Women's basketball | Connecticut 61, Stanford 35: Cardinal’s home win streak ends at 82
Bria Hartley was one of four Connecticut players to score in double figures in a blowout victory over Stanford.
STANFORD, Calif. — Swarmed by three defenders for much of the day, Chiney Ogwumike released the ball off-balance or just forced it up to try to somehow get No. 1 Stanford going.
Not much worked. Frustration mounted on both ends of the floor. Connecticut dominated on a home court the Cardinal had ruled.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and second-ranked UConn played spoiler and streak-buster this time, ending Stanford’s nation-leading 82-game home winning streak at Maples Pavilion with a surprisingly easy 61-35 victory yesterday.
“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 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. The Huskies’ 90-game overall winning streak ended at Maples Pavilion nearly two years ago to the day, Dec. 30, 2010.
“The last time we were here it was a big event for them and they treated it like it was a big event,” 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. 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 Stanford (11-1) on both ends of the floor in this highly touted game featuring the country’s top women’s programs and Final Four regulars from opposite coasts.
The game was the 51st meeting between the top two teams in the poll. The No. 1 team had won the previous nine matchups and holds a 31-20 lead.
Ogwumike had 18 points and 13 rebounds but struggled in the post as Stanford lost at home for the first time since March 2007.
“It was a bad day. Whatever we were trying to do we really struggled with it,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Connecticut came in here on a mission. Mission accomplished.”
Stefanie Dolson had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Bria Hartley and Kelly Faris also scored 10 each for UConn.