Tuesday, April 6, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SAN ANTONIO -- The defensive game plan was solid, the execution perfect. Stanford kept Maya Moore, Tina Charles and the entire Connecticut team from scoring for a stretch of 10 minutes, 37 seconds.
And it still wasn't enough. The Cardinal were missing too many shots of their own.
Stanford indeed went ahead during the Huskies' scoreless run, but not nearly far enough. It seemed inevitable Connecticut would eventually get going and, sure enough, the Huskies proved to be too much for the Cardinal.
Stanford fell to UConn 53-47 -- the Huskies' 78th straight victory and second straight national title.
Collins Hill grad Moore had a game-high 23 points and was voted the MVP of the Final Four.
Stanford made UConn work harder than it ever had before during this streak, the six-point margin the closest any team has come to victory.
Stanford put UConn in its biggest hole of the season (nine points) and made the Huskies play from behind for longer than they had all season (19:07). Yet coach Tara VanDerveer's club cost itself the chance at the upset by not making those numbers more lopsided.