the ninth timein 11 meetings. Stanford ended Arizona's 34-game home winning streak - which atthe time was the longest in the nation - with a 78-66 victory in Tucson lastmonth.
Stanford jumped out to an 11-2 lead, with Borchardt scoring the first fivepoints and Smith the next six. The Cardinal shot 53.6 percent in the first halfon the way to a 46-24 lead at the break. They were outrebounded 24-13 butforced 18 turnovers.
Arizona committed 10 turnovers in the first six minutes and managed onlyfour shots during that stretch because of its sloppy play.
Stanford's short-handed roster took another hit before the game. Freshmanguard Cissy Pierce, a valuable player off the bench, cut her right hand duringan afternoon shootaround. X-rays were negative, but she wore a temporaryprotective wrap and didn't play.
The Cardinal were down to nine scholarship players. They already werewithout Eziamaka Okafor and Jessica Elway. Okafor sustained a season-endingAchilles' tear at Washington on Thursday. Elway, the daughter of former NFLstar John Elway, broke her right hand in practice Friday and had surgeryMonday.
Shannon Hobson returned to the Wildcats' lineup after missing nearly a monthwith a sprained knee.