10:00 PM ET, January 11, 2007
SEATTLE (AP) -- Jayne Appel dominated the interior against an undersized Washington frontline, and had enough energy leftover to give Candice Wiggins a lift.Appel made seven straight shots in the first half, finished with 19 points and No. 10 Stanford pulled away in the second half for a 77-56 victory over the Huskies on Thursday night.There was concern after the game when Wiggins came in for interviews with a protective boot on her right foot. Wiggins, Stanford's leading scorer, came down awkwardly on her right foot in the first half and said she sprained her ankle for the first time in her life.She even hopped on Appel's back for a lift back to the Cardinal locker room after speaking.Coach Tara VanDerveer said the boot was to help keep ice on the ankle and hopefully reduce any swelling. Wiggins may be held out of Saturday's game at Washington State."I don't know. She'll want to [play], I know that," VanDerveer said. "But we've had to play without Candice before."Wiggins added 17 points for the Cardinal, but the story was Stanford's domination on the interior. The Cardinal (13-3 overall, 6-0 Pac-10) held a 50-22 advantage in the paint, outrebounded Washington 51-43 and won their 11th straight.The Huskies couldn't slow the 6-foot-4 Appel or 6-3 Brooke Smith. Appel made 9 of 14 shots and Smith added 12 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Wiggins pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds and the Cardinal remained the only undefeated team in conference play.Wiggins said she had Thursday's matchup marked on her calendar since the schedules were released. The Cardinal lost at Washington 77-72 last year."We wanted that opportunity back. We weren't pleased at all with the loss last year," Wiggins said. "I think definitely that was in the forefront of our minds."Reserve Sami Whitcomb led Washington (12-6, 5-2) with 13 points, but leading scorer Cameo Hicks was held to 11, seven under her season average. The Huskies shot a season-low 28 percent and lost to a ranked team for the fourth time this season.Washington had a nine-game win streak snapped last Sunday at No. 11 Arizona State, and had won 11 straight at home. Stanford has won six of the last seven against Washington."They're so big, and tonight their front line was just really, really on," Washington coach June Daugherty said. "It was too easy for them with the points inside."Appel scored all 15 of her first-half points in the final 4:37 of the half -- all but two of Stanford's points during that stretch -- as the Huskies lack of an interior presence was completely exposed.Leading 26-21, Appel started a 15-7 run making short hook shots or scoring uncontested under the basket. Appel's easy layup as the halftime buzzer sounded gave the Cardinal a 41-28 advantage, giving the Cardinal a 13-point advantage at halftime."Jayne just has a great knack for getting in deep, catching the ball and scoring," VanDerveer said.Washington started the game shooting just 4-for-23 and the struggles returned to start the second half, as it missed its first eight shots. Stanford scored the first 10 points of the half to take a 51-28 lead and led by as many as 29."They are big and strong inside. We just weren't physical enough and we were giving them everything that they wanted," Washington's Breanne Watson said.Freshman J.J. Hones added 10 for the Cardinal. During Stanford's win streak, only Arizona State has scored more than 59 points.It was Washington's worst home loss since a 82-60 setback to Stanford in 2005.
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