No. 2 UCONN WOMEN AT NO. 1 STANFORD
Time: 4 p.m.
Where: Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.
TV: ESPNU (Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo)
Radio: WTIC-AM 1080, WILI-AM 1400 (Bob Joyce and Debbie Fisk)
Series history: Stanford, 7-6
Last meeting: UConn, 68-58, XL Center, Nov. 21, 2011
Streaks: UConn W10; Stanford, W11
5 CAROLINE DOTY, G, 5-10, Sr., 4.3 – Has started last two games
30 BREANNA STEWART, F, 6-4, Fr, 16.9 – Big East’s reigning Freshman of the Week
14 BRIA HARTLEY, G, 5-7, Jr., 10.1 – Has averaged 18.0 in last two games
31 STEFANIE DOLSON, C, 6-5, Jr., 11.7 – Shooting 57.5 percent from the field
34 KELLY FARIS, G, 5-11, Sr., 9.4 ppg – Leads nation in assist/turnover ratio (42 to 9)
13 BRIANNA BANKS, G, 5-9, So., 9.9 – Shooting 48.1 percent from three
23 KALEENA MOSQUEDA-LEWIS, F, 6-0, So., 16.4 – Scored 25 against Cardinal as a freshman
13 CHINEY OGWUMIKE, F, 6-3, Jr., 21.8 – Reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week; 12.8 rebounds
31 TONI KOKENIS, G, 5-11, Jr., 8.9 – Shooting 96.2 percent from foul line
44 JOSLYN TINKLE, F, 6-3, Sr., 13.9 ppg – Has 24 blocked shots, nine steals
33 AMBER ORRANGE, G, 5-7, So., 10.9 ppg – Leads team with 59 assists
4 TAYLOR GREENFIELD, F, 6-3, So., 6.3 ppg – Top three-point shooter (47.2 percent)
3 MIKAELA RUEF, F, 6-3, Jr., 2.8 – 10 blocked shots, 6.8 rebounds
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
History of 1 vs. 2
This is the 17th time UConn will play a 1-2 game. They are 13-3, 10-1 when ranked No. 1. Prior to losing to Baylor last season, the Huskies had won each of the last 1-2 games they played. UConn is 69-5 overall when ranked No. 2. … Stanford became No. 1 by beating Baylor, 71-69, on Nov. 16. The Cardinal is coming off a 13-point win at Tennessee on Dec. 22.
The Huskies have never won at Maples Arena. The last time they played there was Dec. 30, 2010 when the Cardinal ended UConn’s 90-game winning streak. UConn has won four of the last five meetings. The teams will open the 2013-14 season in Connecticut.
Setting the pace
The Huskies have trailed for only 48 seconds out of 400 minutes this season and just 31 since Charleston took a 2-0 lead by scoring the first basket of the year on Nov. 11 at Gampel Pavilion. UConn’s biggest deficit this season has been two points.
Best in the nation
The Huskies lead the NCAA Division I in scoring margin (45.1) and field goal percentage (54.0) and are second in points allowed (43.0).
Teammates and rivals
Hartley and Ogwumike were teammates, along with Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and former UConn guard Ann Strother, on this summer’s USA Basketball 3×3 gold medalist in Greece.
JOHN ALTAVILLA, email@example.com
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