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Stanford crushes Oregon State to cap perfect season at home

Associated Press

Stanford’s special season is ready for the next stage.

Candice Wiggins totaled 20 points, three rebounds and two assists, and the third-ranked Cardinal completed an undefeated home season with an 84-41 victory over overmatched Oregon State on Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

Stanford won its 17th straight game with another dominant performance to go unbeaten at home for the first time since 1996-97, the last year the Cardinal reached the Final Four.

“It’s a wow season,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “We just want to keep putting those exclamation points on that. We want nine exclamation points on that wow.”

She’s referring to three wins in the upcoming conference tournament, then another six victories it would take to be NCAA champions.

Brooke Smith added 14 points and four rebounds as the Cardinal (26-2, 17-1 Pac-10) won their 37th straight Pac-10 home game.

Mandy Close and Shannon Howell had eight points apiece to lead the Beavers (6-22, 1-17).

Elsewhere

(6) Baylor 84, Colorado 65: At Boulder, Colo., Emily Niemann scored a season-high 20 points to help the Bears (23-3, 13-2 Big 12) clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time with a victory over the Buffaloes (8-18, 1-14). In its ninth season in the Big 12, Baylor maintained a one-game lead over Texas Tech and Texas, with one game left for all three teams. … (10) Notre Dame 82, West Virginia 57: At South Bend, Ind., Teresa Borton scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting and Jacqueline Batteast tossed in 15 to lead the Fighting Irish (24-4, 12-3 Big East) over the Mountaineers (16-10, 7-8). … (24) Boston College 51, (11) Connecticut 48: At Boston, Sarah Marshall hit the game-winning jumper with 32 seconds left to lead the Eagles (18-8, 9-6 Big East) past the Huskies (19-7, 12-3). UConn fell into a second-place tie with Notre Dame, one game behind Big East-leading Rutgers with one game left in the regular season. … (13) Texas 72, Oklahoma 36: At Austin, Texas, Tiffany Jackson scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the Longhorns (19-7, 12-3 Big 12) overcame a scary injury to guard Nina Norman to rout the Sooners (15-11, 7-8). Norman had to be carried off the court on a stretcher after Oklahoma’s Chelsi Welch elbowed her in the head as the two scrambled for the ball midway through the first half. The school said she was scheduled to be released later at night. … (14) Texas Tech 65, Oklahoma State 52: At Lubbock, Texas, Cisti Greenwalt and LaToya Davis each scored 14 points to lead the Lady Raiders (21-5, 12-3 Big 12) to a win over the Cowgirls (7-18, 2-13). … (17) Kansas State 73, Kansas 46: At Manhattan, Kan., Kendra Wecker had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats (20-6, 11-4 Big 12) over the Jayhawks (12-14, 5-10). … (21) Iowa State 68, Texas A&M 54: At Ames, Iowa, Katie Robinette tallied 18 points and 14 rebounds and the Cyclones (21-5, 11-4 Big 12) turned back the Aggies (14-12, 4-11).

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