UConn puts end to Stanford streak
STANFORD, Calif. (AP)
Geno Auriemma insists long winning streaks do little to get him amped up, even after he traveled his
The Huskies sure got a thrill from leaving with an unexpected rout and silencing a typically raucous crowd - and likely stealing away the No. 1 spot in the polls along with it.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and second-ranked UConn played spoiler and streak-buster this time, snapping
It was the Huskies who saw the end of their 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,'' 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. The other stuff, I didn't get all that excited about us winning 90, I'm not going to get that excited about us beating somebody who's won 82 in a row at home.''
Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points as UConn (11-0) thoroughly outplayed
The game was the 51st meeting between the top two teams in the poll. The No. 1 seed had won the previous nine matchups and holds a 31-20 lead.
Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points and 13 rebounds but struggled in the post as
''It was a bad day. Whatever we were trying to do, we really struggled with it,''
Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 14 rebounds and flustered Ogwumike all afternoon, and Bria Hartley and Kelly Faris also scored 10 apiece for UConn.
Breanna Stewart scored seven straight points during a decisive 17-2 run in the first half as UConn built a 22-7 lead against the cold-shooting Cardinal and kept the pressure on the rest of the way.
They had gone five full seasons with an unbeaten record on their home floor.
Mosqueda-Lewis, last season's Big East top freshman averaging 16.4 points and 5.0 rebounds, shot 7 for 13 as
''I love the game, I think it's a great game for both teams, but for our game two years ago it was a national event - I don't think tonight was a national event,'' Auriemma said. ''We beat a really good
This wasn't the Cardinal's worst home loss ever - that was a 96-51 defeat to Long Beach State on March 10, 1983 - though UConn sure made it feel like it for an afternoon to silence a typically animated crowd.
Auriemma was booed by the crowd during pregame introductions, then again when the coach was whistled for a technical foul with his team ahead 19 points with 13:22 remaining.
UConn, which had trailed for only 48 seconds all season coming into the game and now just 2:21 in all, won for the first time at
''I don't think I've experienced anything like this,'' Ogwumike said. ''That
UConn's 6-foot-5 Dolson made things tough all day for Ogwumike - who stands 6-4 - and gave her problems with a size advantage to deny
''Stefanie was going to guard Chiney until she proved that she couldn't,'' Auriemma said.
Dolson was whistled for her third foul with 17:42 left in the game, but Mikaela Ruef missed both free throws.
Walking off the court after this one ''was complete opposite,'' Dolson said.
''Two years ago we lost and it ended our streak. It was just a horrible loss,'' she recalled.
Bonnie Samuelson's back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half, the Cardinal's first from behind the arc, gave them some life. But it was short-lived as the Huskies pulled away.
This season's Cardinal stunned defending NCAA champion and then-top-ranked Baylor and Brittney Griner on Nov. 16 to become the nation's No. 1 team and avenge a loss in last spring's NCAA semifinals.
The Cardinal hardly looked like the best team Saturday against the dominant Huskies. They were held below 40 points for the first time since a 72-32 loss to Missouri on Jan. 2, 1984.
Ogwumike's big sister, Nnemkadi - the 2012 No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick of the Los Angeles Sparks - attended the game, along with other former