Top-ranked Connecticut's record 90-game winning streak in women's basketball ended Thursday night when No. 9 Stanford outplayed the Huskies from the start in a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion - where the Cardinal extended its own streak.
Stanford hasn’t lost at home in 52 games. The Cardinal took a 13-point early lead and never trailed.
UConn fans accustomed to watching coach Geno Auriemma’s team blow past opponents hadn’t seen a loss since the 2008 NCAA semifinals — when Stanford beat the Huskies, 82-73, in the Final Four at Tampa, Fla.
“At some point reality had to set in, and today reality set in,” Auriemma said. “I’m not destroyed about it. Winning that many games in a row, it’s unheard of.”
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Last season, Stanford almost beat UConn in the national championship game before losing, 53-47.
Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3-pointers on her way to a career-high 31 points for the Cardinal (9-2).
UConn star Maya Moore scored 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting.
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, then won their 90th in a row this week at Pacific.
“I think that’s an incredible, incredible accomplishment,” Stanford Tara VanDerveer said of UConn’s run.
Home teams ruled when the Big Ten started conference play.
Unranked Michigan defeated No. 13 Ohio State, 64-51, behind Veronica Hicks’17 points and eight rebounds in Ann Arbor, Mich. In State College, Pa., unranked Penn State (12-3) defeated No. 14 Iowa, 68-59, behind Alex Bentley’s 19 points. In Atlanta, Georgia Tech smacked Tennessee State, 82-11, with the Tigers setting an NCAA women’s Division I record for fewest points in a game. The Yellow Jackets held a 49-3 lead at halftime.
Arizona 76, at Oregon 57: Kevin Parrom scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Wildcats (12-2) past the Ducks (7-6).
At Oregon State 80, Arizona State 58: Joe Burton had a career-high 17 points and nine rebounds to lead the Beavers (6-6) past the Sun Devils (7-5).
At No. 8 Villanova 78, No. 25 Temple 74: Corey Stokes scored 24 points, Maalik Wayns had 21 and the Wildcats (11-1) won a heavyweight showdown with the Owls (9-3) in an intracity rivalry.
No. 16 BYU 90, at Buffalo 82: Jimmer Fredette shook off a sluggish start to score 28 of his season-high 34 points in the second half, leading the Cougars (13-1) past the Bulls (7-4).