Cardinal get 7th consecutive win

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Freshman Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and also had four steals, two assists and a blocked shot as second-ranked Stanford remained unbeaten with a 80-51 win over San Francisco on Sunday.

The Cardinal have won seven straight games to start the season for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when they won their first eight games. Stanford beat USF for the 13th straight time and leads the overall series 19-9.

Kelley Suminski added 15 points and Kristen Newlin 13 for the Cardinal (7-0).

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer sat on the opposite bench of her sister, Heidi, for the first time in her 19 years leading the Cardinal. Heidi, the top assistant for USF, is a former WNBA coach in Minnesota and Sacramento who also worked as head coach at
Eastern Washington.

It was a day of family ties.

Wiggins' older brother, Alan Jr., a sophomore center for the USF men's team, attended the game along with their uncle, Don, the older brother of the siblings' late father, Alan Wiggins. Alan Wiggins was a former major-leaguer and star of the 1984 Padres who
died of complications from AIDS in 1991.

USF leading scorer and sixth-year senior Mary Jane Krueger, a 6-foot-2 center who came in averaging 12.5 points and 10.8 rebounds, was held to four points and went 0-for-6 from the field.

Dominique Carter led the Dons (5-4) with 17 points, 15 in the second half.

Wiggins scored seven straight points and got a steal during a 13-0 run late in the first half that put Stanford ahead 44-17.

After routing Pepperdine 85-49 on Friday night in the debut of the new Maples Pavilion following the arena's $30 million renovation, Stanford started a five-game road trip Sunday and won't be back home until January. The Cardinal don't play again until next Saturday at Missouri.

Stanford used a 15-4 run in the first half to take control, getting nine straight points from Newlin during the spurt. The Dons committed eight turnovers to fall behind.

USF, which had won three of its previous four games, made only three of its first 16 shots. The Dons last beat Stanford on Dec. 9, 1983, a 69-63 victory.

The Cardinal are still without starting point guard Susan King Borchardt, who hasn't played yet this season because of a stress reaction in her left foot. She is still wearing a walking boot.

VanDerveer is hopeful to have Borchardt back in the lineup by the start of the Pac-10 season next month.