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Published: Tuesday, 4/6/2010

Second half magic: Champion Huskies rally for 78th straight

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANTONIO — Every basket built their streak, every romp enriched their legacy.

From the first shot of the season, it seemed inevitable that Maya Moore, Tina Charles, and the Connecticut Huskies would win the NCAA championship.

And so they did Tuesday night, rallying from a horrible first half to beat Stanford 53-47 for their 78th straight victory and stamping themselves as one of the most dominant teams ever — in their sport or any other, men or women.

Held to only five points through the first 12 minutes and trailing 20-12 at the break, coach Geno Auriemma's team bounced back and played like champs.

Moore, the game's outstanding player, scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Auriemma win his seventh national championship, moving within one title of Pat Summitt and Tennessee. He's never lost in the title game.



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