Candice Wiggins Named United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month
Aug. 14, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior guard Candice Wiggins (San Diego, Calif.) has been named the United States Olympic Committee's Athlete of the Month for July, the USOC announced today. Wiggins was honored alongside distance runner Alan Webb and the U.S. softball team.
Wiggins was honored following a busy month of July which saw her lead a pair of U.S. teams to gold medals at the Under-21 World Championship and the 2007 Pan-American Games. At the Under-21 World Championships in Moscow, Russia, she averaged 13.1 points a game, including a 30-point effort in the U.S.' opening contest that fueled a come-from-behind 90-88 victory. Wiggins paced the U.S. in the medal round as well, scoring 27 points in a semifinal win over host Russia, then adding 14 points in the gold-medal clinching 96-73 win over the Australians.
Immediately following the triumph, Wiggins joined the Pan-American Games team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She scored 10 points in the United States' tournament-opening 95-41 win over Colombia, and turned in a strong performance in the tournament as the U.S. went a perfect 5-0 and struck gold with a 79-66 victory over Brazil in the gold-medal game.
Wiggins, a three-time Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press All-American and two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year, will return to Stanford this fall for her senior season with the Cardinal women's basketball team.
Webb (Reston, Va.) became the holder of the American record for the fastest mile after finishing in 3 minutes and 46.91 seconds at the Atletiek Vlaanderenmeet July 21 in Brasschaa, Belgium. The record was previously held by Steve Scott for the past 25 years.
Before capturing the record, Webb won the 1500 meters at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis with a time of 3:30.54 on July 6. Webb also set two personal records in the 800 meters during the month. His finishing time of 1:43.84 at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden-Zolder on July 28 surpassed his previous personal-best of 1:45.80, which was set earlier in the month at the MAI-Galan in Malmo, Sweden.
The U.S. Women's Softball Team went undefeated at the World Cup, Canada Cup and the Pan American Games. They outscored their opponents 164-4 during the three events and posted a batting average of .426. The pitching staff's ability to hold their opponents to a .115 batting average also helped carry the team on their way to three gold medals and a 20-0 record.