(4) Stanford 88

(22-2, 14-1 Pac-12)

USC 62

(16-9, 10-6 Pac-12)

    10:00 PM ET, February 18, 2005

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    #4STAN 39 4988
    USC 29 3362

    Cardinal coast to 14th straight win

    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 games.

    "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.

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