No. 9 Stanford wins 49th consecutive Pac-10 home game

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Cissy Pierce thought she needed to contribute more offensively, especially with All-American guard Candice Wiggins nursing a sprained right ankle.

The 5-foot-10 junior responded with her best game yet.

Pierce scored a career-high 14 points, Kristen Newlin grabbed 10 of her 13 rebounds in the first half and No. 9 Stanford won its 13th consecutive game, 70-48 over Oregon on Thursday night.

"The game is totally different when Candice is not playing," said Pierce, who reached double figures for the seventh time in her career. "I definitely feel I needed to step up. If I'm doing well on defense, I have more confidence on offense."

Jayne Appel and Brooke Smith each added 12 points as the Cardinal (15-3, 8-0 Pac-10) won their 49th straight conference home game, a streak that dates to March 2001.

"I'm excited about how well Cissy played," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "On defense she was aggressive and then she knocked down her shots and didn't turn it over. That's something that will help our team down the line. She needs to bottle this and bring it every game."

Eleanor Haring and Carolyn Ganes each scored 15 points to lead the Ducks (10-7, 2-5), who have lost 20 straight at Stanford. Taylor Lilley added 10 points. The Ducks played without 6-foot-6 senior center Jessica Shetters, who sustained a stress fracture in her lower back.

"Jess is a defensive player who can do very good things," Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "But Carolyn really stepped up tonight and handled herself well, especially on defense. Had we been able to keep them off the boards in the first half we could have kept the score down and not have to make so many adjustments."

Stanford shot better than 50 percent in the second half to overcome a poor shooting effort in the opening half. The Cardinal grabbed a season-high 55 rebounds to Oregon's 37.

"It wasn't anything new," Newlin said. "Jayne is in there, I'm in there and we're fighting for rebounds."

Ganes hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to end Stanford's 20-0 run that spanned both halves. It was also the Ducks' 100th 3-pointer, tops in the conference.

"They came at us in waves," Ganes said. "There's no one on that team you can take a break against."

The Cardinal eventually built a 30-point lead midway through the second half, allowing VanDerveer to rest Wiggins, who missed Saturday's victory at Washington State because of a sprained right ankle. She finished with nine points in 25 minutes.

"Her ankle is still sore and swollen," VanDerveer said. "She said she felt fine before the game but she's not at 100 percent. That was obvious to me."

Both teams experienced cold shooting spells. The Ducks missed their first nine shots and failed to score in the first 6:20 of the game. Stanford was 3-of-6 from the field to start and then missed 14 of its next 15 shots and went more than eight minutes between field goals.

"It was kind of like one of those mellow games," VanDerveer said. "It wasn't a real exciting game but we made big plays."

Oregon, the Pac-10's best 3-point shooting team entering the game, missed its first eight long-range tries. The Ducks are last in steals, yet got four in the first 10 minutes.

"In the first half it was just a general frustration," Ganes said. "We felt like nobody was hitting anything and then it kind of snowballed from there."

Oregon drew to 16-12 with 5:50 left in the first half. Stanford scored the final 15 points of the period to take a 31-12 halftime lead. The Ducks shot 19 percent in the opening half.