Wiggins scored 10 of her season-high 30 points in overtime as the eighth-ranked Cardinal beat host Arizona State, 73-65, in a critical Pac-10 confrontation on Saturday afternoon.
With both senior Brooke Smith and freshman Jayne Appel out of the game due to fouls, Wiggins displayed the ability that has led to a pair of All-American honors.
"Candice is a superstar," Stanford sophomore forward Jillian Harmon said. "When you give her the ball at the end of the game, she'll score for you. She's an amazing player."
Stanford (11-0, 18-3) ended the 12th-ranked Sun Devils' 22-game home winning streak against Pac-10 opponents by winning its 16th straight contest, the third-longest active streak in the nation and the seventh longest ever in Cardinal history.
She also scored 18 points in an 86-76 victory over Arizona State last Thursday, including a pair of key free throws in the final minute.
On Monday, Wiggins earned Pac-10 Player of the Week, her second honor this season and fifth of her career.
Wiggins led the conference in scoring last year, and was a close second as a freshman. She's sixth entering Thursday's nonconference game at UC Santa Barbara, behind the likes of USC's Shay Murphy, California's Ashley Walker and UCLA's Nicole Quinn.
While those players are legitimate candidates for the top conference award, Wiggins remains the incumbent, and she's beginning to step up her production.
In addition to being a scorer, Wiggins is among the Pac-10 leaders in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio and steals. She's also a big reason why Stanford limits opponents to a conference low 58 points and a .351 field goal percentage.
Neither Wiggins nor senior center Brooke Smith have to score as much and both are taking fewer shots than they did a year ago.
Even with the addition of the 6-foot-4 Appel, Smith has increased her rebounding efficiency to 7.4 per game from last year's 6.5. Kristen Newlin has also improved her numbers to 8.2 rebounds from 5.6.
Harmon remains remarkably consistent, maintaining her 8.5 scoring average and five rebounds a game. Cissy Pierce also has seen her numbers climb after turning in a pair of career games.
Appel and freshman guard JJ Hones provide Stanford's 'X' factor this season. Appel, bothered by a shoulder injury before the season, has been a pleasant surprise. She's third on the team in scoring at 12.6, and also averages 5.8 boards.
Stanford had to replace the graduated Krista Rappahahn and the injured Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who combined for 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game.
Appel and Hones have combined for 17.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Hones has also settled into the point guard role and is playing as comfortably as Gold-Onwude did last year.
Throwing all the ingredients into Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer's game plans and its worked well enough that the Cardinal can set its sights on a seventh straight conference title, a possible school record winning streak and a No. 1 or No. 2 seeding for the NCAA tournament.
"We're still working to put two halves together," said Smith, who had 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in the win over the Wildcats. "We need to do that to be a contender to go to the Final Four, which is our goal. We can't get a lead and then relax. We need to keep battling."
Stanford heads into the stretch run two games ahead of second-place Arizona State. The schedule favors Stanford the rest of the way, with five remaining Pac-10 games at home, and the only two on the road are at Oregon and Oregon State.
"(Arizona State) is a great team, especially at home," Harmon said. "They play hard. I'm just glad we came out with a victory. We still have seven games left and we still might see them again in the Pac-10 tournament."
Wiggins averages 25.6 in seven career games against Arizona State, arguably the second-best team in the Pac-10 the past several years. She's recorded three of her seven 30-point games against the Sun Devils and shoots 50 percent against them. That's no easy task against one of the more aggressive defensive teams in the nation.
Appel had 17 points and six rebounds while Newlin contributed 10 rebounds and four blocked shots against the Sun Devils.
Newlin ranks second in career blocks with 148. Only former WNBA star Val Whiting (201) has blocked more shots at Stanford.
Meanwhile, UC Santa Barbara (5-2 in the Big West, 11-9 overall) may not be the pushover it was in an 87-41 victory at Maples Pavilion last year.
When transfer Chisa Ononiwu entered the lineup after becoming eligible, she went right to work sparking the offense. She scored a career high 29 points in the Gauchos' last game, an 89-55 win over Pacific on Saturday. Ononiwu, who helped Baylor win the 2005 national championship, has made half of her 36 3-point tries and averages 13.3 points, third on the team to Jenna Green's 15.5 and Jessica Wilson's 13.4.
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