SAN JOSE -- Tara VanDerveer considered one of the biggest successes in Stanford's 16th straight victory the very fact she could rest her starters for long stretches.
Such is the thinking of a coach hoping to make a deep NCAA Tournament run this month -- because every ounce of extra energy can help the cause.
Jayne Appel made all eight of her field-goal tries on the way to 19 points and also had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, leading No. 6 Stanford past Oregon State 64-41 on Saturday in the second round of the Pac-10 tournament.
"For the first game of the tournament we came out and did a great job," VanDerveer said. "We got the ball in to Jayne. Probably one of the best things for us was that we were able to kind of shuffle people in and out and rest Candice (Wiggins). Except for J.J. (Hones), I did not play anyone over 30 minutes."
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Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Kayla Pedersen added 22 points on 10-for-15 shooting and grabbed seven boards. Conference Player of the Year Wiggins contributed 11 points and five assists and even got to rest for spurts.
"My defender was guarding Jayne," Pedersen said of the constant double-teams Appel faces. "They were leaving me open, so I better hit that shot."
The Cardinal (28-3), which hasn't lost since Jan. 6 at Southern California, will play in today's second semifinal against the winner of Saturday's late quarterfinal matchup between rivals USC and UCLA.
Hones dished out six assists in her first Pac-10 tournament game after the sophomore guard missed about the final six weeks last season following knee surgery. She penetrated and found Appel and Pedersen at every opportunity.
Oregon State coach LaVonda Wagner was asked afterward about how daunting the task is to stop Stanford's talented post players.
"Pretty difficult," Wagner said and left it at that.
Brittney Davis scored 18 points to lead eighth-seeded and overmatched Oregon State (11-19), which shot 31 percent and was outrebounded 39-31. Davis, a junior guard, only returned two games ago after missing four straight games with a right knee injury.
Wiggins earned her third Pac-10 Player of the Year title this past week, while VanDerveer was voted Coach of the Year and Pedersen earned top freshman honors.