Sunday, January 2, 2011

Woman athletes are great. Yes, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team has broken sizable records only matched by men’s sports statistics. The top ranked team record is over at a 90-game winning streak. The NCAA men’s record is 88 by UCLA’s team from 1971-1974. These remarkable women drew national attention and acclaim to women’s basketball. Stanford was the last school to beat coach Geno Auriemma’s team, in the 2008 NCAA semi-finals.
The Huskies star Maya Moore tried her best scoring eight straight during one stretch. Kelly Faris scored 19 points out of 59 total for the game and were never ahead thus loosing their streak. The pressure was on. It seemed suddenly everyone was tuned in to see them fail since they quietly won for so long. They played in front of a sell-out crowd of 7,329 plus for this highly anticipated, nationally televised showdown between the top programs from either coast. Stanford has won all three meetings in the rivalry on its home floor. Yes, even the girls have their kryptonite.
Even though Stanford stopped the U Conn. Women’s streak, Stanford hasn’t won it all since 1992 despite making the last three Final Fours. Stanford led at half-time for the third straight time facing UConn. What makes those UConn. Girls so shy against Stanford? The two-time national player of the year, Maya Moore came in averaging 24.8 points and received a rousing ovation from the Stanford crowd when starting lineups were introduced, though their coach Auriemma was booed.
As the nation has learned over the years, the UConn women’s basketball team is capable of accomplishing the unimaginable. How did they not loose a single game since 2008. Yes, the Huskies have also won an NCAA record 78 straight regular season games since a 73-71 loss at Rutgers February 5, 2008. The Huskies defeated 30 ranked teams during the streak. As usual get out of the way of a group of really determined women. Congratulations to them even though their streak has ended.

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