Stanford's Wiggins Named WBCA Player of the Month
Jan. 11, 2008
ATLANTA - Stanford University's guard, Candice Wiggins, has been named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) National Player of the Month for December.
Wiggins averaged 20.5 points and 3.2 assists per game during the month of December, leading the Cardinal (12-3, 2-2) to a perfect 6-0 record for the month. The Pac-10 leader in free throw percentage, she shot 79.1 percent from the charity stripe in December, while shooting 44.4 percent form the field and 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Wiggins added 4.8 rebounds per games and 2.7 steals per game last month as she earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice. This is the first time Wiggins has received the WBCA's National Player of the Month award in her career. Stanford currently ranks #7 in the USA TODAY ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll.
In addition to leading the Pac-10 in free throw percentage, Wiggins also ranks second in the league in scoring with 17.6 points per game, tied for fourth with 2.31 steals per game and sixth with 1.69 three-point field goals made per game. Wiggins' outstanding play has earned her a place on the 2007-08 State Farm Wade Watch as one of the top 26 players in the nation.
The senior's 123 points during the month of December gave her sole possession of third place on Stanford's career scoring list with 2,069 points. A three-time WBCA All-American, Wiggins has been a finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy each of the past two seasons. The native of San Diego, Calif., earned Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors for the 2004-05 season. She claimed the Player of the Year award again as a sophomore, and last year she was named the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player as a junior.
Players earning WBCA National Player of the Month Honorable Mention for December include: Carlee Cassidy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (America East); Ta'Shia Phillips, Xavier (Atlantic 10); Stefanie Murphy, Boston College (ACC); Danielle Gant, Texas A&M (Big 12); Angel McCoughtry, Louisville (Big East); Natalie Doma, Idaho State (Big Sky); Megan Frazee, Liberty (Big South); Jantel Lavender, Ohio State (Big Ten); Stephanie Duda, UC Irvine (Big West); Tamera Young, James Madison (Colonial Athletic); Kizzi Hart, Marshall (Conference USA); Robyn Fairbanks, Utah Valley (Independent); Caitlin Flood, Manhattan College (Metro Atlantic); Amanda Jackson, Miami (OH) University (Mid-American); Josylne Jackson, Florida A&M (Mid-Eastern); Jasmine Gibson, Southern Illinois (Missouri Valley); Leilani Mitchell, Utah (Mountain West); Ashley Hayes, Murray State (Ohio Valley); Vanessa Van De Venter, Lafayette (Patriot League); Lauren Ervin, Arkansas (SEC); Alex Anderson, Univ. of Tenn.-Chattanooga (Southern); Candace Thomas, Prairie View A&M (Southwestern Athletic); Jernisha Cann, IUPUI (Summit League); Crystal Kelly, Western Kentucky (Sun Belt); Dominique Carter, San Francisco (West Coast); Dellena Criner, Nevada (Western Athletic).
*WBCA National Player of the Month is based on achievements during the respective month for nomination. All nominations must come from the conference office and the player's head coach must be a member of the WBCA.About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit www.wbca.org.