UConn looking for one more victory

SAN ANTONIO -- Imagine walking across the ledge of a 77-story building. Looking down would be dizzying for almost anybody, so the focus is always on being safe and secure with the next step.

And that's how the Connecticut Huskies have won 77 straight basketball games.

Their amazing streak -- every victory by double-digits -- has brought UConn to the brink of a second straight national championship and the first back-to-back unbeaten seasons in women's college basketball history.

Yet as they got ready to play Stanford in the title game tonight, the Huskies weren't about to talk about those glorious rewards finally being within reach.

After all, they can't afford a misstep now.

''You don't have enough room in your head to think about that,'' star forward Maya Moore said Monday. ''It's something our coaches emphasize and we as a team have believed in. We have accepted that way of thinking and it's worked great. We're not going to change that mind-set at this point. ... You don't want to let the potential of greatness to distract you.''

But isn't only human nature to be thinking about cutting down the nets inside the cavernous Alamodome? To daydream about taking one of those pictures where you stand back-to-back with a teammate?

''We do a lot of things that are against human nature,'' Moore said, laughing. ''You just have to discipline yourself to stay focused. You may have to limit your contact with a lot of outside hoopla going on. But I really do think that because it's such a habit for us, it's not that hard. Ever since I've been in this program, it's been that way. We just stay focused on the little things every day and if you look up at the end of the season, you should be where you want to be.''

It's hard to argue with UConn's formula.

Guided by coach Geno Auriemma, the Huskies have won five of the last 10 NCAA titles and reached at least the regional finals all but once since 2000.

This season, they have trailed only twice during the second half. This tournament, they have trailed a total of 8 seconds, and that was back in the first round.

''We're in the position that every senior that plays college basketball wants to be in,'' said Kalana Greene, who along with AP player of the year Tina Charles will be playing her final game for UConn tonight. ''I think we're just going to try to focus everyone up because these are the last couple of moments as a team. And we're enjoying it. I know I am.''