What makes Maya Moore so good?


Jeanette Pohlen &

The Stanford Cardinals came in with an obvious game plan, stop the best player in women’s college basketball..done, and in the process ended the Huskies winning streak.  Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen was the best player tonight. Playing with poise, the 6′ senior from Brea, Calif. hit five 3-pointers on the way to a game/career-high 31 points.  Stanford won its 52nd straight at Maples Pavilion in a rematch of last season’s NCAA title game won 53-47 by two-time defending national champion UConn.

“Our team came out and played really well together”, noted Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer.  Further keeping things in perspective, coach VanDerveer continued “it’s not a National Championship, but it’s a very big game for us and we’re excited.”

For the Huskies, soph. guard Kelly Faris dropped in a team-high 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds.  Maya Moore scored just 14 points in the Huskies first loss since April 6, 2008, when they lost to these very same Stanford team, 82-73 in the N.C.A.A. semifinals.

Tara Vanderveer On Stanford’s Win

Geno Auriemma On Losing To Stanford



Maya Moore has accomplished so much in her college career, from winning the Wade Trophy in back-to-back seasons to leading the UConn huskies to an unprecedented 89+ victories, breaking the John Wooden UCLA win streak.

This past summer, Moore was the lone college player on the Team USA squad that won gold during the World Championship, earning an automatic berth to the 2012 Olympics in London, England.

Maya Moore: UCONN/Team USA



Geno Auriemma and Maya Moore on UConn’s win streak reaching 89 games to surpass UCLA men’s mark HARTFORD — The UConn women’s basketball team has never actively chased history. The top-ranked Huskies, instead, find themselves chasing perfection each time they take the court. Whether it is in practice or in games, the goal is to play the perfect game. Following the lead of All-American Maya Moore, it is with this mantra that UConn has reached a height never before attained by any other team in the history of men’s and women’s basketball. Moore scored 26 of her career-high 41 points in the first half and had 10 rebounds to power the Huskies to their record-setting 89th straight win Tuesday. The 93-62 victory over No. 22 Florida State before a sellout crowd of 16,294 at the XL Center was highlighted with UConn’s customary relentless, unselfish play and plenty of Moore. Read more:

FSU vs. UConn Preview The Florida State women’s basketball team is looking to prevent history while making a little of its own against the Huskies Tuesday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. HARTFORD, Conn. – As far as non-conference, regular-season games in December go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. When the No. 14 Florida State women’s basketball team steps on to XL Center court Tuesday night in Hartford, Conn. to take on No. 1 UConn, the Seminoles will be looking to prevent the Huskies from earning a college basketball record 89th-straight victory. More importantly, however, is that FSU (9-2) will be focused on playing a ballgame that will allow them to bounce back from an unexpected loss to Yale on Saturday and set a tone before heading back to Tallahassee to face rival Florida next week. ADDITIONAL QUOTES FROM HEAD COACH Sue Semrau On the attention that is being paid to women’s basketball right now: “I think it’s fantastic. To be a part of this and all the attention is going to be on the game of women’s basketball. Florida State gets to be a part of that. I’m excited for our kids for the amount of attention and pressure that it’s going to put on us.”

UConn’s Record Run

Maya Moore, Sue Bird, Rebecca Lobo and Jen Rizzotti discuss UConn women’s 88-game win streak GENO’S QUOTE OF THE DAY

Connecticut goes for UCLA’s basketball milestone

On Sunday, top-ranked Connecticut will play No. 11-ranked Ohio State at Madison Square Garden in New York. A win Sunday would be Connecticut’s 88th in a row, tying an NCAA Division I record held by John Wooden‘s Bruins, whose streak began on Jan. 30, 1971, and ended on Jan. 19, 1974, courtesy of Notre Dame in South Bend. The Bruins, led by future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton, were up by 11 with just over three minutes to go but lost, 71-70.

Connecticut is led by All-American Maya Moore, who made eight of nine shots in the 86th victory to become the Huskies’ all-time scorer with 2,355, passing Tina Charles’ 2,346 set last season. A win by the top-ranked Huskies (9-0) over the No. 11 Buckeyes (8-1) and they could be trying for its 89th consecutive win on Tuesday night against No. 15 Florida State. UConn vs Ohio State on Sunday (ESPNU, 2 p.m. ET) at Madison Square Garden and UConn will host Florida State on Tuesday (ESPN2 or ESPNU, 7 p.m. ET) at Hartford’s XL Center.

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