Chat with Candice Wiggins
Last year Wiggins became just the ninth freshman ever to be named a Kodak All-American, and this season was the Pac-10 Player of the Year after leading the Cardinal to a 21-6 regular-season record and a berth in the Pac-10 tournament final.
Send your questions now and join Wiggins in The Show on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET!
Sylvia - Sacramento,CA
Hi Candice, What did it take for you and your team to come together mentally to defeat Oklahoma?
Candice Wiggins (2:03 PM)
We had a really good game plan. A lot of it was our coaches. We just believed in the plan. Everyone was so focused. It was a great team win.
How does the team plan on stopping Symone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles?
Candice Wiggins (2:04 PM)
We know that they are both talented players. We don't expect it to be a one-person job on either player. It will be a team effort defensively.
i just wanted to tell you that i wish you the best for tonight,and i hope you make it all the way.well i wanted to know why did you choose standfor for a school to play for.
Candice Wiggins (2:05 PM)
The decision was a tough one. IT was between Duke and Stanford. Basically it came down to me being close to home. I knew it was the place for me and I couldn't be happier here.
Stephen Fischer (La Jolla, CA)
Candice: it's fischer, big win saturday, we've all been watching, good luck for the rest of the tourney, get your team to the fianl 4!
Candice Wiggins (2:06 PM)
That's so nice! Thank you.
Craig (Norwich, CT)
What are your thoughts on teammate (and my fellow Norwich Free Academy alum) Krista Rappahahn? Thanks.
Candice Wiggins (2:07 PM)
Krista's great. She's an awesome person and player. She's our only senior. I'm just glad to call her my teammate. She's a great role model in life and in basketball. Everyone aspires to be like her.
Brandon (Stanford, CA)
Whats your favorite thing to do in your spare time at school?
Candice Wiggins (2:08 PM)
Spare time? I don't have much of it. I guess just hang out with my friends. Go out with my friends and just have fun.
Who is your pick to win it all on the men's side?
Candice Wiggins (2:08 PM)
I have been watching some of the men's tournament whenever I can. My pick would probably be LSU. I've watched them the whole season. I have a friend on the team. I hope they win it all and I think they will.
Nancy Lieberman said on TV coach VanDerveer is more laid back, relaxed and personable this season. Would you agree?
Candice Wiggins (2:09 PM)
I don't know. As far as we see her as a coach, we would never call her laid back. She's a demanding coach and we like it. I don't necessarily think it's a difference from last year.
How many ppg did oyu avg in high school
Candice Wiggins (2:10 PM)
My senior year, I think I averaged around 30 points per game. I think all four years I was at 27.5.
You guys have rolled so far in the tournament, without having a close game yet. How will you prepare mentally for the challenge that no doubt LSU will give you?
Candice Wiggins (2:11 PM)
I think it's really important we go over last minute plays every day in practice. We have plays we go over. We always are prepared for close games. I think it's about execution and will.
tay_22 detroit, michgan
you know who this is, will you bee garding symone augustus tonight.
Candice Wiggins (2:12 PM)
No I don't know who this is. But I don't know yet if I'll be guarding Symone tonight.
What are you aspirations after basketball?
Candice Wiggins (2:13 PM)
Well, after college, I think I still want to play basketball. I really want to try to play in the WNBA, play for the national team if I can. I'm going to try and play as long as I can. Other than that I'm still trying to figure it out.
Shaina (San Antonio, TX)
Hey! What are the keys to beating LSU and going all the way to win the 'ship? I'll be there supporting you and the team on Monday! Good Luck!!
Candice Wiggins (2:14 PM)
Thank you. I think LSU is a very talented team. They've had a great season so far. They have the two great players inside. The keys will be rebounding and defense and taking care of the ball. We need to execute.
Gary , Indiana
Maryland plays Utah in tonight's other game? Who wins? And what do you think about the possibility of three ACC teams reaching the Final Four (with Stanford, of course!)?
Candice Wiggins (2:15 PM)
I think Maryland-Utah is a tough game to call. I have a lot of friends on Maryland. I think Utah is a great team. I can't really call that game.
Snookie (Baton Rouge, LA)
Hey Candice. The Pac-10 has already had a pretty good run in the tourney, but if you're able to beat LSU and make the Final 4, how much do you think it will affect the respect given to the Pac-10, and is that important. We love you and Go Card!
