LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Candice Wiggins, Susan King Borchardt and
Azella Perryman scored 14 points apiece, and Stanford (No. 2 ESPN/USA Today; No. 4 AP) wrapped
up its record-tying fifth consecutive Pac-10 championship with an
88-62 victory over Southern California on Friday night.
The victory was the 14th in a row for the Cardinal (23-2, 14-1
Pac-10), which hasn't lost since a 62-58 decision at Oregon on Dec.
29, its only conference defeat.
The Cardinal will face Oregon again on Thursday. This time the
game will be at Stanford, where the Cardinal have won 35 straight
"We'd like to keep winning at home and, yes, we'd like to pay
back Oregon," Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer said. "But mostly we
want to keep everyone healthy going into the Pac-10 tournament."
Stanford is the only Pac-10 team to win or share five
consecutive conference championships, having also done it from 1988
to 1993. No other school has won more than three.
Borchardt, a fifth-year senior who missed parts of two seasons
after twice undergoing surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament
in her right knee, has been on all five conference title teams.
The Cardinal scored the first five points and led 39-29 at
halftime. USC (16-9, 10-6) tied the game 5-5 in the first half, but
after Kristen Newlin made a layup to make it 7-5, Stanford never
relinquished the lead.
Eshaya Murphy topped the Trojans in scoring with 12 points.
Brynn Cameron had 10 for USC.