TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Stanford not only won the battle of preseason Pac-10 favorites but also ended Arizona's 34-game home-court winning streak -- the nation's best -- with a 78-66 victory Sunday.
The Cardinal (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) used guard play, especially Candice Wiggins' 28 points, to pull ahead with an 18-1 run late in the second half.The loss was Arizona's first at McKale Center since a 78-71 setback to Louisiana State on Nov. 22, 2002."We won the Pac-10 last year but we lost two games down here (at Arizona) last year. This should give us the confidence that we can play with anybody, anywhere. We need to build on this," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer.Wiggins, who scored a season-high 31 points on Friday in a victory over Arizona State, hit a 3-pointer with 4:45 left to put Stanford ahead 56-45.Dee Dee Wheeler led Arizona with 25 points. Shawtinice Polk added 12 for the Wildcats.Stanford (13-2, 5-1) received offensive support from Kelley Suminski and Susan Borchardt, who added 20 and 11 points, respectively.The Wildcats took their first lead of the game at 36-35 in the opening minute of the second half when Wheeler and Katrina Linder connected on back-to-back field goals.They had a 56-50 lead when Danielle Adefeso scored with 11:28 left in the game.That's when Stanford took off, scoring 15 points straight. Wiggins' 3 capped the 15-0 surge.