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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Maya Moore and everybody around UConn realized how much this meant to Stanford after several near misses against the mighty Huskies — one in the Final Four, another that cost the Cardinal the 2010 NCAA title.
No. 1 Connecticut's remarkable run is over, a 90-game winning streak stopped by an inspired Stanford squad determined to protect its own impressive mark: 52 straight home wins at Maples Pavilion.
This time, the ninth-ranked Cardinal took the lead from the opening tip and kept firm hold of it until the final buzzer of a 71-59 victory Thursday night.
"They forced us into some mistakes we haven't made all year," coach Geno Auriemma said. "Finally a team took advantage of the mistakes we made."
Stanford had been so close to UConn in the previous two meetings, blowing halftime leads and pondering what could have been for months — especially last April's NCAA final that sent the Huskies to their second straight championship.
The Cardinal took an early 13-point lead Thursday and never trailed.
UConn fans accustomed to watching Auriemma's team blow past opponents hadn't seen a loss since the 2008 NCAA semifinals, when Stanford beat the Huskies 82-73 in the Final Four at Tampa, Fla.
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