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No. 1 Connecticut women's win streak ends at 90 in loss to No. 9 Stanford

Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike, left, celebrates with teammate Lindy La Rocque after upsetting No. 1 Connecticut.

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Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike, left, celebrates with teammate Lindy La Rocque after upsetting No. 1 Connecticut.

STANFORD, Calif. — Stanford really does have UConn's number.

Top-ranked Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak in women's basketball ended Thursday night when No. 9 Stanford outplayed it from the start in a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion — where the Cardinal has its own streak going.

Stanford hasn't lost in 52 home games.

The Cardinal had an early 13-point lead and never trailed.

UConn fans accustomed to watching coach Geno Auriemma's team blow past opponents hadn't seen a loss since the NCAA semifinals April 6, 2008 — Stanford got the Huskies then, too, 82-73 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.

And this was the first game the Huskies never led since Feb. 13, 2005, according to ESPN Stats. Rutgers defeated them 76-62 that day in Piscataway, N.J.

"At some point, reality had to set in. And (Thursday), reality set in," Auriemma said. "I'm not destroyed about it. Winning that many games in a row, it's unheard of."

These teams have a bit of a history. Last season, Stanford almost beat UConn in the national title game before losing 53-47.

Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3s on the way to a career-high 31 points for the Cardinal (9-2).

Huskies star Maya Moore had 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

"I thought we let it get away from us," Auriemma said. "I think the atmosphere and what was going on and when Maya couldn't get going early, I think it affected the rest of our guys. We just didn't play like ourselves.

"Give credit to Stanford. I think they played an unbelievably good game."

Last week, the Huskies (12-1) topped the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from 1971-74 by beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62 then won their 90th in a row this week at Pacific.

"When you see what happens and how it happened, I think you can appreciate it even more what it took to get to that point and how many things can go wrong and how you can have bad nights," Auriemma said.

For the Cardinal, this was a long time coming. Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, who joined the elite 800-win club last week, thought about that championship loss for months and felt her team missed a big opportunity.

"I'm just happy for our team," she said. "The streak is something that they did. We're about Stanford and what we want to do."

No. 9 Stanford 71

No. 1 UConn 59

No. 1 Connecticut women's win streak ends at 90 in loss to No. 9 Stanford 12/31/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 31, 2010 12:30am]
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