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Game in a nutshell: UConn's defense rules day vs. Stanford

Updated 9:46 pm, Saturday, December 29, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif. -- It was a matchup that was billed as an early-season test for the UConn women's basketball team. The second-ranked Huskies did not play their best game, but it was a test they passed against No. 1 Stanford.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and six rebounds and UConn held the Cardinal to team single-game records of 19.6 percent shooting from the field and 11 made field goals in a 61-35 victory before 7,329 at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal Stanford (11-1) lost at home by at least 20 points for the first time since an 81-59 loss to then-No. 5 USC on Jan. 25, 1986. It scored less than 40 points in a game for the first time since a 72-32 loss to Missouri Jan. 2, 1984.

UConn snapped Stanford's 82-game home winning streak.

Stanford ended UConn's NCAA-record 90-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion with a 71-59 win two years ago, on Dec. 30.

UConn will ascend to the No. 1 spot in the poll for the first time since the final three weeks of the 2010-11 season.

Stefanie Dolson added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the Huskies. Kelly Faris and Bria Hartley (five rebounds, three assists) each added 10 points apiece. Breanna Stewart had nine points and six rebounds.

It was 51st time that the top two teams in The Associated Press poll have met. The No. 1 team, which had won nine straight meetings, dropped to 31-20 overall. The No. 2 team had not won since No. 2 North Carolina defeated No. 1 Duke 77-65 at home Feb. 25, 2006.

The Huskies improved to 14-3 in games between the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the country. The Cardinal are 1-8.

The Huskies led 31-13 at halftime and 40-19 with 15:02 left.

Stanford would close to within 44-29 with 11:33 left on back-to-back 3-pointers by Bonnie Samuelson. But the Huskies responded with six straight points as part of a 17-5 run to seal the win.

Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points (6-of-22 FG) and 13 rebounds to lead Stanford.

STAR OF THE GAME: Dolson. She recorded her first double-double this season and spent a great deal of time defending Ogwumike.

KEYS TO THE WIN: With the game tied 5-5, the Huskies used a 24-4 run to take control. They scored 15 straight points at one points as they held Stanford scoreless for a stretch of 5:53. ¦ The Cardinal, who missed eight straight shots during the dry spell, opened the game 3-of-22 from the field. ¦ Ogwumike scored the final eight points of the first half for Stanford. They came in a span of 16:30. ¦ Stanford went a span of 21:28 without having a player other than Ogwumike score. .

NEXT: Monday at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)

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