No. 10 Cardinal Moves to 7-0 in Pac-10 With 63-55 Win Over Cougars
Jan. 13, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Freshman JJ Jones scored a season-high 17 points to lead No. 10 Stanford past Washington State 63-55 Saturday.
Brooke Smith added 12 points and career highs of 10 assists and seven steals for Stanford (14-3, 7-0 Pac-10). Despite the absence of All-American guard Candice Wiggins due to a sprained ankle, the Cardinal improved to 43-0 all-time against Washington State.
Marisa Stotler and Amanda DuRocher led Washington State (5-13, 1-7) with 17 points. The Cougars have lost seven straight.
Stanford bolted to 10-0 and 14-2 leads. The Cougars missed 10 of 11 shots in the first 9 minutes and shot 32 percent for the game. Both teams had 20 turnovers.
The Cardinal led 24-8 before Washington State closed the first half with a 12-4 run to trail 28-20 at the break. Jones scored 14 points in the second half to help Stanford pull away.
Stanford had beaten Washington State by an average of 29 points in 10 games since the Cardinal's last single-digit win over the Cougars, an 87-78 decision in 2001.
NOTES: Junior guard Candice Wiggins, nursing a sprained right ankle, missed her third game of the year. Wiggins suffered the injury during the first half of Stanford's 77-56 win at Washington on Thursday and did not practice with the team as a precaution on Friday afternoon. She is expected to play against Oregon on Jan. 18 ... Brooke Smith's 10 assists and seven steals were career-highs. She is the first Stanford player to record 10 assists in a game since Sebnem Kimyacioglu accomplished the feat in an 83-45 rout of Oregon State on Dec. 27, 2004 ... Stanford improves to 43-0 all-time against Washington State. Of those 43 victories, only seven have come by single-digit margins ... Jillian Harmon's three-pointer for the first bucket of the game was just her second this season and third of her career ... Washington State turned the ball over five teams before Marisa Stotler scored the Cougars' first bucket of the game with a turnaround jumper at the 15:52 mark ... Stanford's winning streak reaches 12 games, the longest since a 23-game stretch in 2004-05 and one of 17 double-digit winning streaks in program history ... Her only basket of the first half was a signature hook shot, but Brooke Smith's other totals were impressive: five rebounds, six assists and four steals ... Game-time temperature in Pullman: a frigid 12 degrees ... Eight different Stanford players have scored in double-figures this year and five different players have earned game-high scoring honors ... Kristen Newlin has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in a game six times this year.