OK, if you missed today’s matchup against No. 1 Connecticut and No. 2 Stanford you either have an awful, time-consuming job or aren’t into women’s hoops. The Cardinal led at the half, a first for a Huskies opponent since Stanford defeated UConn in 2008 at the Final Four.
But, as widely predicted, the Huskies remained undefeated with an 80-68 win.
“Why were yall tweetn me abt the UCONNvsStandford gm, w/all the hype calling it rivalry etc..LOL #C’mon Son..UC will have 2beat themselves!” tweeted Storm All-Star Swin Cash of her former college team after the game.
Cash is currently playing in China, but teammate Sue Bird attended the game to be honored as part of the 1999-2000 NCAA championship team. Bird is expected to play for Spartak Moscow in January.
Conditioning-wise, Stanford (9-1) is finally ready to compete with UConn (10-0). Yet, until the Cardinal get better outside play from the backcourt, hitting jumpers and threes consistently, the Huskies will never be challenged again.
Still, it was an entertaining clash of East versus West. Soon-to-be top WNBA draft picks in Stanford’s Jayne Appel versus Connecticut’s Tina Charles. And the game put an exclamation point on the holiday close for women’s hoops.
There isn’t another game until Gonzaga (9-4) hosts UC Irvine (3-8) on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Pac-10 resumes its nonconference schedule with No. 18 Arizona State (7-3) hosting Furman (6-5) at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Washington (5-5) is off until a Jan. 1 conference opener at Oregon (9-3).
If you can’t wait that long, the NBA still delivers with a buffet of games on Christmas Day. But we’ll be back Monday to see what’s new in the women’s hoops world.
Happy Holidays everyone!