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Streak over: Stanford controls No. 1 UConn 71-59

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Streak over: Stanford controls No. 1 UConn 71-59

Dec. 30, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford really does have UConn's number. Top-rankedConnecticut's record 90-game winning streak in women's basketball endedThursday night when No. 9 Stanford outplayed the Huskies from the startin a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion - where the Cardinal have theirown streak going.Stanford hasn't lost in 52 games athome. The Cardinal took an early 13-point lead, never trailed anddidn't let the mighty Huskies back in it after halftime in this one.They kept pounding the ball inside and banging the boards.UConn fans accustomed to watchingcoach Geno Auriemma's team blow past opponents hadn't seen a loss sincethe 2008 NCAA semifinals - Stanford got the Huskies that time, too,82-73 in the Final Four at Tampa, Fla."At some point reality had to set in,and today reality set in," Auriemma said. "I'm not destroyed about it.Winning that many games in a row, it's unheard of." These teams have a bit of a history.Last season, Stanford almost beat Maya Moore and UConn in the nationalchampionship game before losing 53-47.That the Cardinal won in the rematch shouldn't have been a total surprise.Stanford was unbeatable at home, hadgiven the Huskies fits in past meetings, and UConn came close to losingto then-No. 2 Baylor last month.Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3-pointerson the way to a career-high 31 points for the Cardinal (9-2). Moorecouldn't find a rhythm until it was too late, held to 14 points on5-of-15 shooting."I thought we let it get away fromus," Auriemma said. "I think the atmosphere and what was going on andwhen Maya couldn't get going early. I think it affected the rest of ourguys. We just didn't play like ourselves. Give credit to Stanford. Ithink they played an unbelievably good game."Last week, the Huskies (12-1) toppedthe 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from1971-74 by beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62, then won their 90th in arow this week at Pacific."When you see what happens tonightand how it happened, I think you can appreciate it even more what ittook to get to that point and how many things can go wrong and how youcan have bad nights," Auriemma said.He said such a winning streakrequires good players, luck and "that all your best players have toplay great every night. And we didn't get that tonight."Pohlen sealed it with six freethrows in the final 42.5 seconds. She shot 8-for-15 overall and hadnine rebounds and six assists. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 12 points andsix rebounds and Kayla Pedersen 11 rebounds for an inspired Stanfordsquad that held a 43-36 advantage on the boards.It was a physical game from the opening tip, with players pushing and shoving all night in the paint."I thought we showed moments offight where we came together and were playing together at times," Mooresaid. "Then we would hurt ourselves ... and momentum would shift rightback to them."Moore's 3-pointer with 10:50 leftcut Stanford's lead to 48-44, then Pedersen answered moments later onthe other end. Moore tried to will her team back late, scoring eightstraight during one stretch. But she missed the front end of aone-and-one off the rim with 1:42 left that could have made it afour-point game. "I think we worked very hard defensively," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's a great player. She's human."Kelly Faris scored 19 points andBria Hartley 14 for the Huskies, who never found their usual dominantform while playing in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 7,329-plusfor this highly anticipated, nationally televised showdown between thetop programs from either coast."I think that's an incredible,incredible accomplishment," VanDerveer said of UConn's run. "Since welast played them and beat them, we've lost eight games - and two ofthem were to them. I'm really proud of our team for really stepping upand not being intimidated by the streak. Tonight was our night."Former Stanford star Candice Wiggins- who got the Cardinal back to the Final Four in that 2008 NCAA run -danced onto the floor in celebration the second the final buzzersounded and slapped high-fives with players. VanDerveer returned to thecourt and thanked the crowd, then Pohlen did the same.Yet nobody rushed the court after a monumental victory for this program, which hasn't won it all since 1992."It's not a national championship but it's a very big game for us and we're very excited," VanDerveer said.Former players from both schoolswere in the stands: Wiggins, Jayne Appel, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and JJHones of Stanford sitting together on one baseline, and ex-UConn starTina Charles. Also attending were Alana Beard and Ruthie Bolton, amember of VanDerveer's gold medal winning 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta. Even former Secretary of StateCondoleeza Rice was there, flashing a huge smile and bouncing along tothe music when the Cardinal won. VanDerveer's mother, Rita, made thetrip to see this one, too."Good job guys," Auriemma and acouple of UConn's players said while waving to Stanford after theHuskies' postgame news conference.UConn was headed home from the BayArea on what certainly would be an extra-long