Feb. 20, 2005
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Despite 24 points from UCLA junior guard Nikki Blue, No. 4 Stanford defeated UCLA 81-68 on Sunday in front of 2,175 in Pauley Pavilion. Candice Wiggins had 24 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and Brooke Smith added 20 points for the Cardinal.
After starting sluggishly, Stanford (24-2, 15-1 Pac-10) took control of the game in the final minutes of the first half. The Cardinal, which has never trailed at halftime this season, went on a 23-4 run to turn a 27-20 deficit into a 43-31 halftime lead.
UCLA (16-10, 10-7) never got closer than nine in the second half. Smith and Kristen Newlin each had seven points during the decisive first-half run, and Smith went into the locker room with 13 points.
The Bruins had problems inside when starting post players Pluimer and Amanda Livingston each picked up two early fouls. They played only 21 minutes combined in the first half, and without them on the floor for much of the half, Wiggins was able to grab 10 first-half rebounds.
Stanford, which clinched the Pac-10 title on Friday and is trying to position itself for one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament, has now won 15 consecutive games and 12 straight against the Bruins, dating to 2000.