College Basketball: Stanford tops Baylor; Wiggins has 35

STANFORD -- Candice Wiggins was brilliant on both ends. So good, in fact, that coach Tara VanDerveer can't envision her star player leaving Stanford.

"Candice is not a senior," she said in a serious tone.

Wiggins scored 21 of her 35 points in the first half, had four steals and four rebounds, three assists and two blocks, and No. 5 Stanford dealt 10th-ranked Baylor (7-1) its first defeat with a physical 87-63 victory Sunday.

Wiggins shot 11 for 22, was two points off her career high, made 9 of 12 free throws and reached 2,000 career points when she sunk a 10-foot jumper with 5:54 remaining. Stanford won its fifth in a row since its only loss, 81-77 to No. 2 Connecticut in two overtimes Nov. 15.

"What can you say about Candice?" VanDerveer said. "She scores, she defends, she does it all for us. She's just a tremendous leader. I love every day of coaching her. I just hope our team realizes how really special she is and you've got to step up and give a little bit more to her."

Freshman Kayla Pedersen scored a season-best 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and fellow freshman Jeanette Pohlen had 10 assists for the Cardinal (8-1), which moved VanDerveer within three victories of becoming the seventh Division I coach to reach 700 wins.

No. 9 OKLAHOMA 66, No. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 55, at East Lansing, Mich. -- Amanda Thompson had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Sooners (7-2) overtake the Spartans (7-3). Courtney Paris, formerly of Modesto Christian High, had 13 points and 14 rebounds to stretch her NCAA-record streak of double-double performances to 70. Twin sister Ashley Paris scored 12 points.

No. 1 TENNESSEE 96, GONZAGA 73, at Knoxville, Tenn. -- Angie Bjorklund scored 23 points and Candace Parker 18, and the Lady Vols (9-0) used a 15-0 run in the first half to take a 24-9 lead. Jami Bjorklund, Angie's older sister, scored 19 points to lead Gonzaga (6-4). The sisters guarded each other for part of the game and found themselves in a heap on the floor fighting for a loose ball in the second half.


No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 93, RUTGERS 71, at Piscataway, N.J. -- Ty Lawson scored a career-high 26 points and Tyler Hansbrough had 20 points and 11 rebounds before hitting his head and suffering a mild concussion during the Tar Heels' (9-0) victory over the Scarlet Knights (7-4).

No. 21 ARIZONA 69, FRESNO STATE 50, at Tucson, Ariz. -- Jerryd Bayless scored 21 points, and the Wildcats (7-2) routed the Bulldogs (5-5) for their fourth consecutive victory. Arizona went on a 20-2 run to take a 35-19 halftime lead. Bayless fueled the spurt with three 3-pointers and a jam off an alley-oop pass from Nic Wise. Fresno State had more turnovers (nine) than field goals (seven) and scored two baskets in the final 11:39 of the first half.