STANFORD, Calif. Tara VanDerveer constantly reminds her Stanford players they must keep their conference title hopes alive.
Despite dropping their first two Pac-10 games, the Cardinal are right back in the mix as usual.
Candice Wiggins scored 31 points to boost her school-record total to 2,253 and No. 7 Stanford completed a sweep of the Los Angeles schools with a 75-62 victory over UCLA on Saturday, avenging a loss last month in the teams' Pac-10 opener.
"Every game for us is playing for the Pac-10 championship. It will be exciting to see how our team responds," VanDerveer said. "This was a big win for us."
Stanford had its 10-game winning streak in the series snapped with that 69-56 defeat on Jan. 4 and the Bruins are the last opponent to sweep the two regular-season meetings between the schools when they did it in 1987-88.
With Wiggins leading two big runs and standout freshman Kayla Pedersen scoring at will inside, it wasn't going to happen this time on the Cardinal's home floor in Maples Pavilion.
"We were definitely looking forward to this week ever since we got to airport in L.A.," Wiggins said. "It was huge to show our growth and what we learned from those two games and our mistakes. ... We've been in situations far worse than this. We all felt the sting of that loss."
Pedersen had a career-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocked shots and three steals, shooting 13-for-18 from the field for Stanford (19-3, 9-2), which is chasing its eighth straight Pac-10 championship.
After UCLA pulled to 33-28 with 19:02 to play, Wiggins took over yet again. She scored 11 straight including two free throws after a technical foul on UCLA coach Kathy Olivier at 16:01 and then dished out an assist to Pedersen during a 23-3 run.
"I feel like we've been up here so many times, but they're a team of runs at home," said Olivier, noting her technical came at a bad time. "They're going to have their runs. Just make sure we put a stop to their runs early. That second run, we couldn't put a stop to it."
Wiggins finished with five assists and two blocks and received a warm ovation when announced before the game, two days after the senior guard broke Kate Starbird's career school scoring record.
Wiggins was cheered again when she took a short break with 9:13 left after sinking two free throws. She was 11-for-12 from the line for the day.
Now, she's taking aim at Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 record of 2,414, now needing only 161 points to tie.
Wiggins scored five straight points and nine total Pedersen had the other two during an 11-0 run late in the first half to turn a 20-19 deficit into a 30-20 Cardinal lead, and they held a 33-24 halftime advantage.
"I think they had a little chip on their shoulder from L.A., going 0-2 down there," UCLA forward Lindsey Pluimer said. "They're hard to beat at home."
Pluimer scored 16 points and Erica Tukiainen had seven of her team's first nine points but wound up with just 11 for UCLA (11-11, 6-5), which played without 6-foot-6 sophomore center Moniquee Alexander because of concussive symptoms sustained in Thursday night's 67-53 loss at No. 10 California. She took an elbow to the jaw and was scheduled to be re-evaluated and perhaps back in practice Monday.
Regina Rogers, a 6-3 freshman, started in Alexander's place and was blocked by Jayne Appel on the Bruins' first possession of the game.
She picked up two quick fouls after halftime, getting whistled for her fourth with 18:29 left, and had two points on 1-for-7 shooting and two boards before fouling out.
Appel grabbed 16 rebounds and had five blocks but shot 3-for-10 for nine points missing 6 of her first 7 field-goal tries after going 9-for-10 in Stanford's 77-51 victory against Southern California on Thursday.
Wiggins and Pedersen, the leading contender for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors, were each whistled for questionable offensive fouls in a short span in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Pedersen scored the next time down at 12:10, the first of five straight field goals she made for the Cardinal.
"I just wanted to come out there and be the aggressor, not let them push me around," Pedersen said. "They're a physical team and I don't like people pushing me around."
NO. 4 RUTGERS 64, NO. 14 PITTSBURGH 60: At Pittsburgh, Rashidat Junaid came off the bench to quickly score 10 points down the stretch with Pitt star Marcedes Walker out with an injury, and No. 4 Rutgers rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat the No. 14 Panthers.
