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It wasn't pretty, but Stanford secures a spot in the Elite Eight

Updated: March 30, 2008, 12:35 PM ET
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Stanford guard Candice Wiggins, the three-time Pac-10 player of the year, crashed to the floor and into the base of the backboard. For a moment, she stayed down while Cardinal fans went ballistic on Pittsburgh's Taneisha Harrison, who did the decking.

Then, Wiggins got up. Slowly at first; then with more resolve. Which is sort of what second-seeded Stanford did against a scrappy challenge from the No. 6 Panthers.

Stanford, notorious of late for going belly-up ...

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