Second-ranked Connecticut routed No. 1 Stanford 61-35, ending the Cardinal's nation-leading home winning streak at 82 games.
STANFORD, Calif. — Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and second-ranked Connecticut played spoiler and streak-buster this time, snapping No. 1 Stanford’s nation-leading 82-game home unbeaten run with a surprisingly easy 61-35 romp Saturday.
It was the Huskies who saw the end of their NCAA-record 90-game winning streak at Maples Pavilion with a 71-59 loss two years ago.
Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points as UConn (11-0) outplayed Stanford (11-1).
“It was a bad day. Whatever we were trying to do, we really struggled with it,” Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Connecticut came in here on a mission. Mission accomplished.”
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Stanford got harassed right off the home floor it ruled with perfection since a March 19, 2007, loss to Florida State in the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal lost by at least 20 points at home for the first time since an 81-59 setback to USC in 1986.
“The last time we were here, it was a big event for them and they treated it like it was a big event and God bless them,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But for us to win a game here in late December, it’s no more than just a big game against a really good team. The other stuff, I didn’t get all that excited about us winning 90. I’m not going to get that excited about us beating somebody who has won 82 in a row at home.”
Chiney Ogwumike led Stanford with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
WSU beats Zags
SPOKANE — Sophomore guard Tia Presley had 15 points and four steals to help Washington State beat Gonzaga 57-51 before 5,370 at McCarthey Athletic Center.
Presley — a graduate of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane — made 6 of 12 shots from the field for the Cougars (4-7), who recorded their first road victory of the season.
Haiden Palmer led the Zags (10-4) with 13 points.
WSU shot 34 percent from the field and held Gonzaga to 33 percent. The Cougars made 12 of 18 free throws, compared with 7 of 17 for the Zags.
Mariah Cooks of WSU, who scored 12 points, made 6 of 8 free throws.
Gonzaga, which was outscored 31-19 in the second half, won the previous four games in the series.
WSU beat the Zags in Spokane for the first time since 1997.
• In other games involving Pac-12 teams, No. 23 Colorado routed New Mexico 84-39; Vanderbilt beat USC 74-56; and North Dakota defeated Utah 62-56.
• In other games involving top-5 teams, Baylor beat Southeastern Louisiana 106-41 and No. 5 Notre Dame downed No. 11 Purdue 74-47.