5:00 PM ET, January 12, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Candice Wiggins wasn't too concerned about her lack of offensive production. It was more important to her that Stanford got itself back in the Pac-10 race.Wiggins rebounded from a rough offensive game to score 20 points and help seventh-ranked Stanford beat Oregon 83-49 on Saturday for the Cardinal's sixth straight win over the Ducks."I didn't think about the four points (in Thursday's win over Oregon State)," Wiggins said. "To me it's how I feel after the game. We needed to rebound from last weekend as a team. Points are not necessarily a measure of the quality of your game. We had a great weekend and that's what is important."Oregon native Jillian Harmon had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinal (14-3, 4-2 Pac-10), who won their 12th straight at home. Jeanette Pohlen added 15 points."I play hard every game but there's something special about playing Oregon," said Harmon, who made her impact in just 17 minutes. "In L.A. we weren't as aggressive as we needed to be and we addressed that in practice."Stanford suffered a rare road sweep to Southern California and UCLA last weekend, knocking the Cardinal out of the No. 2 ranking.Ellie Manou scored 10 to lead Oregon (8-8, 2-3), which fell to 1-5 on the road and 0-5 against ranked opponents. Taylor Lilley, the Ducks' leading scorer, was held without a field goal attempt and finished with two points, breaking a six-game string of double-figure scoring."When you allow Stanford to shoot 51 percent you don't have much of a chance to win the game," Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "It's hard even if you hold them under 50 percent. They were able to do what they wanted offensively. We didn't have the intensity or the physicalness to stay with Stanford."Wiggins, second in the conference in scoring, matched her previous effort in the first five minutes."We can hit our shots," Wiggins said. "We're a great team offensively and skilled. Defensively, we have to make sure to be aggressive. Defense can bring us a lot of energy."Stanford opened the second half on an 18-8 run to open up a 26-point advantage. Pohlen's 3-pointer with 5:48 remaining gave the Cardinal a 71-38 edge.Jayne Appel, who scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting against Oregon State on Thursday, recorded two blocked shots, a steal and an assist before attempting her first shot midway through the first half. Appel, in foul trouble for much of the game, finished with a season-low four points, making both of her shot attempts.The Ducks stayed with Stanford on boards, grabbing 33 to the Cardinal's 35. But Oregon had trouble keeping Stanford off the offensive boards, giving up 15."I see offensive rebounding as a great way to get easy baskets," said Harmon, who had five of them. "It's my job to crash the boards and that's what (Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer) has asked me to do for three years."Harmon scored Stanford's first six points and Wiggins had 12 of the team's next 18 points as the Cardinal raced to a 24-6 advantage in the game's first eight minutes.The Ducks, the conference leader in free throw percentage, were 11-of-12 from the line.Stanford made 11 of its first 15 shots while Oregon missed nine of its first 11 attempts and turned the ball over four times. The Ducks committed 27 for the game.The Ducks rallied and were within 38-22 at halftime.
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