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
"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
"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.