STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford won its sixth straight Pac-10
title, and are looking for bigger things.
Candice Wiggins scored 14 of her 22 points in the second half in
helping the 15th-ranked Cardinal win the outright title with a
78-47 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Jillian Harmon added 19 points for the Cardinal (21-6, 15-3
Pac-10), which enter Friday's conference tournament as the top
seed. Brooke Smith had 11.
"It's very exciting because it's a long season and a great
acknowledgment to win the regular season," Harmon said. "But we
also want to win the conference tournament because that's what gets
you into the NCAA tournament. We're gaining momentum and I think
we'll play well."
Kate Benz, who led the Cougars (8-19, 2-16) with 10 points and
eight rebounds, moved into fourth place on Washington State's
all-time rebounding list with 689. Amanda DuRocher had 12 points.
Wiggins, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year
last season, moved into 20th place on Stanford's all-time scoring
list with 1,198 points. Former All-American Kate Starbird finished
her collegiate career with 2,215.
"Candice hit some big shots in the second half and we got it
going," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We rushed a little
bit in the first half but we settled down and that gave us some
good momentum into the tournament."
Stanford won its conference record sixth straight title, and
15th overall. The Cardinal also won its 46th consecutive home game
against a Pac-10 opponent and improved to 169-11 all-time in Pac-10
Washington State has never won in 42 meetings with the Cardinal.
"Stanford shot much better even with the same pressure,"
Cougars coach Sherri Murrell said. "In the second half they made
the same shots they missed in the first half. Stanford just became
Senior Krista Rappahahn, playing in her final home game, sparked
a 14-0 run early in the second half that put Stanford up 48-29.
The Cardinal took a 30-point lead into the final five minutes.
The Cougars took advantage of Stanford's early shooting woes to
build a 14-5 lead six minutes into the contest.
Stanford missed eight of its first nine shots, including an
0-for-6 effort from Wiggins, and did not hold a lead until Harmon
hit a follow shot with 7:50 left in the half.
The Cardinal used a 9-0 run -- Harmon and Wiggins accounting for
all the points -- to outscore Washington State 17-5 in the final
9:33 of the half to take a 31-23 advantage into the intermission.