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UConn turns tables as romp snaps Stanford's home streak

STANFORD, Calif. — Swarmed by three defenders for much of the game, Chiney Ogwumike released the ball off-balance or just plain forced it to try to somehow get No. 1 Stanford going.

Not much worked as Connecticut dominated on a home court the Cardinal has ruled year after year.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and second-ranked UConn played streak-buster this time, snapping Stanford's nation-leading 82-game run in Maples Pavilion with a surprisingly easy 61-35 victory Saturday.

"I don't think I've experienced anything like this," Ogwumike said. "That Connecticut team we played for 40 minutes is the standard. And the great thing is now we've experienced the standard."

The Huskies sure got a thrill from leaving with a rout and silencing a typically raucous crowd.

It was UConn that saw the end of its NCAA record 90-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion with a 71-59 loss two years ago, almost to the day on Dec. 30.

"The last time we were here it was a big event for them and they treated it like it was a big event, and God bless them," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "But for us to win a game here in late December, it's no more than just a big game against a really good team."

Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 as UConn (11-0) thoroughly outplayed Stanford (11-1) at both ends.

NO. 3 BAYLOR 106, SE LA. 41: Jordan Madden scored 13, all in the first half, and the Bears (10-1) took control early en route to their nation-best 46th straight home win.

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 74, NO. 11 PURDUE 47: Kayla McBride scored 18 as the host Irish (10-1) routed the Boilermakers (11-2) for their fifth win in a row.

NO. 9 MARYLAND 72, HARTFORD 40: Alyssa Thomas had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (10-2) in the championship game of its Terrapin Classic.

NO. 18 OKLA. 79, CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 57: Aaryn Ellenberg scored 24 for the host Sooners (10-2), who made 12 of 28 3-pointers.

NO. 19 S.C. 66, W. CAROLINA 44: Tiffany Mitchell had 12 points and Ieasia Walker had five blocks to push her over 200 for her career for the host Gamecocks (12-2).

NO. 23 COLORADO 84, NEW MEXICO 39: Lexy Kresl scored 20 and tied a school mark by making five 3-pointers without a miss for the host Buffaloes (11-0).

Bulls coach one shy of 200

TAMPA — Andrea Smith had 29 points and twin Andrell Smith added 26 to lead USF to a 100-75 victory over Florida A&M at the Sun Dome, giving coach Jose Fernandez his 199th career win. USF (10-2), which set a season high for points, put it away early in the second half with a 15-0 run for a 62-40 lead.

Fernandez, in his 13th season coaching USF, gets his first shot at win No. 200 Monday against Detroit Mercy at 2 p.m. at the Sun Dome. "To be in a position to win 200 games at a school with the amount of turnover there is in college basketball today, it's special," he said.

SAINT LEO 60, URSULINE 55: Chelsea Williams had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and the host Lions (5-4) held on.

UConn turns tables as romp snaps Stanford's home streak 12/29/12 [Last modified: Saturday, December 29, 2012 10:19pm]
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