Stanford's Candice Wiggins Named To ESPN.Com All-America First Team
March 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior guard Candice Wiggins added to her collection of postseason honors Friday, being named to ESPN.com's All-America First Team. Wiggins, who led the Pac-10 with 19.3 points per game and was named Pac-10 Player of the Year for a record-breaking third time, has now earned her second All-American nod so far this postseason, having been named to Sports Illustrated's All-America First Team last week.
Wiggins joins LSU's Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut's Maya Moore, Oklahoma's Courtney Paris, and Tennessee's Candace Parker on the squad. Parker was also named ESPN.com's National Player of the Year.
In her fourth year at Stanford, Wiggins turned in another spectacular season, which included memorable and record-breaking performances. Stanford's (and the Pac-10's) leading scorer with 19.3 points per game, Wiggins has led the Cardinal to a 30-3 record entering its 21st consecutive NCAA Tournament, the school's seventh 30-win season. Her play also highlighted the Cardinal's 16-2 mark in Pac-10 play and eighth consecutive regular-season title, as well as a three-game romp to Stanford's fifth Pac-10 Tournament title in seven years. For her efforts on the season, Wiggins was named Pac-10 Player of the Year for a record-breaking third time, to the All-Pac-10 First Team for the fourth year in a row, and garnered Pac-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors for the third time.
Her record-breaking year included three 30-point efforts, as well as 15 games in which she scored at least 20 points. That scoring tear led Wiggins to the top of both the Stanford and Pac-10 record books for career points, as she currently boasts 2,478 points entering the NCAA Tournament. On Jan. 31, Wiggins surpassed Kate Starbird's previous record of 2,215 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer, then on March 2, she topped Lisa Leslie's 14-year old Pac-10 scoring mark of 2,414 points to become the most prolific scorer in conference history.
Currently, Wiggins also holds Stanford career records for points per game (18.9), three-pointers made (277) and attempted (708), and free throws made (522). Her 277 career threes are only eight back of all-time Pac-10 leader Lisa Griffith's (Arizona - 1997-2000) mark of 285.
On top of earning her second All-American nod, Wiggins is also a finalist for both the Naismith Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award.
The ESPN.com selection panel consisted of columnists Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel, Bracketologist Charlie Creme, and ESPN.com women's basketball editor Melanie Jackson.