No. 12 Stanford Starts Hot, Posts 80-52 Victory Over Fresno State

Jan. 3, 2007

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Jayne Appel scored 15 points, Brooke Smith added 13 and No. 12 Stanford routed Fresno State 80-52 Tuesday night for its eighth consecutive victory.

Jillian Harmon had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season for the Cardinal, who scored the game's first 16 points. Kristen Newlin added nine points for Stanford (10-3), which outrebounded Fresno State 50-32.

Jenny Thigpen had 15 points for Fresno State (7-6), which was hoping for its third home victory of the season over a ranked opponent. The Bulldogs previously defeated No. 18 Brigham Young and No. 23 Texas Tech.

Stanford bolted to a 16-0 lead to start the game as Fresno State missed its first nine shots.

The 6-foot-4 freshman Appel was especially effective against the smaller Bulldogs, scoring 10 points in the first half. While Newlin and Smith dominated inside, getting several easy putbacks, Fresno State struggled to find any offense.

The Bulldogs did not score until Chantella Perera drove the lane for a layup with 14:20 left.

Stanford didn't need major contributions from stars Candice Wiggins and Smith. Wiggins finished with seven points and four assists in 24 minutes. Smith got her first basket on a hook shot with 5:53 left, putting the Cardinal ahead 35-13.

Stanford shot 52.6 percent in the first half compared to 27.3 percent for the Bulldogs.

The Cardinal led 45-20 at halftime.

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