After twisting a knee in the first half, Candice Wiggins returned to help Stanford finish off Rice. Wiggins scored 19 points to lead No...
STANFORD, Calif. — After twisting a knee in the first half, Candice Wiggins returned to help Stanford finish off Rice.
Wiggins scored 19 points to lead No. 10 Stanford to an 83-53 win over Rice on Saturday.
Wiggins gave the Cardinal a scare in the first half when she crashed to the floor after colliding with a Rice player. She was helped off the court clutching her left knee, but returned to the game less than 2 minutes later.
“I was concerned,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I was hoping she just banged it. If she had gone down, it would have changed things for us drastically.”
Stanford (5-2) is already playing without junior center Kristen Newlin, who has been sidelined with a stress reaction to her left knee since a Dec. 4 loss to No. 2 Tennessee. Against Tennessee, Newlin scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
“I was jumping for a ball and my leg twisted,” Wiggins said. “But it was OK, and now it’s just a little sore.”
UC-Santa Barbara 90, at No. 24 UCLA 81 (OT)
Jessica Wilson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead UC-Santa Barbara over UCLA.
Jenna Green and LaShay Fears each had 20 points for the Gauchos (2-6), who outscored the Bruins 16-7 in the overtime.
Lisa Willis had 28 points for UCLA (5-4). Nikki Blue had 13 points and seven assists for the Bruins.
At Fresno State 81, Arizona 70
Amy Parrish scored 22 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures, and Fresno State shot a season-high 51.9 percent.
Chantella Perera was 4 of 6 from three-point territory and had 19 points for Fresno State (6-3), which has now won four of its last five overall.
Arizona (4-4), which shot 41.9 percent as a team, received 14 points apiece from Ashley Whisonant and Joy Hollingsworth.
At Oregon State 66, South Alabama 29
Oregon State (6-1) posted its stingiest defensive effort since the Beavers held UC-Irvine to a school-record 24 points on Dec. 9, 1989.
Mandy Close recorded her first career double-double with 10 assists and 11 points.
Anita Rivera led the Beavers in scoring with 16 points. Kim Butler, from Tacoma’s Bellarmine Prep, scored 13 points.
Sports-information departments contributed to this report.