A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
UConn Makes A Statement……..Again!!!!
Stanford keep its end of the bargain and actually led No.1 UConn 40-38 at the half. Someone forgot to tell Stanford that the bell had rung in the second half.
UConn blitzed the No. 2 Cardinal 42-28 in that half to come away with a hard fought 80-68 win. The patented UConn run came at the beginning of the second half.
Senior center Tina Charles was player of the game with 20 points and 12 rebounds but junior player of the year candidate Maya Moore was the primary reason that UConn won.
Moore had 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting and had an electrifying pass that seemed to turn the tide early in the second half. She also had nine rebounds and two steals.
Stanford coach Tara Vanderveer seemed satisfied with the game and that says a lot after a 12 point loss that was not even that close.
She seemed to accept in the post-game press conference that UConn was the better team and that it would take a lot for Stanford to catch Huskies by March in a possible National Championship game in San Antonio.
UConn has two of the best five players in the country in Moore and Charles and the best coach in Geno Auriemma, recently named by Sports Illustrated as one of the top ten coaches, pro or college of the decade.
The Huskies still has to play Notre Dame, North Carolina and Pittsburgh but none of those teams appear strong enough to mount a challenge to UConn.
This is all good for UConn but not great for women’s basketball as the Huskies are at a level far and above the rest of the country. That should continue until Moore graduates in 2011.