No. 6 Stanford Too Much for ASU
Feb. 16, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Candice Wiggins gave her fans something to remember in her final regular season game at Maples Pavilion, scoring 23 points to move into second-place on the Pac-10 career scoring list and lead No. 6 Stanford to a 79-56 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
The 12th straight win for the Cardinal (24-3, 13-2) sets up next weekend's showdown for first place at Haas Pavilion against rival California. The Cardinal, who have won seven straight Pac-10 regular season titles, trail the Golden Bears by one game with three games remaining. But by beating Cal at home last month, Stanford could be in control of the race with a win next Saturday.
Wiggins had plenty of help this game. Rosalyn Gold-Onwude set career-highs with 17 points and five 3-pointers, Jayne Appel added 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. JJ Hones scored 11 points, making three of Stanford's 11 3-pointers in coach Tara VanDerveer's 900th game as a college coach.
Wiggins received a prolonged ovation during pregame introductions and was also to be honored along with fellow senior Cissy Pierce in a postgame ceremony. This most assuredly won't be Wiggins' last game at Maples because Stanford will host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament next month.
By then, Wiggins will likely be the top scorer in Pac-10 history. Her free throw 1:44 into the second half moved her past Oregon State's Tonja Kostic (2,349 points) into second place on the conference's career scoring list. Wiggins finished the game with 2,365 career points, 50 away from breaking Lisa Leslie's record of 2,414.
Wiggins followed with a 3-pointer, part of a 12-0 run that broke open a four-point game early in the second half. The Cardinal held Arizona State scoreless for more than 6 minutes during the spurt and led by double-digits the rest of the way.
Wiggins got a big embrace from VanDerveer and an even longer ovation when she was replaced by Hannah Donaghe in the final minutes. Pierce hit a jumper in the final minute for her only points.