After finishing 40-0 and winning a national championship last season, the UConn women’s basketball program won’t be unbeaten in 2014-15. The No. 1 Huskies fell in an overtime thriller on Monday night, dropping an 88-86 contest on the road against No. 6 Stanford.
Women’s basketball doesn’t usually draw this kind of national attention during the early portion of the season, but during the Tip-Off Marathon, the girls stole the show in the first few hours as UConn, the two-time defending national champions, had its 47-game win streak snapped with the loss. Stanford also ended UConn’s record-breaking, 90-game winning streak with a 71-59 home win late in December 2010.
Trailing 87-84 with 20 seconds remaining, UConn guard Saniya Chong (20 points) made a driving lay-up to cut the Cardinal lead to one with 2.6 seconds left. After Stanford guard Karlie Samuelson split a pair of free throws, UConn never got a shot off on the ensuing inbounds play.
Stanford guard Lili Thompson paced the Cardinal with 24 points in the win as Stanford became the first team to beat the UConn women since Notre Dame beat the Huskies for the Big East Conference Tournament title on March, 12, 2013.
Since that loss to Notre Dame, Geno Auriemma’s team captured two national championships and last season’s 40-0 record was the fifth perfect season for the Huskies during Auriemma’s storied career with the program.
UConn junior forward Breanna Stewart, the reigning national player of the year, finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.