Someone had to do it. Why not Stanford?
The Stanford Cardinal, the last team to beat Connecticut in the 2008 Final Four, topped the top-ranked Huskies, 71-59, on Thursday night, halting their record win streak at 90 games.
Before everyone starts popping the champagne corks, remember, it is only December. And Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer, although pleased with the win, wasn't ready to declare the season over.
"It's not a national championship, but it's something we're very proud of," said VanDerveer, who recently won her 800th career game.
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma was also realistic about the game. Although not proud of the outcome, he didn't seem too broken up about it.
"At some point reality had to set in, and today reality set in," Auriemma told reporters. "I'm not destroyed about it. Winning that many games in a row, it's unheard of."
So how did it happen? In a word: defense. The 9th-ranked Cardinal did a marvelous job against the Connecticut offense. The physical nature of Stanford gave the Huskies (12-1) a myriad of problems getting their offense going.
Two-time national player of the year Maya Moore scored just 14 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Connecticut shot 20-for-61 from the field (32.8 fg %).
The Cardinal, on the other hand, had a better time shooting as Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3-pointers and had a career-high 31 points to lead Stanford (9-2). Stanford shot 45.5 percent from the field.