redeye flight out of SanFrancisco. The team just beat the big East Coast blizzard to get here,leaving at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. UConn played at Maples for the first timesince Dec. 28, 1993, and Stanford has won all three meetings in therivalry on its home floor."I'm just happy for our team,"VanDerveer said. "The streak is something that they did. We're aboutStanford and what we want to do."For the Cardinal, this was a longtime coming. VanDerveer, who joined the elite 800-win club last week,thought about that championship loss for months and felt her teammissed a big opportunity, saying it fueled her to be a better coach anddid the same for her players. Stanford hasn't won it all since 1992despite making the last three Final Fours. Stanford led at halftime for thethird straight time facing UConn, having blown a 20-12 edge at thebreak in the title game last April. This marked the sixth meetingbetween the schools since the 2007-08 season.UConn had trailed all of 134 minutesduring the entire winning streak, including only 13 minutes in thesecond half. The UCLA men's last loss before the 88-game winning streakwas to Notre Dame, then it was the Irish who ended the run - in asimilar situation to UConn's domination.Moore missed her initial four shotsand didn't score her first points until knocking down a 3 at with 3:14left in the opening half. The two-time national player of the year camein averaging 24.8 points and received a rousing ovation from theStanford crowd when starting lineups were introduced, though Auriemmawas booed.It was Pohlen, not Moore, who was by far the best player on the floor."I just had that mentality. I'm notgiving up until that buzzer goes off," Pohlen said. "I think our teamwas really looking for me to get my shot. I'm just happy that wedefended Maples. We got the win, and our team played awesome."Stanford hasn't lost at home since a 68-61 upset by Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March 2007.The Cardinal already had played abrutal nonconference schedule this month, traveling to DePaul andTennessee - their two losses that dropped them from their earlier No. 3ranking - and beating No. 4 Xavier in a surprising 89-52 blowoutTuesday.Stanford, picked to win its 11thstraight Pac-10 crown, made 9 of its first 13 shots and four of five 3sand used an 11-0 run to go ahead 17-4.UConn started 2 for 12 and missedits first five 3-point tries while also committing three turnovers inthe opening 6:31 to fall behind 17-4. Hayes' 3 at 13:10 was UConn'sfirst.Hartley then scored seven during a10-2 UConn run that got the Huskies back within 24-19 with 7:33 left inthe first half. Stanford led 34-30 at halftime.Pedersen told her team at the break it was a new game for the final 20 minutes. No letdowns."It's a huge win but it isDecember," Pedersen said. "This instills confidence that we can beatany team. We haven't won anything yet." STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford really does have UConn's number. Top-ranked Connecticut's record90-game winning streak in women's basketball ended Thursday night whenNo. 9 Stanford outplayed the Huskies from the start in a 71-59 victoryat Maples Pavilion - where the Cardinal have their own streak going.Stanford hasn't lost in 52 games athome. The Cardinal took an early 13-point lead, never trailed anddidn't let the mighty Huskies back in it after halftime in this one.They kept pounding the ball inside and banging the boards.UConn fans accustomed to watchingcoach Geno Auriemma's team blow past opponents hadn't seen a loss sincethe 2008 NCAA semifinals - Stanford got the Huskies that time, too,82-73 in the Final Four at Tampa, Fla."At some point reality had to set in,and today reality set in," Auriemma said. "I'm not destroyed about it.Winning that many games in a row, it's unheard of."These teams have a bit of a history.Last season, Stanford almost beat Maya Moore and UConn in the nationalchampionship game before losing 53-47.That the Cardinal won in the rematch shouldn't have been a total surprise.Stanford was unbeatable at home, hadgiven the Huskies fits in past meetings, and UConn came close to losingto then-No. 2 Baylor last month.Jeanette Pohlen hit five 3-pointerson the way to a career-high 31 points for the Cardinal (9-2). Moorecouldn't find a rhythm until it was too late, held to 14 points on5-of-15 shooting."I thought we let it get away fromus," Auriemma said. "I think the atmosphere and what was going on andwhen Maya couldn't get going early. I think it affected the rest of ourguys. We just didn't play like ourselves. Give credit to Stanford. Ithink they played an unbelievably good game."Last week, the Huskies (12-1) toppedthe 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden's UCLA men's team from1971-74 by beating No. 22 Florida State 93-62, then won their 90th in arow this week at Pacific."When you see what happens tonightand how it happened, I think you can appreciate it even more what ittook to get to that point and how many things can go wrong and how youcan have bad nights," Auriemma said.He said such a winning streakrequires good players, luck and "that all your best players have toplay great every night. And we didn't get that tonight." Pohlen sealed it with six freethrows in the final 42.5 seconds. She shot 8-for-15 overall and hadnine rebounds and six assists. Nnemkadi Ogwumike added 12 points andsix rebounds and Kayla Pedersen 11 rebounds for an inspired Stanfordsquad that