Cougars Fall to No. 11 Stanford
Feb. 8, 2007
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Freshman Jayne Appel had 19 points and season-best 14 rebounds for her first career double-double and No. 11 Stanford handed Washington State a 60-34 loss on Thursday night.
Candice Wiggins had 16 points and four rebounds while playing point guard most of the game in place of injured freshman JJ Hones, helping the Cardinal bounce back after a tough loss to rival California on Sunday. Brooke Smith added 12 points and seven rebounds, with Stanford shooting 46 percent and holding a 48-35 advantage on the boards.
The Cardinal (20-4, 12-1 Pac-10), who hit at least one 3-pointer for their 400th consecutive game but also committed 19 turnovers, have won all 44 meetings between the schools in a series that started during the 1982-83 season.
Amanda DuRocher scored 10 points for Washington State (5-19, 1-13), which played Stanford tough in a 63-55 loss in Pullman on Jan. 13, but couldn't do anything effectively on offense this time. The Cougars were shooting 11 percent at one point in the second half at 4-for-36.
Stanford led by as many as 31 and was up 28-11 at halftime, the fewest points allowed by the Cardinal in a half this season. Washington State, which came into the game shooting 36.8 percent from the floor, didn't make its first two-point field goal until a putback by Ebonee Coates at the 18:51 mark of the second half.
Stanford then went on an 11-0 run to build a 39-13 lead, getting eight points, including six in a row, from Appel during the spurt. The 6-foot-4 Appel, slowed by a shoulder injury early in the season, shot 8-for-14 and showed why she was such a heralded recruit out of nearby Pleasant Hill.
Center Kristen Newlin left midway through the second half after grabbing her neck in pain under the basket and did not return.
Cissy Pierce moved into the starting lineup for Stanford after the Cardinal lost Hones, a freshman point guard, to a season-ending knee injury in the 72-57 loss to Cal on Feb. 4.
That loss - Stanford's first defeat against Cal in nearly six years - ended the Cardinal's 17-game winning streak and a 50-game home Pac-10 unbeaten run. They dropped three places in the poll this week, too.
Coach Tara VanDerveer used reserve guards Melanie Murphy and Markisha Coleman for more minutes in the absence of Hones, who will have surgery in the coming weeks to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee.
The Cougars started 2-for-18. They made their first shot of the game with a 3-pointer by DuRocher, then missed eight straight field-goal tries before another 3 by DuRocher more than 6 minutes later.