Prepping For UConn-Stanford, Volume 3

No. 2 UConn will meet No. 1 Stanford Saturday at a sold-out Maples Pavilion. All week I am taking a look back at the first 13 games of the series.

Here is a glance at the match-up in the NCAA national semifinals April 6, 2008 …

The Huskies had overcome season-ending knee injuries to starters Kalana Greene and Mel Thomas. They had also overcome a 14-point deficit against Rutgers in the Greensboro regional final to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2004.

But UConn could not overcome Stanford and senior All-American Candice Wiggins in the national semifinals at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. Wiggins finished with a game-high 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes to lead the Cardinal to an 82-73 win.

The Huskies, who shot just 38.8 percent from the field, led only once in the game (3-2) for a total of 17 seconds. With UConn trailing 47-46 with 14:10 left in the second half, Wiggins made two 3-pointers from the corner to key a 10-0 run by Stanford.

Freshman Maya Moore led the Huskies with 20 points, nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 37 minutes.

“There’s no words to describe what it means to put your heart and soul into something and come up short,’’ UConn coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. “Life’s thrown a lot of things at us this particular season. It took away two of our players. Limited one of them (Brittany Hunter). And now the fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending. But that’s life.’’

UConn went on to win its next 90 games after this loss.