held a 43-36 advantage on the boards.It was a physical game from the opening tip, with players pushing and shoving all night in the paint."I thought we showed moments offight where we came together and were playing together at times," Mooresaid. "Then we would hurt ourselves ... and momentum would shift rightback to them."Moore's 3-pointer with 10:50 leftcut Stanford's lead to 48-44, then Pedersen answered moments later onthe other end. Moore tried to will her team back late, scoring eightstraight during one stretch. But she missed the front end of aone-and-one off the rim with 1:42 left that could have made it afour-point game. "I think we worked very hard defensively," Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. "She's a great player. She's human."Kelly Faris scored 19 points andBria Hartley 14 for the Huskies, who never found their usual dominantform while playing in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 7,329-plusfor this highly anticipated, nationally televised showdown between thetop programs from either coast."I think that's an incredible,incredible accomplishment," VanDerveer said of UConn's run. "Since welast played them and beat them, we've lost eight games - and two ofthem were to them. I'm really proud of our team for really stepping upand not being intimidated by the streak. Tonight was our night."Former Stanford star Candice Wiggins- who got the Cardinal back to the Final Four in that 2008 NCAA run -danced onto the floor in celebration the second the final buzzersounded and slapped high-fives with players. VanDerveer returned to thecourt and thanked the crowd, then Pohlen did the same.Yet nobody rushed the court after a monumental victory for this program, which hasn't won it all since 1992."It's not a national championship but it's a very big game for us and we're very excited," VanDerveer said.Former players from both schoolswere in the stands: Wiggins, Jayne Appel, Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and JJHones of Stanford sitting together on one baseline, and ex-UConn starTina Charles. Also attending were Alana Beard and Ruthie Bolton, amember of VanDerveer's gold medal winning 1996 Olympic team in Atlanta. Even former Secretary of StateCondoleeza Rice was there, flashing a huge smile and bouncing along tothe music when the Cardinal won. VanDerveer's mother, Rita, made thetrip to see this one, too."Good job guys," Auriemma and acouple of UConn's players said while waving to Stanford after theHuskies' postgame news conference.UConn was headed home from the BayArea on what certainly would be an extra-long redeye flight out of SanFrancisco. The team just beat the big East Coast blizzard to get here,leaving at 6:30 a.m. Sunday. UConn played at Maples for the first timesince Dec. 28, 1993, and Stanford has won all three meetings in therivalry on its home floor."I'm just happy for our team,"VanDerveer said. "The streak is something that they did. We're aboutStanford and what we want to do."For the Cardinal, this was a longtime coming. VanDerveer, who joined the elite 800-win club last week,thought about that championship loss for months and felt her teammissed a big opportunity, saying it fueled her to be a better coach anddid the same for her players. Stanford hasn't won it all since 1992despite making the last three Final Fours.Stanford led at halftime for thethird straight time facing UConn, having blown a 20-12 edge at thebreak in the title game last April. This marked the sixth meetingbetween the schools since the 2007-08 season.UConn had trailed all of 134 minutesduring the entire winning streak, including only 13 minutes in thesecond half. The UCLA men's last loss before the 88-game winning streakwas to Notre Dame, then it was the Irish who ended the run - in asimilar situation to UConn's domination.Moore missed her initial four shotsand didn't score her first points until knocking down a 3 at with 3:14left in the opening half. The two-time national player of the year camein averaging 24.8 points and received a rousing ovation from theStanford crowd when starting lineups were introduced, though Auriemmawas booed.It was Pohlen, not Moore, who was by far the best player on the floor."I just had that mentality. I'm notgiving up until that buzzer goes off," Pohlen said. "I think our teamwas really looking for me to get my shot. I'm just happy that wedefended Maples. We got the win, and our team played awesome."Stanford hasn't lost at home since a 68-61 upset by Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March 2007.The Cardinal already had played abrutal nonconference schedule this month, traveling to DePaul andTennessee - their two losses that dropped them from their earlier No. 3ranking - and beating No. 4 Xavier in a surprising 89-52 blowoutTuesday.Stanford, picked to win its 11thstraight Pac-10 crown, made 9 of its first 13 shots and four of five 3sand used an 11-0 run to go ahead 17-4.UConn started 2 for 12 and missedits first five 3-point tries while also committing three turnovers inthe opening 6:31 to fall behind 17-4. Hayes' 3 at 13:10 was UConn'sfirst.Hartley then scored seven during a10-2 UConn run that got the Huskies back within 24-19 with 7:33 left inthe first half. Stanford led 34-30 at halftime.Pedersen told her team at the break it was a new game for the final 20 minutes. No letdowns."It's a huge win but it isDecember," Pedersen said. "This instills confidence that we can beatany team. We haven't won anything yet."

