The last time UConn rolled into Maples Pavilion it had its NCAA record 90-game winning streak stopped by a 71-50 loss to Stanford Dec. 30, 2010.
When the teams meet again Saturday before another sell-out crowd in Palo Alto, Calif., it will be the Huskies who could serve as streak busters. The No. 1 Cardinal are riding an 82-game winning streak at home. It is the second longest streak in Division I history behind UConn’s run of 99 straight that was ended by a 57-56 loss to St. John’s last Feb. 18.
However, ending Stanford’s streak is hardly at the top of Kelly Faris’ to-do list entering the game tomorrow.
“I don’t think I necessarily go out with the mindset that we have to win to break their streak,’’ Faris said. “That’s not really what we came here for. Of course, we want to win and we’re motivated by … Well, the ones who have been here and experienced the loss here (in 2010). That definitely sticks in the back of your mind and you learn from that. At least, you hope you do. So you have to come out knowing what they’re going to give you and knowing how aggressive it’s going to be, what the atmosphere’s going to be like. It’s another game, but the whole streak thing if you focus on that you’re not going to be focused on the right thing.’’
Stanford has not lost at home since a 68-61 loss to Florida State March 19, 2007.
“We’re home and it’s going to be an amazing atmosphere,’’ Stanford senior Joslyn Tinkle said. “We’re excited. But at the same time I don’t think we ever expect to win. We have an extremely large target on our backs and people would do anything to see us fall and that motivates us. It keeps us extremely hungry and motivated to remain at the top.’’