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On Sunday night, Connecticut advanced with a 70-50 victory over fabulous freshman Brittney Griner and Baylor, and Stanford beat Oklahoma 73-66.
Neither team ever trailed, but both felt threatened.
Stanford played first and was up by 16 midway through the second half, only to find its lead trimmed to three with 16 seconds left. Ogwumike broke free for a layup that sealed it.
UConn led by only five early in the second half, with a loud crowd cheering on Baylor. But Griner alone couldn't make up for the duo of Moore and Charles. Moore chased Ogwumike's scoring mark, finishing just short with 34 points, and Charles added 21 the day after she was named national player of the year by AP.
UConn coach Geno Auriemma wasn't happy at how little the rest of his club chipped in. That led him to gush with praise for Stanford, saying "they may be the hardest team to play against in America -- for us, anyway, because of all the offensive players they have."
Then he heard the Cardinal made only one of 15 3-point tries against Oklahoma.
"Good, they stunk, too," he said, laughing. "Maybe the first team to 50 points wins Tuesday. Why don't we do that?"
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