STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Even with Candice Wiggins suffering
through a rare off night, Stanford (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP) had enough to extend its
winning streak to six games.
Brooke Smith had 20 points and 11 rebounds for her
conference-leading sixth double-double and the Cardinal responded
with an 82-51 victory over Arizona on Thursday night.
Jillian Harmon added 13 points and seven rebounds for the
conference-leading Cardinal (12-4, 7-1 Pac-10), who won their sixth
straight and 41st consecutive home conference contest. Wiggins was
held to a season-low 11.
"Candice had an off night, but I think this might be motivating
for her," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's real
competitive and she likes to score. She likes to make things
happen. She won't get down; she'll just come back and play. That's
my prediction anyway. I'd hate to guard her on Saturday."
Ashley Whisonant scored 12 points to lead Arizona, which lost
for the sixth time in seven games. The Wildcats, at 0-6, are the
only Pac-10 team without a road victory.
"In the second half, they lit us up and we had our heads down a
little," Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said. "We didn't get much
from our post, and they just dominated the boards."
Stanford's Cissy Pierce served the first of a two-game
suspension for missing practice this week. The sophomore guard, who
has started once and appeared in 13 games, also will miss
Saturday's game against No. 15 Arizona State.
Arizona freshman forward Amina Njonkou, in her second start and
third appearance, left the game with an apparent right ankle injury
with 12:23 left.
The Wildcats (6-12, 2-6 Pac-10) appear to be headed for their
first losing season since 1994-95, though they have suffered
several setbacks including the loss of 6-foot-5 center Shawntinice
Polk, who died suddenly in September. Shannon Hobson, a 6-foot-2
junior center, is a medical redshirt this year due to a back
"Shawntinice makes such a difference for everybody,"
VanDerveer said. "With Hobson out too they don't have any size in
there. For what they've been through, they are doing very well."
The Cardinal scored 14 of the first 16 points in the second half
to open a 57-30 lead with 15:43 remaining to play. They led by as
many as 42.
Arizona missed 13 3-point attempts before Kelsey Burns and Che
Oh hit two straight in the final five minutes.
Stanford scored the game's first 10 points and raced to a 20-3
lead less than seven minutes into the game. The Cardinal did most
of their offensive damage without a significant contribution from
Wiggins, who missed her first nine shots and had four points, all
on free throws, by halftime. Wiggins had scored 30 or more points
in three of her previous games.
"She has an off scoring night but everyone else seems to pick
it up," Bonvincini said. "That's the mark of a good team."
Arizona, with Whisonant scoring 10 points, rallied to within
43-28 by halftime.