UConn Women's Basketball Loses to Stanford, Ending Record-Breaking Winning Streak

By Eleanor Barkhorn

The University of Connecticut women's basketball team lost to Stanford Thursday night, 59-71, ending the Huskies' record-breaking winning streak. UConn had won 90 games in a row—two more than previous the NCAA record-holders, the UCLA men's team from the 1970s—but were finally toppled by the Cardinals, the team that served them their last loss before the winning streak started.

Fanhouse calls the loss "the best thing to happen to women's basketball since it was decided girls no longer had to play in skirts." Why? Because it restores competition—and rivalry—to the game:

Stanford made the season interesting again. In front of a frothing crowd stuffed as tight as sardines inside Maples Pavilion, the Cardinal led wire to wire, leaning heavily on its size, defensive discipline and a brilliant game plan by a coach who, if she wanted, could convince her team it could fly. Some saw it as taking down the evil empire; more than once I overheard giddy fans saying it was akin to the San Francisco Giants smacking around the New York Yankees. There definitely was this West Coast dominating the East Coast vibe, but it was so much more.

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