No. 10 Makes It 10: Stanford Continues Win Streak

Jan. 8, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Brooke Smith made her first six field-goal attempts on the way to a season-high 28 points, leading No. 10 Stanford to its 10th straight win with a 69-54 victory over South Carolina on Monday night.

Candice Wiggins had 15 points, five rebounds and three assists in the Cardinal's first game back in the top 10 since starting the season ranked fourth before losing to BYU on Nov. 13 in their second game.

Smith shot 14-for-17, tying her career high for shots made, and grabbed seven rebounds as the Cardinal (12-3) extended their longest winning streak since getting 23 in a row two years ago.

Stacy Booker had 17 points with five 3-pointers and seven rebounds in South Carolina's second straight loss following a five-game winning streak. The Gamecocks (10-2) lost their Southeastern Conference opener to Kentucky on Thursday.

Kristen Newlin scored six straight points and Stanford built a 50-35 lead with 14:45 to play. She finished with eight points, while freshman Jayne Appel came off the bench to add seven points, seven boards, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Fellow freshman JJ Hones had five assists.

Booker cut Stanford's lead to 59-50 on a 3-pointer with 7:20 left, then hit another long jumper the next time down the floor to make it 59-53 before Smith's basket on the other end started an 8-0 Stanford spurt.

Stanford, unbeaten so far at 5-0 in Pac-10 play, shot 46 percent in the start of a challenging stretch featuring three games in six days that includes a road trip to Washington and Washington State. It's the second time this season the Cardinal have three games in six days.

The Gamecocks forced the Cardinal into 15 turnovers in the first meeting between the schools, but had no answer for Smith and Wiggins.

Brionna Dickerson scored five points in a 10-0 run midway through the first half that tied the game at 20 after Stanford built a 20-10 lead. The Cardinal answered with a 16-5 run to end the half with a 36-25 lead.

The Gamecocks are 5-5 all-time against the Pac-10 and had split their previous four meetings with the conference dating to 1995.

Stanford assistant Charmin Smith and South Carolina assistant Michelle Marciniak were teammates on the WNBA's Seattle Storm in 2001. Cardinal assistant Karen Middleton is the most prolific 3-point shooter in South Carolina's program history.

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