No. 6 Stanford Overpowers Santa Clara, 96-74

Feb. 5, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - JJ Hones hit five of her team's season-best 13 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 20 points and No. 6 Stanford won its eighth straight game with a 96-74 victory over Santa Clara on Tuesday night.

Candice Wiggins added 20 points with three 3s in 21 minutes on the heels of her fourth Pac-10 Player of the Week honor and second in a row for the Cardinal. Stanford traveled 20 minutes down the 101 freeway for its final nonconference game before traveling Wednesday to Oregon for games against the Ducks on Thursday and Oregon State on Saturday.

The Cardinal (20-3), who were coming off a weekend sweep of USC and UCLA to avenge their lone two Pac-10 losses, shot 13-for-26 from long range and led by as many as 26. That allowed coach Tara VanDerveer to rest her regulars for much of the second half.

The Cardinal started the game 15-for-18 but allowed the Broncos to get regular open looks from the perimeter -- and Santa Clara knocked down three of its first five 3-point tries.

Stanford was 6-for-9 on 3s in the opening 11 minutes, three by Hones and two from Wiggins. Kayla Pedersen added 15 points with two 3s of her own as well as eight rebounds and Jillian Harmon had 11 points, seven rebounds and four steals. The Cardinal, who held a 36-23 edge on the boards, were three 3-pointers short of the school record.

Hones shot 5-for-6 on 3s and also dished out three assists.

Wiggins started a 17-2 run with a three-point play at the 10:23 mark of the first half and Hones had two 3s during the spurt. Her fourth 3 of the game at 6:26 gave the Cardinal a 45-23 lead and Stanford held a 56-38 advantage at the break on 69-percent shooting.

That matched Stanford's highest scoring half of the season, also accomplished in the team's season-opening 100-44 win at Yale on Nov. 9.

Tracey Walker scored 23 points and Jen Gottschalk had 14 with five boards for Santa Clara (16-6) in its second straight defeat following a five-game winning streak. Maggie Goldenberger added nine points in place of injured leading-scorer Chandice Cronk, scoring seven straight points for Santa Clara early in the game before getting into foul trouble.

Santa Clara lost Cronk, the fourth-leading scorer in the West Coast Conference at 17.1 points per game, to a career-ending knee injury Saturday during an 88-52 loss at Gonzaga.

Soccer gold medalist Brandi Chastain, a former Santa Clara star, and ex-California and Santa Clara women's basketball coach Caren Horstmeyer were in attendance.

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