Stanford no treat for San Francisco

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO -- Freshman Candice Wiggins scored 22 points and also had four steals, two assists and a blocked shot, and Stanford remained unbeaten.

The Cardinal have won seven straight games to start the season for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when they won their first eight games. Stanford beat USF for the 13th straight time and leads the overall series 19-9.

Kelley Suminski added 15 points and Kristen Newlin 13 for the Cardinal (7-0).

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer sat on the opposite bench of her sister, Heidi, for the first time in her 19 years leading the Cardinal. Heidi, the top assistant for USF, is a former WNBA coach in Minnesota and Sacramento who also worked as head coach at Eastern Washington.

Dominique Carter led the Dons (5-4) with 17 points, 15 in the second half.

No. 3 Duke 83, Liberty 48

DURHAM, N.C. -- Wanisha Smith scored a career-high 21 points to lead four Duke players in double figures and the Blue Devils easily defeated Liberty.

Monique Currie added 15, Mistie Williams 11 and Laura Kurz 10 as Duke (8-1) won its sixth straight.

No. 9 Tennessee 78, No. 15 DePaul 63

KNOXVILLE, Tenn -- Shyra Ely had 17 points and 10 rebounds and ninth-ranked Tennessee rallied from 15 points down to beat No. 15 DePaul 78-63 Sunday.

Freshman Alexis Hornbuckle, starting her first game, added 15 points and Brittany Jackson had 14 for the Lady Vols (5-2), who trailed the entire first half and didn't take the lead until 11:20 left in the game.

No. 5 North Carolina 94, Coastal Carolina 52

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Camille Little scored 18 points while freshman Erlana Larkins added 17 in her first start to lift North Carolina past Coastal Carolina.

No. 11 Georgia 70, No. 24 Arizona 62

ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman Tasha Humphrey scored 19 of her 21 points in the second half and Georgia beat Arizona.

Arizona center Shawntinice Polk fouled out with nearly 12 minutes to play, robbing the Wildcats (6-2) of their only low-post presence. She scored 11 points in 22 minutes. Dee-Dee Wheeler finished with 16 points, all but two in the last 14 minutes, to lead Arizona.

Humphrey was 6-for-8 from the field goals and made nine of 12 free throws for Georgia (7-3).

No. 13 Texas Tech 86, Mississippi 38

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Chesley Dabbs scored 21 points and Alesha Robertson added 16 for Texas Tech.

Tech (5-1) held Ole Miss (4-3) to 16 percent shooting from the field. Tech, which led 42-11 at the break, scored 23 points off turnovers.

No. 14 Vanderbilt 94, Saint Louis 51

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ashley Earley scored 20 points and Carla Thomas added 19 to lead Vanderbilt to its seventh win in eight games.

Abi Ramsey finished with 11 points for the Commodores.

No. 19 Maryland 81, Monmouth 49

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Shay Doron had 20 points and seven steals to lead No. 19 Maryland to its fifth straight victory.

Crystal Langhorne and Ashleigh Newman each added 11 points for the Terrapins (7-1), who are off to their best start since going 9-1 to open the 1996-97 season.

No. 21 Purdue 74, W. Michigan 42

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Erin Lawless scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Purdue beat Western Michigan for the fifth time and won its 17th straight game against teams from the Mid-American Conference.

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