Prepping For UConn-Stanford, Volume 5

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 …

Both UConn coach Geno Auriemma and Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer are hoping for a wide-open game offensively Saturday. The NCAA tournament final at the Alamodome in San Antonio April 6, 2010, however, was hardly one to remember from an offensive standpoint.

In the end, it did not matter to UConn, who rallied to defeat Stanford 53-47 to win its second straight national championship and its seventh overall. The 100 points is the lowest combined total in a championship game.

The Huskies shot only 32.8 percent from the field, but they held Stanford to 26.5 percent. And All-American Maya Moore scored 18 of her 23 points in the second half and finished with 11 rebounds to carry UConn.

The Huskies opened the game 2-of-20 from the field (1-of-9 3-pointers) and trailed 18-9 with 3:36 left in the first half. The deficit was 20-12 at halftime as UConn sent a championship game record for scoring futility in a half. The 32 points combined was also the lowest scored in a half during a championship game.

The Huskies would make seven of their first 13 shots of the second half during a 17-2 run that gave them a 29-22 lead with 12:03 left. Moore had 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the run. Stanford was just 1-of-13 shooting during this stretch.

“It’s hard to put it all into words and perspective,’’ Auriemma said after the game. “Just the feeling of helplessness that we had in the first half and going into the locker room at halftime … And to come out in the second half and make some of the plays that we made and have Maya make some of the shots that she made it was a real testament to these kids and how strong they are and how tough they are and how resilient they are. I’m really thrilled for them and I’m really thrilled to be their coach.’’