One Step Away???

By Gary Norris Gray, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 31, 2010

CALIFORNIA (BASN) — Just a month ago, we wrote about the “Collision Course” between the UConn Lady Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal.

Both teams now have made it to the Final Four. The competition has gotten, taller, tougher, and better. The stakes have also become greater now because it’s win or go home.

//<![CDATA[ //]]> Monday night, Stanford (31-1) won the Sacramento Regional with a last second shot by bench player Janette Pohlen beating a gutsy Xavier team 55-53.

The Lady Musketeers should have won this game five times, but with four missed free throws and two lay-ups it would not be.

Tuesday night, UConn (37-0) remained undefeated as they continue to steam roll over opponents winning the Dayton Regional by beating Florida State 90-50.

Tina Charles had another double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds) and Maya //<![CDATA[ //]]> Moore added 20 points as they and their Lady Husky teammates just dominated this game.

This was the largest margin of victory in NCAA history and was also the Lady Huskies 76th straight victory with two more games to play this year. It’s also UConn’s eighth Final Four appearance.

The Baylor Lady Bears (27-9) — with freshman star center Brittney Griner — and winners of Memphis Regional are next for the Lady Huskies. This could be the first real challenge for the UConn.

As for Stanford, they’ll meet the 27-10 Oklahoma Lady Sooners in the other women’s semifinal on Sunday night in San Antonio.

Winners of the Kansas City Regional, the Lady Sooners had a very slow start the first half, getting behind 14-3 before they put it in gear. O.U. did not even miss the Paris sisters or the season ending injury to guard Lauren Wills.

As many folks know, Stanford’s only loss came at the hands of UConn (80-68) back in December. The dream matchup of UConn-Stanford now has only one hill to climb.