Cardinal Continue to Earn Praise

Feb. 22, 2005

Stanford, Calif. - Third-ranked Stanford basketball (24-2, 15-1 Pac-10) continues to find success in the blending of excellence in academics and athletics, as two starting guards were honored this week, one for her academic success and the other for her athletic accomplishments. Fifth-year senior Susan King Borchardt was named to the 2004-05 CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Second Team last Thursday, while freshman Candice Wiggins was named to the top-30 mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Monday.

Susan King Borchardt will continue her graduate studies next year.

A psychology major, Borchardt was also an Academic All-District honoree in 2003. She has already finished her undergraduate degree and is fulfilling prerequisites for a graduate program in nutritional sciences, which she will pursue next fall. In her final campaign with the Cardinal, Borchardt is averaging 7.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. She suffered a stress reaction early in the season and was sidelined for the first nine games, but Borchardt has returned to full strength and is contributing an average of 20.6 minutes per contest.

Wiggins, who is Stanford's leading scorer with 17.4 points per game, was also named to the mid-season list for the Wooden Award. She is the only freshman on either list. Wiggins is also leading the Cardinal in steals and has amassed 70 this season -- already the ninth-best total in school history. Wiggins has also been honored twice this season as Pac-10 Player of the Week, as she helped the Cardinal win the regular season conference title.

Stanford will host Oregon and Oregon State this weekend in the regular season finale. Game time versus the Ducks is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, while the Cardinal and the Beavers will face off at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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