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Stanford's players returned to a warm welcome on campus Wednesday, yet none of the Cardinal were too keen on celebrating being a close second in women's college basketball.
The team was clearly still stung a day later despite a throng of supporters gathered at Maples Pavilion to greet them back in the Bay Area. There weren't many smiles among the players as they were introduced to several hundred fans and faculty.
It looked good for awhile for the Cardinal Tuesday night, especially in the first half. Stanford took an eight-point lead into the locker room with hopes of breaking UConn's 78-game winning streak and taking home the title for themselves.
Stanford's senior center and All-America Jayne Appel went down with an injury midway through the second half, all but ending Stanford's hopes at the upset over the untouchable Huskies.
The other Stanford star, Nnemkadi Ogwumike, was held to 11 points and stifled in the second half by the Huskies' notorious pressure defense.
The Cardinal's only two losses this season came to UConn.
It was the 78th straight victory for the Huskies, whose last loss was to Stanford in 2008. All previous 77 victories were by double digits, including a 12-point win over the Cardinal in December.