10:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006
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 problem."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.