January 30, 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 Jan. 22-28, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The Cardinal extended their winning streak to 16 games with a pair of key road wins at the Arizona schools. Wiggins set the pace for Stanford, beginning with her 18 point, five rebound performance in the Cardinal's 86-76 win over the Wildcats on Thursday.

Wiggins' marquee performance came on Saturday, as she scored a season-high 30 points to lead Stanford to a 73-65 overtime win against 10th-ranked Arizona State. Wiggins carried the Cardinal in overtime after Stanford's vaunted front court tandem of Brooke Smith and Jayne Appel fouled out of the game, scoring 10 of Stanford's 14 points in the extra period. Wiggins also added seven assists and five rebounds and was perfect from the foul line (9-of-9) while playing all 45 minutes. Stanford's win snapped Arizona State's 22-game Pac-10 home winning streak.

For the week, Wiggins averaged 24.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 2.0 steals while shooting 44.1 percent from the field (15-of-34) and 93.3 percent from the foul line (14-of-15).

The Cardinal look to continue their unblemished Pac-10 mark (11-0) this week when they host rival California on Sunday. First up though is their final non-conference game of the regular season, a road contest at UC Santa Barbara this Thursday.

This is the fifth career Player of the Week award for Wiggins and the second this season. It is the 57th all-time for Stanford.

ALSO NOMINATED: Devanei Hampton, CAL; Eleanor Haring, ORE; Casey Nash, OSU; Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA; Jamie Hagiya, USC; Colleen Betteridge, WSU.

2006-07 PAC-10 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Nov. 20- Ashley Walker, CAL; Nov. 27- ChloƩ Kerr, USC; Dec. 4- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 11- Ashley Walker, CAL; Dec. 18- Cameo Hicks, WASH; Dec. 26- Danielle Orsillo, ASU; Jan. 1- Candice Wiggins, STAN; Jan. 8- Dymond Simon, ASU; Jan. 15- Devanei Hampton, CAL; Jan. 22- Ashley Walker, CAL; Jan. 29- Candice Wiggins, STAN.

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