Thursday, December 30, 2010

1/1 Connecticut Huskies (12-1, 2-0 BE)

Results: Stanford 71, Connecticut 59
Player of the Game: Sr. G Jeanette Pohlen (31p, 9r, 6a, 1s, 40m)
Def. Player of the Game: Sr. W Kayla Pedersen (8dr, 2s, 40m)
Fr. Player of the Game: Fr. G Bria Hartley (14p, 7r, 2a, 1s, 38m)
Stat of the Game: Pts. in the Paint: UConn 14, Stanford 28

Summary: Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak in women's basketball ended Thursday night when Stanford outplayed the Huskies from the start in a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion - where the Cardinal have their own streak going. Stanford hasn't lost in 52 games at home. The Cardinal took an early 13-point lead, never trailed and didn't let the mighty Huskies back in it after halftime in this one. They kept pounding the ball inside and banging the boards. UConn fans accustomed to watching coach Geno Auriemma's team blow past opponents hadn't seen a loss since the 2008 NCAA semifinals - Stanford got the Huskies that time, too, 82-73 in the Final Four at Tampa, Fla. These teams have a bit of a history. Last season, Stanford almost beat Maya Moore and UConn in the national championship game before losing 53-47. That the Cardinal won in the rematch shouldn't have been a total surprise. Stanford was unbeatable at home, had given the Huskies fits in past meetings, and UConn came close to losing to then-No. 2 Baylor last month. Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points for the Cardinal (9-2). Moore couldn't find a rhythm until it was too late, held to 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

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