10:00 PM ET, January 7, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Candice Wiggins wasn't about to let Stanford drop another game at McArthur Court.Wiggins scored a career-high 37 points, and No. 16 Stanford rallied to beat Oregon 76-64 Saturday before 5,062 fans, snapping the Cardinal's two-game skid at Mac Court.Wiggins, a sophomore All-American guard, finished with a career-best 14 field goals on 21 attempts, lifting the Cardinal (10-4, 5-1 Pac-10) into first place in the conference."This is one of the biggest wins in our conference," said Wiggins, who added seven rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes. "Coming here to Mac Court with the crowd and the intensity is tough."Wiggins' 37 points are the most in the Pac-10 this season."What separates Candice from other players is her competitive desire," Stanford coach Tara VanCerveer said. "She plays with such intensity and has the ability to make other players around her better."Brooke Smith had 15 points and Krista Rappahahn added 10 for Stanford, which shot 51 percent (26-of-51) against the Pac-10's top-ranked scoring defense.Carolyn Ganes and Chelsea Wagner had 15 points each for Oregon (10-4, 1-3), which led 56-50 with less than 10 minutes to play.Wiggins scored nine points in an 11-4 Stanford run late in the second half, draining a wide-open 3-pointer to give the Cardinal a 64-60 edge."When my team is down, they look to me, and I make sure that we keep attacking," said Wiggins, who last year became the first freshman to win Pac-10 player of the year honors. "I enjoy those key moments when the game is on the line."The Ducks couldn't advance the ball against Stanford's full-court press, as freshman Jillian Harmon stole a pass and assisted on Rappahahn's 3-pointer, pushing the Cardinal lead to 67-60 with 3:46 left.The Cardinal hit 6-of-8 free-throw attempts in the final 1:03 to seal it.Stanford shot 51 percent from the field (25-51) against the Pac-10's top-ranked scoring defense.Smith scored 13 first-half points, sparking a 10-0 run to give Stanford an early 15-5 lead.Wagner scored eight consecutive points including two 3-pointers in less than two minutes to cut the Stanford lead to 15-13.Ganes rattled in a 3-pointer with 8:30 left in the first half to give the Ducks their first lead at 24-21.Oregon took its biggest lead at 37-30 on a Kedzie Gunderson three-point play with 2:15 to go in the half.Wiggins, who had 16 points in the first half, scored 11 of Stanford's final 12 points of the half to bring the Cardinal within 37-35 at the break.