STANFORD -- The most-hyped women's basketball game ever between Cal and Stanford played out the same way as most of the previous meetings between the Bay Area rivals: a Cardinal blowout.
Candice Wiggins scored 28 points, JJ Hones made a career-high four 3-pointers and seventh-ranked Stanford showed it won't give up its seven-year reign as Pac-10 champions easily, beating No. 8 Cal 72-52 on Saturday.
"Our team was the aggressor," coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We weren't just going to let a team come in here, which we have done in the past, and just kind of jump on us."
The Golden Bears (17-3, 8-1 Pac-10) came into the contest with a two-game conference lead and a chance to seize control of the race at the midway point of the season. Instead, the Cardinal (17-3, 7-2) avenged a home loss to Cal from a year ago and gave themselves a chance to win an eighth straight regular season conference title.
Cal appeared overwhelmed by the big stage surrounding this game, struggling to find any rhythm offensively and proving once again to be no match for Stanford. The Cardinal have won 15 of 16 games in the rivalry, only losing at home last year.
Most of the games have been lopsided like this one was. The only difference was this year's meeting was supposed to be close.
"We came out flat," said Cal's Ashley Walker (10 points), a Davis High grad. "Our shots just didn't fall in the first half really. Our game plan didn't pan out the way we wanted to. ...
"But we still control our own destiny. We're 8-1 and a lot of people didn't expect us to do that in the first place. We're going to get another chance at them at the end of the season."
No. 3 UNC 97, No. 4 MARYLAND 86 (2OT), at Chapel Hill, N.C. -- LaToya Pringle scored 12 of her career-high 31 points in the second overtime for the Tar Heels.
Erlana Larkins had 25 points and 18 rebounds for UNC (18-2, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from Monday's loss at top-ranked Connecticut with a thrilling home victory against one of its toughest league rivals.
Crystal Langhorne had 23 points to lead the Terrapins (22-2, 6-1), who had won 12 straight games but couldn't hold onto leads late in regulation or in the first overtime.
Top 25 Men
No. 1 MEMPHIS 81, GONZAGA 73, at Memphis, Tenn. -- Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 21 points and Derrick Rose had 19 for the top-ranked Tigers (19-0), who extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 43 straight by showing off their athleticism and running over Gonzaga (15-5), which had a six-game winning streak.
No. 6 WASHINGTON ST. 56, No. 24 ARIZONA ST. 55, at Tempe, Ariz. -- Derrick Low scored 18 points, all on 3-pointers, and the Cougars rallied from an 11-point deficit.
CONNECTICUT 68, No. 7 INDIANA 63, at Bloomington, Ind. -- Fill-in starter Craig Austrie had 15 points and the Huskies dominated the middle in snapping the Hoosiers' 13-game winning streak and their 29-game home winning streak.
No. 8 UCLA 85, OREGON ST. 62, at Corvallis, Ore. -- Darren Collison had a career-high 33 points and the Bruins easily defeated Oregon State for the Beavers' 10th straight loss.
Kevin Love, an Oregon native who drew some criticism for leaving his home state in favor of the Bruins, scored 16 points and had 21 rebounds, besting his own record for a UCLA freshman. Love's previous best was 18 set Thursday at Oregon.
No. 9 GEORGETOWN 58, WEST VIRGINIA 57, at Morgantown, W.Va. -- Jessie Sapp hit a 3-pointer with 6 seconds left and Patrick Ewing Jr. blocked Da'Sean Butler's layup attempt at the buzzer for the Hoyas.
No. 20 STANFORD 82, CAL 77, at Berkeley -- Brook Lopez had 23 points, four rebounds and two blocks, all in the second half after sitting 15 minutes of the first in foul trouble, and the Cardinal won their third straight.
FRESNO ST. 75, SAN JOSE ST. 58, at Fresno -- Eddie Miller tied a career-high with 27 points and Kevin Bell had 15 points and eight assists for the Bulldogs.