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Women's Hoops

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December 30, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Connecticut’s historic streak ends at 90 after loss to Stanford

StanWin.jpegSeattle University coach Joan Bonvicini broke into a smile when the topic turned from her team’s 91-64 loss to Gonzaga to No. 1 Connecticut. The Huskies’ NCAA-record 90-game win streak ended on Thursday behind a 71-59 loss to No. 9 Stanford at Maples Pavilion.
“I called it, I called it,” Bonvicini said.
The KeyArena public address announcer gave repeated updates during the inaugural Holiday Hoops Classic. The crowd was more responsive in the second half, probably because the Zags-laden audience was out of its own twilight zone, watching GU build a 20-plus lead.
“Stanford just came off a huge win over No. 4 Xavier and playing in that environment,” said Bonvicini of why she thought the Cardinal would win. “Maya Moore is unbelievable, but for some of the other kids that have never been in that home-court environment — it’s a lot different. But Geno (Auriemma) is a great coach and they have great players, they’ll be back. But it’s great. Gets a lot of attention for women’s basketball right now.”
GU coach Kelly Graves also thought Stanford would win on Thursday, joking his team is better than UConn because the Zags only lost to the Cardinal by six at home in November.
“You’ve got to have a little fun with the numbers,” Graves said. “After the Xaiver game, you could tell they (Stanford) were focused, they weren’t looking a game ahead. I’m happy for them. Coach (Tara) VanDerveer, I love. She’s one of my favorite people.”
Stanford (9-2) dipped in back-to-back road losses to DePaul (91-71) and Tennessee (82-72), but the nonconference season is a memorable one for VanDerVeer. She collected her 800th-career victory against San Fransisco (100-45), which is coached by former player Jennifer Azzi, and now her team ends a streak it helped start in 2008 as the last team to defeat UConn (12-1) in the NCAA championship game.
The tournament-like week continues for Stanford with a Pac-10 opener against California on Sunday.
“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.”
*PHOTO CREDIT: Image provided by Avinash Kunnath via ESPN2 coverage of the game.

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