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

Five mistakes that will haunt Giants after 77th loss of 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — If the Giants were in a different situation, Tuesday night’s loss was the kind that really would sting for a few days. As is, it was simply loss No. 77 in a stunningly bad season. 

The Giants went down 4-3 in somewhat familiar fashion, with their offense failing to break through and their bullpen coming up short. But this loss, No. 77, was also about small mistakes, both mental and physical. Let’s count down some of the ways the Giants went down:

--- Gorkys Hernandez, a late addition to the lineup because Hunter Pence has a tight hamstring, dropped a fly ball in deep right in the fourth inning. That cost Jeff Samardzija a run and a few more pitches. Bruce Bochy said Pence likely will be off Wednesday and then return Friday in Arizona. 

--- Bochy pulled Samardzija after just 89 pitches, and it was certainly peculiar in the moment. The thing is, the intention fit in with the reality of this season. Samardzija has carried a heavy load and Bochy was trying to protect his arm a bit. 

“The inning before, he logged some pitches,” Bochy said. “I’ve worked him pretty hard and I’m really looking after him as much as anything. We’re trying to give some guys a break and it didn’t work out. We had some guys lined up in the seventh, eighth, ninth — it just didn’t work out in the seventh.”

--- You can’t really argue with protecting a big-money pitcher in a down year. But Bochy probably wishes he had chosen someone other than Albert Suarez, who was fresher than others but has now given up runs in six of seven appearances. Suarez turned a one-run lead into a one-run deficit. It was more glaring when Kyle Crick entered and pitched 1 1/3 sharp innings. 

--- The Giants still had a chance — it helped that the Brewers took a dominant Josh Hader out of the game just because he’s a lefty and Nick Hundley bats right-handed — and they put two on in the eighth. Denard Span hit a soft single to right and Phil Nevin waved Hundley, who has catcher’s legs. He was out by a mile. Bochy said he was fine with forcing the issue there, although that’s a call Nevin probably wants back. 

Another twist on the play: Bochy could have put speedy Orlando Calixte in for Hundley and then moved Pablo Sandoval over to first in the next inning, with Calixte at third. He didn’t second-guess that decision.

“He was out pretty easily,” Bochy said. “I don’t know if a little more speed would have helped out.”

--- In the bottom of the ninth, Kelby Tomlinson singled. He was promptly caught stealing second with the heart of the order coming up. Again, a decision that went the visiting team’s way. 

Those moments could be defended or second-guessed. On another night, maybe they all work out and the Giants win 3-2, or 6-4. On this night, it was simply a familiar script, and loss No. 77.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from Giants' 4-3 loss to Brewers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Just when it seemed the Giants were starting to find some continuity in their bullpen, they have taken a couple of steps back. 

Two days after Hunter Strickland imploded late, Albert Suarez gave up the lead. The Giants lost 4-3 to the Brewers in a game that dragged. The Brewers did open the window a bit in the bottom of the eighth and Denard Span bounced a single to right with two outs and two on. Phil Nevin waved Nick Hundley all the way around third and Hundley was thrown out by 10 feet to end the inning. 

Anyway, here are five other things to know … 

—- Just one of Jeff Samardzija’s six innings went 1-2-3, and Bruce Bochy turned to the bullpen after just 89 pitches. Samardzija was charged with two runs, one of them earned. It was a little odd that he came out so early. 

—- Suarez entered in the seventh with a one-run lead and gave up two runs before being lifted. He has allowed a run in six of his last seven appearances. 

—- Brandon Crawford momentarily gave the Giants the lead with a two-run homer, his 11th. He is definitely starting to hit his stride. Crawford has four extra base hits and six RBI on the homestand. 

—- Why is it so hard for the Giants to sign power bats? Well, just ask Eric Thames. He hit a 433-foot blast to lead off the third but ended up with just a triple when it bounced off the top of the bricks in right-center. Per Statcast data, Thames is the first player in the last three years to hit a ball more than 430 feet and not get a homer. He was stranded at third. 

—- Over in Sacramento, a couple of rehab appearances went as planned. Johnny Cueto threw three scoreless innings for the River Cats; he will make at least one more minor league start. Joe Panik was 0-for-2 in five innings; he will join the San Jose Giants on Wednesday for another rehab game.