Stanford Inks Three Recruits

Nov. 12, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. - Head women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer announced on Wednesday that Cissy Pierce, Christy Titchenal and Candice Wiggins have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Cardinal squad for the 2004-05 season.

Pierce, a native of Littleton, Colo., is a guard at Heritage High School. During the past summer, Pierce competed at the 2003 USA Basketball-Youth Development Festival. She has been twice honored as a Nike All-American and Street & Smith's All-American.

Last season, Pierce averaged 15.1 points per game and garnered Class 5A All-Tournament Team honors at the state playoffs as she helped her team to a runner-up finish. She was named Second-Team all-State and First-Team all-Continental League during her sophomore and junior seasons. As a freshman, Pierce broke the school record for most points scored in a game (33), was named First-Team all-Continental League and earned Honorable Mention all-State honors.

Pierce has lettered three times on the track and field team, taking second place in the long jump at last year's state championships with a school record leap of 18-10 3/4.

'I am just ecstatic and so looking forward to joining the team,' Pierce said. 'I've wanted to come to Stanford ever since I could remember and my dream was fully realized the first time I visited campus. Stanford has the whole package; the people, campus and school are great.'

Titchenal is a forward from Sonoma, Calif., and attends Ursuine High School. Titchenal was named First-Team all-North Bay League in 2002 and 2003, First-Team all-Empire in 2003 and Second-Team all-Empire in 2002.

As a junior, Titchenal averaged 12.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and led her team to the state quarterfinals after placing second in the North Coast section and being crowned North Bay League champions. Her sophomore squad boasted a 32-2 record, won the North Bay League and the North Coast section, and advanced to the state semifinals.

'I've grown up watching Stanford and am really excited about the incredible opportunity of attending one of the best schools in the nation and playing for a top team with great coaches,' Titchenal said.

Wiggins, a guard hailing from La Jolla, Calif., attends La Jolla Country Day School and is ranked among the top-10 prospects in the nation by the prep recruiting services. She was named Most Valuable Player at the 2003-04 adidas Top Ten Camp and a Second-Team All-American by Street & Smith. Wiggins has been honored as the Coastal South League, CIF Division V and Cal-Hi Player of the Year for three-straight seasons. During her prep career, Wiggins has notched 2,514 points and 1,071 rebounds, while averaging a double-double of 27.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Wiggins' squad has tallied an 84-15 record and has twice been crowned Division V State Champion.

'I have always really wanted to go to Stanford. No other school compares with what Stanford has to offer,' Wiggins said. 'The basketball team is fun to watch and plays my style, so I think I will fit in well.'

In prep volleyball, Wiggins earned First-Team all-Coastal South League and First-Team all-CIF honors three-consecutive seasons. She was named the Most Valuable Player of her squad during her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Wiggins has plans of joining the Stanford volleyball team as a walk-on.

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