No. 7 Stanford Hands Defeat To Pacific, 82-26

Nov. 21, 2004

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer told her team thatplaying time will hinge on playing defense. At this rate, she's going to beusing a lot of people.

Stanford allowed its third-lowest points total ever and Candace Wigginsscored 15 points in the Cardinal's 82-26 victory over Pacific on Sunday.

'We worked very hard defensively,' VanDerveer said. 'We're doing some newthings and we're doing them really well.'

Stanford had 18 steals - five from freshman Cissy Pierce - and forced 27turnovers overall.

'The biggest thing is our aggressiveness,' Wiggins said. 'We have a goalsheet every day and aggressiveness is always on top.'

Thirteen players scored for Stanford (2-0), which beat Pacific by 61 pointslast year and has won six straight against the Tigers.

Stanford, playing in Santa Clara while its campus court is underconstruction, played without fifth-year senior guard Susan King Borchardt, whohas a stress fracture in her left foot.

No one scored more than five points for Pacific (1-1).

'We're a young team and this is a lesson we must learn,' Pacific coachCraig Jackson said. 'They were just so much more physical than we were. For usit's about getting better.'

The Cardinal held Pacific scoreless for a stretch of 7:40 during the secondhalf and built a 57-11 advantage.

'The good thing about our team is we have an all-around game,' Wigginssaid. 'You can try to close one thing but it's not just one thing we aredoing. We kind of do everything.'

Pacific went the final 11:22 of the first half without a field goal, missing14 consecutive shots. The Tigers made just 3 of 20 shots before halftime andtrailed 36-7 at the break.