Stanford Snaps Baylor Women's Basketball's 42-Game Winning Streak

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2012

Although the college basketball season has only just started, it has already seen what could be the biggest upset of the year.

The Stanford Cardinal defeated the Baylor Lady Bears, 71-69, at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Baylor was not only the defending women's champions, but the loss snaps a 42-game winning streak. Whoever runs ESPN's college basketball Twitter account could barely contain their excitement:

BIG upset in women's hoops! #Stanford beats #1 #Baylor, the defending National Champs, 71-69. Snaps Lady Bears 42 game win streak. WOW!

— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) November 17, 2012

 

This was the first loss for Baylor since March 29, 2011. Texas A&M defeated the Bears, 58-46, in the Elite Eight before going on to win the national championship that season.

Since that game, Kim Mulkey's team finished 2011-12 40-0 and proceeded to win the first two games this season.

With Brittney Griner on the team, many believed that streak would continue through this season as well. However, the Cardinal showed that anyone is beatable.

Stanford was able to win with a balanced effort, as four players chipped in with double-digit scoring. Chiney Ogwumike led the team with 18 points, followed closely by Taylor Greenfield and Toni Kokenis with 16 and 15, respectively. 

Mikaela Ruef also did her job with 12 rebounds in the winning effort.

Griner had 22 points in the loss, but it was not enough to keep the winning streak intact.

Although Stanford came into the game as the No. 4 team in the country, do not be surprised to see this team ranked No. 1 by the beginning of next week. 

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