No. 7 Stanford Tops Washington, 73-53
Feb. 29, 2008
SEATTLE - JJ Hones scored eight of her 16 points during a 12-0 run to start the second half, Candice Wiggins had 22 points and seventh-ranked Stanford pulled away from Washington for a 73-53 win Friday night.
Stanford needs a win Sunday at lowly Washington State to wrap up at least a share of its eighth straight Pac-10 title, no matter what No. 9 California does at Washington. A win against the Cougars would also give Stanford the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament.
Wiggins has 2,400 career points, pulling within 14 of Lisa Leslie's conference record of 2,414. Wiggins overcame a sluggish start to make nine of 18 shots and grabbed 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Her final points came when she stopped a Washington fastbreak with a steal and sprinted the length of the court for a left-handed layup with five minutes left.
Jayne Appel scored 12 and Kayla Pedersen added 11 as the Cardinal (26-3, 15-2) won their 14th straight.
Andrea Plouffe led Washington (12-17, 7-10) with 11 points, but the Huskies shot just 28 percent and scored only 17 second-half points.
Despite dominating the last four meetings against Washington, winning by an average of 28 points, the Cardinal struggled to shake the Huskies, leading just 38-36 at halftime.
But Hones and Wiggins quickly sparked the Cardinal. Hones opened the second half with five quick points. Appel scored on the interior, Hones hit another 3-pointer and Wiggins capped the spurt with a driving layup for a 50-36 Stanford lead.Advertisement
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Washington went scoreless for nearly six minutes, missing its first nine shots of the second half. The Huskies finally got on the board with Katelan Redmon's basket, but Stanford scored 12 of the next 15 points to push the lead to 62-42 with 10 minutes left.
Hones made six of nine shots, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, as the Cardinal shot 54.5 percent.
The Huskies used a scrappy trap defense and aggressive offensive rebounding to stay even with Stanford for much of the first half.
Even when Wiggins hit consecutive 3s late in the half to put the Cardinal up 35-30, Washington kept Stanford from pulling away. Sami Whitcomb scored all six of her first-half points in the final 4:13, including a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to pull Washington to 38-36 at the break.