Stanford Rallies Past Temple, 63-54

Nov. 25, 2007

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and No. 4 Stanford rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Temple 63-54 at the Paradise Jam on Sunday night.

Wiggins scored 13 of her points in the second half and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line during a 13-0 spurt that put the Cardinal ahead 61-52 with a minute to play.

Stanford (5-1), which took third place in the tournament, also got 16 points from Jayne Appel and 13 from Jillian Harmon, who grabbed 10 rebounds.

Stanford, which trailed 39-22 at halftime, opened the second period with a 17-0 run, capped by Kayla Pedersen's reverse layup that gave them a 41-39 lead with 12:45 to play.

Ashley Morris led Temple (2-4) with 19 points and Lady Comfort added 14 with nine rebounds.

The Owls jumped out to an 8-2 lead and pushed their advantage to 39-20 on a shot by Lady Comfort with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Stanford's top post players, Pedersen and Appel, both picked up early fouls and Temple pounded the ball inside. Appel fouled out with 4:23 to play on a layup Shenita Landry.

The Owls shot 56 percent overall in the first half, including 5-for-9 from 3-point range, while holding the Cardinal to only 32 percent, including 0-for-5 from behind the arc.

But the Owls cooled off and shot 5-for-25 in the second half.

Stanford was outrebounded 5-1 in the opening minutes but ultimately dominated the boards 37-27.

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