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Wiggins, Stanford shoot down the Ducks, 72-43

Sixth-ranked Cardinal gets 25 points from its senior All-American in easy win

Candice Wiggins scored 25 points to move within 116 of the Pac-10 career record. That was about the only thing worth noting in Stanford's 72-43 victory over host Oregon on Thursday night in a Pac-10 women's basketball contest.

Oregon's only chance might have come without a shot clock, milking the time by holding onto the ball after taking a 2-0 lead.

Sixth-ranked Stanford (10-2, 21-3) scored the next 23 points and could have taken the rest of the night off. Wiggins had 13 points at halftime; Oregon had 12 as a team.

The Cardinal used to dread the trip to Eugene, a place where the Ducks beat Stanford five times in their past 10 meetings. Stanford also lost in the championship game of the first-ever Pac-10 tournament there in 2002.

"I never realized how different it is to play at home than here," Stanford freshman Kayla Pedersen said.

Pedersen had 17 points and six rebounds in her first trip to McArthur Court. Jayne Appel added 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinal, which won its ninth straight to remain a game behind California in the Pac-10 race.

"We take it game by game but we know we can't lose," Pedersen said. "We have to treat it like it's the NCAA tournament. That's great preparation."

Stanford heads for Corvallis to meet Oregon State on Saturday at 7 p.m., it's fifth game in nine days. The Beavers gave Cal a scare, leading at halftime, 13-11, on Thursday.

The 43 points were the fewest Oregon has ever scored against Stanford, and the 12 points at halftime would likely be the lowest if records were kept.

"We wanted to work on our defense after the Santa Clara game," Pedersen said of allowing a season-high 74 points in a nonconference win over the Broncos on Tuesday night. "We did a pretty good job."

Stanford averages 78.33 points a game since it lost twice in Los Angeles in early January. The Cardinal has frugally allowed its opponents 54 points over the same span.

"We came and had a great first half," Pedersen said. "Our confidence level is a lot higher and our offense is flowing. We want to have a good practice (Friday) and keep it going."

Stanford has a 15-game winning streak against Oregon State and has won 26 of the past 27 meetings. The Beavers last won at home on Jan. 11, 2001.

The 23-point unanswered streak last nearly nine minutes, with Stanford making nine of 14 shots and a pair of free throws.

Meanwhile the Ducks missed nine straight shots and turned the ball over six times. Kaela Chapdelaine finally ended the drought with a layup at 9:36 of the first half.

It never got much better for Oregon as the Cardinal exploded to a 46-12 halftime advantage. Stanford led by as many as 36 points early in the second half and the Ducks never got closer than 25 points.

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