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Wrapping up opening weekend

Updated: November 17, 2008, 4:44 PM ET
By Graham Hays

Baylor 81, Stanford 65: How much does a point guard matter? Coming back from last season's knee injury, Baylor's Jhasmin Player started the season with 14 points, four assists, four steals and one turnover in 39 minutes. Playing without JJ Hones, Stanford finished with just nine assists on 25 field goals.

The Cardinal recorded assists on 61 percent of their field goals last season and didn't have a single game in which fewer than 38 percent of their field goals came off assists. In Sunday's game, that percentage was 32 percent. But without Hones, and adjusting to a more balanced offense without Candice Wiggins, that's not a reason for panic. Even with a healthy Hones, who is expected to miss up to four weeks with a stress reaction in her right foot, it was probably going to take some time for the Cardinal to get comfortable without Wiggins. Friday's 68-55 win against Minnesota suggested it won't be too rocky a ride, but with its proven point guard and posts to match up with Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Baylor was the wrong foe at the wrong time.

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