STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford's Brooke Smith listened,
learned and lifted weights while sitting out last season after
transferring from Duke.
Smith scored 19 points in 19 minutes to lead the Cardinal (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 5 AP)
past Washington State 72-39 on Sunday.
"It's never fun to watch a bunch of basketball when you want to
be out there playing," said Smith, Stanford's second-leading
scorer. "I worked on a lot of things and worked out in the weight
room. I'm excited about being here and I'm glad I made the move."
Candice Wiggins had 12 points and Kelley Suminski added 11 for
Stanford (10-2), which won its 19th consecutive Pac 10 home opener.
The Cardinal were coming off a 62-58 upset loss at Oregon on
"Our goal was to be more aggressive," Stanford coach Tara
VanDerveer said. "A missing piece of the puzzle is our toughness;
getting after it defensively. We can't think one game like this
fixes something. We have to continue to do those things."
Adriane Ferguson scored 10 points to lead the Cougars (4-7), who
lost their fifth straight and dropped to 39-0 all-time against
Stanford. Ferguson has reached double figures in eight of 10 games.
The Cougars entered as one of the Pac-10's top defensive teams,
but had trouble stopping Smith and the taller Cardinal. Washington
State allowed more than 70 points for just the third time this
"I thought we did a good job defensively," Washington State
coach Sherri Murrell said. "But they are so darn good. It's like a
garden hose. Once you think you've stopped one leak, out pops
another one. They constantly have fresh legs and they play well
Stanford, second in the conference in scoring defense, held its
sixth opponent to 50 points or fewer.
"This was a great way to start the new year," Wiggins said.
"Toughness was one of our resolutions this year and everyone is
Stanford also limited the conference's rebounding leader, Kate
Benz, to five boards. She averaged 12.5 rebounds over her previous
The Cardinal opened a 30-point advantage before the second half
was four minutes old. Most of the starters sat out the final 15
After the Cougars led 2-0 on a pair of free throws by Emma
Joneby, Stanford reeled off 10 straight points and never trailed
again. Keisha Moore's jumper at 13:19 was the Cougars' first field
Smith scored 14 points en route to Stanford's 40-17 halftime