Candice Wiggins (2:16 PM)
Hi Snookie. I think that it's huge. People look at the Pac-10 and the west coast and don't give that much respect. I'm really excited to represent the Pac-10.
Who's your pick for player of the year? With no disrespect to you, the Naismith finalists are Latta, Pondexter, Paris and Augustus? Of those four, you pick?
Candice Wiggins (2:17 PM)
Wow, those are just four great players. It's tough to call. Courtney's numbers are astounding. Cappie is a great player. Look at what Ivory's done for UNC. It's not really my call. I've only been able to play against one of those players. I think it should be a tie!
What's up with your tree? lol!!
Candice Wiggins (2:18 PM)
I think the tradition behind the tree is pretty long. With the Stanford tree, the whole process of picking one is something I can't describe. I don't know what to say about it but laugh.
James from Boston
Hope you get here, Candice! Can you tell me how you guys have done so well after losing so much senior leadership from last year's team?
Candice Wiggins (2:20 PM)
I think you're right. We've even surprised ourselves with how far we've come. We've gotten better as the season went along. We peaked at the right time. We've been able to grow and get better, including myself.
Brittany; Atlanta ,GA
why did you pick Stanford?WOuld you say that you guys are as talented as the usual top teams or are you guys more of a team and motivated to open some closed eyes?
Candice Wiggins (2:21 PM)
I think we're both. I think we are talented. At every position we have talent. I think we're very talented. We have great freshmen and leadership. But at the same time we play as a team. If we play together, teams are going to have a hard time stopping us.
DC (LA, CA)
After the last game, did you get in the gym to work on your shot? If so, how many did you take?
Candice Wiggins (2:22 PM)
Yes, we had an hour shootaround and we got a lot of shots in.
Arent you guys on Spring Break right now? Did you have to cancel any plans or was the idea to be playing hoops at this time all along?
Candice Wiggins (2:22 PM)
Yes this is Spring Break week, starting today. No, we never make plans. We always plan on going as far as possible. I would take going to the Final Four over Spring Break any day.
Mark (Baton Rouge, LA)
Candice- Let me just say that you are a phenomenal player. I wish you and your team the best of luck tonight. Hopefully you will play Seimone and gang in a great game, and I cannot wait to see what happens. It's Final Four time, baby!
Candice Wiggins (2:23 PM)
Nice! Thank you.
A lot of great legends have come and gone through Stanford ... Azzi ... Whiting ... Starbird ... the list goes on and on. Who's your favorite?
Candice Wiggins (2:24 PM)
Gosh! I've been watching Stanford for a long time. I think my favorite player to watch is probably Jennier Azzi. They were good before, but she kind of helped Stanford get national recognition.
Hi Candance, 1st of all congrats to you and your team for putting away a tough OU team! How are you feeling and what are your expectations coming into tonights game aganist a very tough LSU Augustus and Fowles tandom.
Candice Wiggins (2:26 PM)
I feel great. My body feels great. I'm really excited. I'm ready to go. Seimone, this is her last year and she's going to be playing hard and Fowles too. I think they're going to play great.
Do you have any pre game rituals you do, or does anyone on your team have a weird pre game ritual
Candice Wiggins (2:26 PM)
No weird pregame ritual. I usually take a nap before the game. That always is something I do.
Yo yo Candice...here's a shout out from SD! Good luck tonight...GO CARD! I'll be watching with a lot of Stanford Alums...most of which played for Tara at one point...See you in Boston!!!
Candice Wiggins (2:27 PM)
Deb - Stanford FBC
Candice: From all of us in the FastBreak Club - keep up the great work. We are all so proud of the way you play as a team. Go Card!
Candice Wiggins (2:27 PM)
paul, ft lauderdale
hi candice, do you think the ejection of your mascot has fueled your teams pursuit of another WNCAA title
Candice Wiggins (2:28 PM)
We're really upset that the tree can't be with us. But we're focused on what we're doing.
Phil (San Fran)
Do you think the ACC is the best conference? Maybe three teams in the Final Four?
Candice Wiggins (2:29 PM)
I think the ACC is probably the top conference, but there are a lot of great conferences out there. But look at Duke, Maryland, UNC.
Candice Wiggins (2:30 PM)
Thank you to all the fans. I appreciate the support from everybody. I hope you watch tonight. Go Card!
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