5:00 PM ET, January 6, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- With Candice Wiggins' hamstring injury all but healed, the Stanford star is once again picking her moments to take over games.Wiggins warmed up in a hurry against rival California.She made a season-high six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and No. 12 Stanford extended its winning streak to nine games with a 69-44 victory over 21st-ranked California on Saturday.Also on Wiggins' stats line: a steal and a block in 31 minutes. After missing her first two 3-point attempts, she hit 6-of-7 and her last four."I keep working on my 3-point shot," Wiggins said. "I know I need to open up the inside game for us. I'm focused on taking good shots when I'm open and not force."The Cardinal (11-3, 5-0 Pac-10) beat the rival Golden Bears for the 14th straight time dating to 2001 and extended their longest winning streak since getting 23 in a row two years ago.Freshman reserve Jayne Appel added 19 points and seven rebounds. Kristen Newlin scored seven of Stanford's first 11 points to help the Cardinal jump out to a quick 14-2 lead, and Jillian Harmon grabbed six of her seven boards before the game was 5 minutes old.Ashley Walker had her sixth double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for Cal (11-4, 2-3), which last beat the Cardinal in Berkeley on Feb. 12, 1993 -- also the last game between the teams when they were ranked.Rama N'diaye added 10 points, but the Bears couldn't overcome their season-worst 25 percent shooting, the lowest by a Stanford opponent this season. Cal's points also were a season low and fewest by a Stanford opponent.The Bears have been determined to establish a legitimate rivalry between the San Francisco Bay Area schools after being embarrassed for so long. Stanford, trying for its school-record seventh straight conference title, won both games last season by a combined 21 points."We have to regroup here as a team figure what we're doing, where we're going. We don't have a purpose right now," Cal coach Joanne Boyle said. "We have not become a second-half team. We have to learn to be a second-half team."The game drew 5,027 fans, the first crowd over 5,000 and the most ever in Haas Pavilion for a women's game.Wiggins' 3-pointer at 14:39 in the first half moved her into sole possession of 10th place on Stanford's career list with 153. The two-time reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year, Wiggins hit another 8:04 before halftime following a 6-0 spurt by Cal.Cal missed its first four shots of the second half and 11 of its first 12. After Lauren Greif's 3-pointer got the Bears on the board, Wiggins swished a 3 of her own on the other end moments later. Wiggins' fifth 3 of the game at 15:55 put Stanford up 41-21 -- and the Cardinal answered whenever Cal made a run."Our team really focused well in practices getting ready for the game," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Our defense really stepped up for us. I thought we rebounded well and got out in transition a little bit and finished. Candice did a great job hitting her 3s."Bears star Alexis Gray-Lawson, out with a season-ending knee injury, asked to be in uniform for the game even though she couldn't play. Surgery to repair ligaments in her right knee was pushed back to next week because of swelling.Cal switched between man and various zone defenses in the first half, and Walker blocked Brooke Smith's shot on Stanford's second trip down on offense. But the Bears started the game 1-for-11 and shot only 22 percent (6-for-27) with seven turnovers to fall behind 31-18 at halftime. While Smith was not a big factor on offense for a change, she had seven rebounds and four assists."It's Stanford, so of course there's a ton of emotion," Walker said. "We came out, we're still young, and maybe we were a little shocked."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||28-65 (.431)||13-51 (.255)|
|3P Made-Attempted||8-18 (.444)||2-12 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-9 (.556)||16-26 (.615)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||20 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|