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Stanford women end UConn's historic hoop streak

Pohlen scores a career-high 31 points as Cardinal halt Huskies again, 71-59

With senior Jeanette Pohlen scoring a career-high 31 points, the Stanford women's basketball team ended the longest streak in college basketball history with a 71-59 victory over defending NCAA champion Connecticut on Thursday night in Maples Pavilion.

The No. 1-ranked Huskies came into the nonconference game, which was a rematch of last season's NCAA championship showdown, with a 90-game winning streak. The No. 9-ranked Cardinal made sure it didn't reach 91 with outstanding defense and a career night by Pohlen, who also had nine rebounds and six assists.

"We set some awesome screens," Pohlen said. "I'm just happy we defended Maples."

Stanford had its own winning streak, as well, a 51-game homecourt streak that now stands at 52.

"Our team believed," said Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer. "Our team came out and worked very hard. I'm just happy for our team. It's December, and we're getting better."

Said UConn coach Geno Auriemma: "I thought we let it get away from us. And when Maya (Moore) couldn't get going, it affected the rest of the team. They (Stanford) just took us out of everything we tried to do . . . They made us play bad, and they played well."

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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