No. 8 Cal Edged by No. 7 Stanford, 60-58
Feb. 23, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Jayne Appel scored 13 of her 16 points in the second half and Candice Wiggins overcame a horrid shooting game to score the go-ahead basket down the stretch, helping No. 7 Stanford beat No. 8 California 60-58 on Saturday to take control of the Pac-10 race.
Wiggins missed 14 of her first 16 shots before stealing the ball from Devanei Hampton and scoring on an uncontested layup that gave the Cardinal a 58-56 lead with 2:47 to go. She hit a pullup jumper to give Stanford (25-3, 14-2) a four-point lead and the Cardinal hung on from there to complete the season sweep of the rival Golden Bears (23-4, 14-2).
With the win, Stanford moves into a tie for first place in the conference with two games remaining. If the Cardinal win at Washington and Washington State next weekend, they are assured of the top seed in the Pac-10 tournament and their eighth straight conference title.
The Bears had their chances late but Lauren Greif missed a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left and Stanford leading 60-58. Kayla Pedersen missed a front end of a one-and-one and Appel blocked Alexis Gray-Lawson's shot with 8 seconds left.
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude missed another front end, but Gray-Lawson hit the front rim on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Gray-Lawson slumped over in frustration as Stanford celebrated at midcourt.
For a moment, it looked like Cal was ready to dethrone the champions in front of a nearly packed house of 10,525 - the biggest crowd ever to see a Pac-10 conference game.
Cal went on a 10-0 run midway through the second half, keyed by Greif's bank shot as she fell to the ground. The spurt started with Wiggins on the bench with four fouls and ended with a basket by Gray-Lawson that made it 56-53 with less than 5 minutes remaining.
Appel tied it with a three-point play and then Wiggins delivered her clutch shots. Wiggins finished with 13 points on 4-for-19 shooting and moved within 37 points of breaking Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 career record of 2,414 points.
JJ Hones added 16 points for Stanford and Pedersen had 10.
Hampton led Cal with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ashley Walker added 17 points and 14 rebounds.