Junaid, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, proved a difficult matchup problem with Pitt's best inside player out, scoring four consecutive baskets during a game-altering 15-1 run that allowed Rutgers (18-3, 8-1 in Big East) to turn a 51-46 deficit with less than seven minutes remaining into a 61-52 lead.
Matee Ajavon scored 15 points, Epiphanny Prince added 14 and Junaid had 11 points and 6 rebounds despite playing only half the game.
Shavonte Zellous scored 20, Mallorie Winn had 16 and Xenia Stewart 15 but Pittsburgh (17-4, 7-1) faltered in the final four minutes and was denied the first win in school history against a Top 10 opponent.
NO. 6 BAYLOR 63, NO. 18 KANSAS STATE 49: At Manhattan, Kan., Jessica Morrow scored 16 points and helped key a 17-2 second-half run, and Baylor won its 13th game in a row.
Rachel Allison had 15 points for Baylor (20-1, 8-0 Big 12), which matched its longest Big 12 winning streak.
NO. 1 CONNECTICUT 80, PROVIDENCE 54: At Storrs, Conn., Ketia Swanier scored a career-high 17 points and top-ranked Connecticut routed Providence to run its unbeaten streak to 21.
Freshman Maya Moore had 16 points and Tina Charles added 15 points and 11 rebounds for UConn (21-0, 8-0 Big East).
NO. 10 CALIFORNIA 60, SOUTHERN CAL 55 (OT): At Berkeley, Calif., Devanei Hampton had 20 points and 15 rebounds, including the tiebreaking basket in overtime, and California survived a poor shooting performance to hold off Southern California.
The Golden Bears (19-3, 10-1 Pac-10) managed to win their 14th straight home game despite shooting just 31 percent in the game in one of their worst offensive performances of the season.
NO. 16 GEORGE WASHINGTON 73, DUQUESNE 65: At Pittsburgh, Kimberly Beck scored 19 points and George Washington gave coach Joe McKeown his 500th career victory, relying on two pivotal first-half runs to beat Duquesne.
McKeown, the Colonials' coach since 1989, is 432-151 in 19 seasons at the school after winning 68 games in three seasons at New Mexico State. McKeown is the 34th Division I coach with 500 or more victories.
Jessica Adair scored 17 points, Whitney Allen had 14 points and eight rebounds and Antelia Parrish added 14 points for the Colonials (18-4, 6-1 in Atlantic 10).
NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 73, CINCINNATI 41: At Cincinnati, Charel Allen scored 16 points and led a 21-0 run that swept Notre Dame to a victory.
Freshman Devereaux Peters scored 12 points as a reserve, and Tulyah Gaines and Ashley Barlow each added 11 to help Notre Dame (17-5, 5-3 Big East) get back-to-back wins after consecutive losses.
NO. 21 OKLAHOMA STATE 82, COLORADO 71: At Boulder, Colo., Andrea Riley scored 30 points and led a second-half surge that sent Oklahoma State past Colorado.
The Cowgirls (17-3, 5-2 Big 12) also got 21 points and 13 rebounds from Shaunte Smith and 14 points from Danielle Green in sending the Buffs (13-8, 2-6) to their sixth loss in seven games since winning 11 straight.
GEORGETOWN 78, NO. 22 SYRACUSE: At Washington, Kieraah Marlow scored 19 points, Shanice Fuller added 16 and Georgetown beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four years.
Monica McNutt had 13 points and Aminata Diop scored 11 for Georgetown (12-9, 2-6 Big East), whose last win against an opponent in The Associated Press' Top 25 came on Jan. 17, 2004, over No. 23 Virginia Tech.
NO. 23 DEPAUL, VILLANOVA 55: At Chicago, Allie Quigley scored 23 points and Deirdre Naughton added 21 to help DePaul beat Villanova.
Natasha Williams added 12 points and two blocks for DePaul (16-5, 5-3 Big East).
CREIGHTON 75, NO. 24 ILLINOIS STATE: At Normal, Ill., Kelsey Woodard scored 20 points to help Creighton edge Illinois State.
The Redbirds (18-2, 8-1) saw their 14-game winning streak come to an end. They had entered the poll this week for the first time in 19 years and beat Drake on Thursday in their first game as a ranked team since Dec. 5, 1988.