January 01, 2007

Candice is Pac-10 Player of the Week

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- STANFORD junior guard Candice Wiggins has been named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 26-31, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Wiggins, a native of San Diego, Calif., averaged 16.5 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal in two games as the Cardinal defeated Arizona and upset No. 10/11 Arizona State. On the week, she shot 40.7 pecent from the floor (11-of-27) and 52.9 percent from three-point land (9-of-17).

After sitting out the first two games of her career with a hamstring injury two weeks ago, Wiggins made up for lost time by returning to the court for the first time since Dec. 16, and becoming one of five Cardinal players to score in double-figures with 12 points (all three-pointers), while dishing out four assists in 16 minutes in an 86-58 win over Arizona on Thursday.

Two days later, she single-handedly directed Stanford to its biggest win of the year in a 77-71 thriller over the Sun Devils. After a sluggish first half (0-4 from the field, 2 points), Wiggins erupted in the second half, finishing with a game-best 21 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five three-pointers, four rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of action.

Currently, she leads the Cardinal in scoring (16.4 ppg) and three-pointers (25), while also ranking second in steals (18) and third in assists (31) through 10 games.

Stanford (9-3 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) will play at Fresno State on Tues., Jan. 2 on CSTV, only to return to the Bay Area for a Sat., Jan. 6 game at California.

The Player of the Week honor is the fourth for Wiggins and the 54th all-time selection for Stanford.

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