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Stanford gets boost from early second half run

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer liked the
way her team responded to the challenge of another nationally
ranked opponent: the 15th-ranked Cardinal got its first quality
win.

"We've made a lot of improvement in one week," VanDerveer said
after Stanford beat Texas Tech 73-49 on Sunday. "I'm excited to
come out and play the kind of defense we played, especially in the
second half."

Candice Wiggins scored 19 points as Stanford won its second
straight game following consecutive road losses to top 10 teams
Tennessee and Georgia. The Cardinal also lost at home to No. 24
Brigham Young in the second round of the Women's Preseason NIT.

Brooke Smith added 14 points as the Cardinal (4-3) won their
third straight over the Lady Raiders. Jayne Appel added 11 points,
seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

"This game was important to us," VanDerveer said. "Texas Tech
is a top team and we wanted to show we're also a top team."

Stanford takes a two-week break before returning to action on
Dec. 16 against Utah.

Chesley Dabbs and Alesha Richardson each scored nine points to
lead Texas Tech (6-3), which lost two in a row for the first time
this season.

"It's extremely disappointing," Dabbs said. "We should never
lose to any team by this much."

The Lady Raiders hurt themselves with poor shooting to open both
halves. They were held to five points in the first 13 minutes and
were 2-of-19 from the field to open the second half. They shot just
under 29 percent for the game.

The teams combined to commit 45 turnovers, with the Lady Raiders
turning it over 23 times.

"I think we've improved a lot over the season," Wiggins said.
"I think we're only going to get better and better. This was very
promising."

Texas Tech's Erin Myrick entered the game averaging 13.1 points
and 10.4 rebounds, shooting over 54 percent. She grabbed a
game-high 10 rebounds but was limited to 1-of-8 shooting from the
floor. Richardson also averaged a double-double.

"She was our focus defensively," VanDerveer said. "She's a
top post player for them. It didn't hurt that she was in foul
trouble early."

The Lady Raiders returned to the top 25 last week for the first
time in almost a year. Texas Tech had been ranked for 248
consecutive weeks prior to opening the season with two wins in its
first seven games.

First-year coach Kristy Curry has the Lady Raiders back on track
after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in 17 years
last year.

"They were able to throw the first punch and we never
recovered," Curry said. "For whatever reason things caught up to
us. What can I say? Six games in 10 days and we finally ran out of
gas."

Wiggins triggered Stanford's 21-2 run to open the second half
that broke the game open. She connected on a 3-pointer from the
corner and followed that with a driving lay-up that led to a
three-point play that gave the Cardinal a 57-32 edge.

Texas Tech missed its first eight shots but rallied to take a
20-17 midway through the first half.

Stanford roared back with a 14-2 run to push its lead to 31-22
en route to a 36-30 halftime advantage.