No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 UConn will meet at sold-out Maples Pavilion Saturday. It will be the 14th meeting between the teams, with UConn leading the series 7-6.
This is shaping up as another memorable installment in a high-profile series that has seen the teams play once in the NCAA regional semifinals (2005), three times in the NCAA national semifinals (1995, 2008-09) and in the national championship game in 2010.
Stanford currently has an 82-game winning streak at home.
Leading up to the game next weekend, I will be providing a look back at the series …
The last time the teams played in Palo Alto, Calif. Stanford ended UConn’s NCAA record 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 win before a sellout crowd of 7,329 Dec. 30, 2010. It was the 52nd straight win at home for the Cardinal and it was the first loss for the Huskies since falling to Stanford 82-73 in the national semifinals April 6, 2008.
“At some point reality had to set in, and today reality set in,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma told reporters after the game. “I’m not destroyed about it. Winning that many games in a row, it’s unheard of.’’
Jeanette Pohlen made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points to lead Stanford. Maya Moore had 14 points (5-of-15 FG) for the Huskies.
UConn shot just 32.8 percent from the field.