No. 9 Cardinal Overcomes Slow Start To Top Beavers, 69-55

Jan. 20, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Brooke Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds and No. 9 Stanford overcame its worst shooting half of the season to beat Oregon State 69-55 Saturday.

Candice Wiggins added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cardinal (15-3, 8-0 Pac-10), who overcame an 11-point halftime deficit en route to their 14th consecutive win. It's the third-longest active streak in the nation.

Casey Nash scored 20 points to lead Oregon State (7-10, 2-6), which remained winless in Maples Pavilion in 21 tries. The Beavers haven't beaten Stanford on any court since an 81-65 win on Jan. 11, 2001, in Corvallis, Ore. Since then, the Cardinal have won 13 straight against their conference foe.

Stanford, which was held to a season-low 23 points in the first half while shooting just 33.3 percent, was much better in the second half, going on a 20-6 run in the first 5:30 to take a 43-40 lead on Wiggins' 3-pointer. Smith then scored eight points to spark another Cardinal run before JJ Hones' driving layup pushed Stanford's lead to 61-50 with 4:04 remaining.

Jill Harmon added 13 points and six rebounds for Stanford, which has not lost since a 74-69 defeat at then-No. 8 Georgia on Nov. 26.

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