Stanford's Candice Wiggins Named WBCA Player Of The Month For December
Jan. 11, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford guard and three-time All-American Candice Wiggins was named the WBCA National Player of the Month for December, after leading the Stanford Cardinal to a perfect 6-0 record and No. 2 national ranking during that time. This honor marks the first time Wiggins has received the award in her career.
Wiggins averaged 20.5 points and 3.2 assists per game during the month of December, leading the Cardinal (currently 12-3, 2-2) to a pair of victories over top-10 teams in No. 10 Baylor (Dec. 16) and No. 1 Tennessee (Dec. 22). Wiggins scored 35 points on 11-for-22 shooting to go with four steals as Stanford routed the 10th-ranked Bears, 87-63, and followed that up with 21 points in a road victory against New Mexico. Against the top-ranked Lady Vols, Wiggins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in leading the Cardinal to a 73-69 overtime win over Tennessee, snapping an 11-game skid against the Lady Vols. For her efforts over those two weeks of play, Wiggins captured consecutive U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week honors (Dec. 17 & 24).
Wiggins also shot 79.1 percent from the charity stripe in December, while shooting 44.4 percent form the field and 42.5 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, she added 4.8 rebounds per games and 2.7 steals per game in that span. Stanford currently holds the No. 7 spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll.Wiggins also ranks second in the league in scoring with 17.4 points per game, tied for fourth with 2.25 steals per game and seventh with 1.69 three-point field goals made per game. Wiggins' outstanding play has earned her a place on the 2007-08 State Farm Wade Watch as one of the top 26 players in the nation.
The senior's 123 points during the month of December, in addition to the 50 points she has scored thus far in January gave her sole possession of second place on Stanford's career scoring list with 2,119 points. A three-time WBCA All-American, Wiggins has been a finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy each of the past two seasons. The native of San Diego, Calif., earned Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors for the 2004-05 season. She claimed the Player of the Year award again as a sophomore, and last year she was named the Pac-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player as a junior.