It's Wiggins' World In 67-52 Cardinal Win

March 4, 2007

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Candice Wiggins hit a career-high and tournament-record eight 3-pointers on the way to 29 points, and No. 7 Stanford beat Southern California 67-52 Sunday to reach the Pac-10 tournament title game.

Wiggins hit her first five 3-point attempts and initial six field-goal tries, and finished 10-for-13 from the field and 8-of-9 from long range. The two-time Pac-10 player of the year left to a standing ovation when she took a seat with 8:26 to play.

Kristen Newlin had 10 points, 10 rebounds and a tournament-record six blocks. Brooke Smith added eight points, eight boards and four assists in the Cardinal's eighth straight victory and 10th in a row against USC. Stanford has not lost in the series since a 59-56 defeat on Jan. 25, 2004.

Stanford (27-4) will play Monday night against ninth-ranked Arizona State, which beat No. 25 California 60-53 earlier Sunday. Stanford lost in last year's final to UCLA, which had defeated Arizona State in the semifinals. The Cardinal won both meetings with the Sun Devils this season - 77-71 on Dec. 30 and 73-65 in overtime Jan. 27.

Wiggins, smiling as she ran off the court for a timeout with 7:22 remaining in the first half, was marvelous in her second game back after missing the team's final two conference contests with a left hamstring injury. She returned Saturday to score 16 points in a 65-55 win over Arizona - then helped Stanford shoot 71 percent from 3-point range (10-for-14) Sunday.

Shay Murphy had 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the fifth-seeded Women of Troy (17-13). Chloe Kerr had 14 points on 3-for-13 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds for USC, which squeaked out an 81-77 win over fourth-seeded Washington on Saturday night to reach the semifinals.

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