UConn shows who's No. 1

Jeremy Stone
Yahoo! SportsDecember 24, 2009

It was 1 vs. 2. It was a rematch from the last two Women's Final Fours. And it showed just how wide the gap is between No. 1 and No. 2, as Connecticut turned a tie game into a 22-point lead in just a few second-half minutes and downed Stanford 80-68.

The Huskies have won 49 straight games, pulling with 21 of their own record from 2001-03. Their next game, Monday at No. 12 Florida State, could provide a stiffer test.

Here's how it went down at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.

Conn 12, Stan 10, 15:57 1st
As expected, a high-scoring first 4 minutes. Both teams appear looser than in their Final Four matchups (as you might expect).

Conn 19, Stan 10, 13:41 1st
Timeout, Tara VanDerveer. The Huskies score on three straight possessions, while the Cardinal come up empty.

Conn 19, Stan 16, 11:48 1st
The timeout works. The Cardinal answers with a 6-0 run heading into the media timeout. Nnemkadi Ogwumike has been a force inside with eight points so far for Stanford.

Stan 29, Conn 25, 7:48 1st
The Cardinal move in front thanks to Ogwumike and Kayla Pedersen, who team with Jayne Appel to give Stanford the formidable post presence Tara VanDerveer loves.

Stan 35, Conn 34, 3:40 1st
The Huskies weather the Cardinal surge, and the pace slows down just a touch. Maya Moore has nine points but no boards so far for the Huskies.

Stan 40, Conn 38, half
A well-played first half. The Huskies move in front 38-35, but Stanford scores the final five points of the first half. UConn's long three-pointer just before the buzzer did no draw iron.

Jayne Appel takes just three shots for Stanford in the first half but has five assists, as Stanford's high-low game clicks. But 10 Cardinal turnovers keep UConn close. The Huskies also are getting high-percentage shots, particularly Tina Charles, who's 5 for 6.

Stan 44, Conn 44, 15:52 2nd
Three fouls now on Jeanette Pohlen, which forces Stanford to go small in the backcourt with Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and JJ Hones. With UConn starting a three-guard lineup, it wouldn't figure to be a big problem.

Conn 56, Stan 47, 12:22 2nd
This is how UConn has won 48 straight games. Maya Moore's free throws and 3-pointer spark a 12-3 run, and the Huskies suddenly have matched their nine-point lead from the first half. Tara VanDerveer doesn't wait for the media timeout.

Conn 65, Stan 49, 9:19 2nd
Hard to believe this was 44-44. It's a 21-5 Husky run in the last 6½ minutes, with layups galore for UConn in transition opportunities.

Conn 80, Stan 62, 2:20 2nd
The Huskies push the lead to 22 before the Cardinal stops the damage – far too late. Geno Auriemma will be pleased that second-chance points are the difference (currently 27-6 in the Huskies' favor).