Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 9, 2008

Basketball honor for Wiggins

Cardinal star is USA Basketball's Female Athlete of Year

by Keith Peters

Stanford senior guard Candice Wiggins has added yet another important entry to already impressive resume by being named USA Basketball's 2007 Female Athlete of the Year.

Wiggins, a three-time All-American, was part of four separate USA Basketball teams in 2007 and helped those teams to three gold medals and a flawless 23-0 record. She received the honor Thursday, announced by USA Basketball.

Wiggins also becomes the first Stanford women's basketball player to ever earn the honor.

"Having the privilege of representing the United States and the opportunity to play with such a talented group of women is something for which I am very proud," Wiggins said. "It is truly humbling not only to be chosen by USA Basketball for this award, but also to have the honor of joining the long and distinguished line of basketball players who have earned this recognition."

The 5-foot-11 Wiggins was selected for four USA Basketball teams in 2007. On Sept. 7, 2007, she became one of just four current collegians named to the elite 2007-08 USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team.

She was also selected as the lone alternate for the 2007 USA FIBA Americas Championship Team and traveled and trained with the team that finished 5-0 to win gold and qualify the U.S. for the 2008 Olympics in Chile, and participated in the USA Senior National Team's two exhibition games versus Australia in early September 2007.

Wiggins started her rewarding summer as a member of the 2007 USA Women's Under-21 World Championship Team that finished 8-0 and earned the gold medal in Moscow, Russia, and she was also a member of the 2007 USA Pan American Games Team that finished 5-0 and won the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All told, Wiggins spent more than two months training with or competing for USA teams in 2007 and those teams compiled a spectacular 23-0 record.

In capturing the 2007 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year honor, Wiggins becomes eligible for the 2007 U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Athlete of the Year award.

Comments

Posted by Deborah, a resident of another community
on Jan 13, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Great job, Candice! You've been a star as long as we've known you here in San Diego (nice to give the rest of the world a chance to see what we've always known)


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