Beaver Women Close Out Season With Loss
Feb. 26, 2005
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
STANFORD, Calif. - Candice Wiggins had 20 points, three rebounds andtwo assists, and No. 3 Stanford completed an undefeated home season with an84-41 victory over overmatched Oregon State on Saturday.
Stanford won its 17th straight game with another dominant performance to gounbeaten at home for the first time since 1996-97, the last year the Cardinalreached the Final Four.
Brooke Smith added 14 points and four rebounds as the Cardinal (26-2, 17-1Pac-10) won their 37th straight Pac-10 home game with former Stanford and WNBAstar Jennifer Azzi in the stands. They haven't lost to a conference opponent inMaples Pavilion since a 62-59 defeat to Southern California on March 1, 2001.
Kelley Suminski, one of five Stanford seniors honored before the game withflowers in a tearful ceremony, had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.Sebnem Kimyacioglu added 11 points, three blocks, two assists and two steals.
Senior T'Nae Thiel hobbled to midcourt on crutches, the result of a partialfracture in her left foot sustained in Thursday's win over Oregon. She'sexpected back in time for the Cardinal's first NCAA tournament game March 19 or20.
Stanford already wrapped up the Pac-10 title last week, giving the Cardinalthe top seed in next weekend's conference tournament in San Jose. Their averagemargin of victory in conference play was 24.9 points.
This is one of the best Stanford teams in coach Tara VanDerveer's 19 seasonsat the school, and the Cardinal have high hopes of reaching the Final Fourafter falling one shot short against Tennessee in the round of eight lastMarch.
Mandy Close and Shannon Howell had eight points apiece to lead the Beavers(6-22, 1-17), who lost their seventh straight and 10th in a row to Stanford.Oregon State, whose last victory was Feb. 1 against Utah Valley State, hasnever won in 19 meetings at Maples Pavilion.
The Beavers finished last in the Pac-10 for the fifth time, and the firstsince they went 3-15 in 1998-99 to share that distinction with USC. OregonState matched its worst conference finish at 1-17, also the team's record in1989-90.
The Cardinal established a new school record for lowest opponent scoringaverage in conference play at 56.9 points per game.
Their 17-game winning streak is the sixth longest in school history and bestsince Stanford won 22 straight in the 2001-02 season.
Stanford jumped to a 15-1 lead less than five minutes into the game behindtwo 3-pointers from Kimyacioglu and one from Suminski. The Cardinal, who wontheir regular-season finale for the 17th straight year, shot 58.6 percent inthe first half on the way to a 44-14 lead at the break. Stanford ended the halfon a 15-4 run.
The Beavers made their first field goal on Close's layin at the 15:11 mark.