10:00 PM ET, February 14, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Even on an off night, Candice Wiggins still made the difference.Kayla Pedersen scored 18 points, Wiggins added 16 and No. 6 Stanford won its 11th straight, beating Arizona 69-46 on Thursday night. "Candice had an average game and she still gets (16.) We take Candice for granted. We need other people," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said, admitting the team miss injured forward Jillian Harmon. "We missed Jill a lot. We count on her for diving for loose balls and for energy." Stanford played its second game without Harmon and once again used a three-guard alignment to start the contest. Jayne Appel set a school record with her 62nd blocked shot of the season for the Cardinal (23-3, 12-2 Pac-10), which stayed within a game of conference leader California. The sophomore center had 12 points, 11 rebounds, a team-high five assists and a career-high four steals. "They were doubling a lot so if I'm not able to get to the basket I try to give it to a teammate," Appel said. Ify Ibekwe led the Wildcats (9-15, 3-10) with 16 points and Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini coached in her 900th game. Amina Njonkou had 14 points. Ashley Whisonant, the Pac-10's second-leading scorer to Wiggins, was held to eight points on 2-of-10 shooting. "They did a good job defensively on her," Bonvicini said. "Ashley is our heart and soul and we count on her to do a lot. They took away options and we could never get in the flow." Wiggins, who celebrated her 21st birthday, failed to score 20 points for the first time in five games but did draw within 75 points of the Pac-10 career scoring record, currently held by USC's Lisa Leslie (2,414). "I've played a lot on my birthday because it's during the season," Wiggins said. "It's not a big deal, though it's exciting to hear people wish me a happy birthday from the stands." The Cardinal missed their first eight shots -- six of them 3-point attempts -- of the second half before Appel hit a putback and a free throw for a 37-20 Stanford advantage with 17:15 remaining. Wiggins hit a 3-pointer less than a minute later and the Cardinal remained comfortably ahead the rest of the way. Stanford hosts Arizona State on Saturday afternoon in the Cardinal's "Think Pink" game, serving to support research and raise breast cancer awareness. Wiggins converted a putback with 3:27 left in the half to give Stanford a 32-18 lead at intermission. The Wildcats failed to score in the final 5:40 of the half.