Cardinal Rule

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- What was supposed to be a battle for the Bay Area in tonight's Pac-10 Championship Game ended up being no contest as Stanford handily beat Cal, 56-35.

Stanford is now not only the Pac-10 regular season champion, but als the conference tournament champion for the fifth time in the seven years the conference tournament has been played.

"I"m really proud of our team as our whole team has worked hard for this tournament and knew that Cal would give us a great game," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "We were a little bit more rested and more of the aggressor today."

Tonight's game was close for a little bit more than three minutes as Stanford only led by eight points. Yet with Stanford having the hot hands from all over the court, Cal never had a chance.

"Just disappointed in the outcome of the game and how we performed," said Cal coach Joanne Boyle. "I give total credit to Stanford. They are playing some great basketball right now and we just didn't compete tonight. I'm sure there are a lot of reasons and we can analyze the film, but I'm disappointed in the outcome."

Wiggins led all Stanford players with her 30 points and was followed by Kayla Pedersen's 13 points. Appel -- who set a new Pac-10 Tournament record with 12 blocks -- led the Cardinal on the boards with 14 rebounds.

Unfortunately for Cal, it just wasn't a good night to be a Golden Bear. The Bears shot 26.8% for the game from the field, 17.6% from three-point land and 33.3% from the free throw line. Leading scorers for the game were Alexis Gray-Lawson, Kelsey Adrian and Rama D'diaye wil six points each.

"You always think the shots are going to fall and then sometimes you just have a bad half," said Boyle. "In the first half they just got everything, including the tough shots. I racked my brain trying to figure out what to do to put ourselves in a position to score and it just did not happen."

There is a week to wait before Selection Monday, but Stanford being a No. 1 seed and in the Spokane Regional is a strong possibility. In addition, look for Cal and possibly Arizona State to also represent the Pac-10 as March Madness continues.

"I do," said VanDeveer when asked if she thought her team was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Stay tuned, All-Tournament Team to come.


The Stanford CARDINAL is singular; that is:

  1. being out of the ordinary

  2. distinguished by superiority

  3. not plural

It's the color, not the birds.

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