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TheOpenThread: UConn vs. Stanford, NCAA women's championship game

Everybody CON-GA! (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Everybody CON-GA! (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Tonight's national championship game (8:30 p.m., ESPN) isn't quite the foregone conclusion you might think it is.

The Huskies struggled against the extreme height of Brittany Griner and Baylor, only pulling away when the Lady Bears ran out of gas over the final 10 minutes.

Stanford has the horses to go 40 minutes and wear down UConn's razor-thin post depth, and 6-2 forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike has turned into a beast (38 points, 16 rebounds in the semifinal win over Oklahoma) since the last time these two teams played.

But there is definitely a chance UConn could lose this game. It would require one (or both) of Tina Charles and Maya Moore to sit the bench in foul trouble, UConn to have a poor shooting night (they were 3-17 from 3 on Sunday, so it is apparently possible), and the Cardinal can hit enough shots to keep it close midway through the second half.

It's happened before, two years ago. Will it happen again, with the 78-game winning streak on the line? With a chance to win back-to-back unbeaten championships and stake a claim as the greatest women's basketball team ever?

We shall see. We shall also be commenting on the game in this post. Hope you join us tonight.

Let's Go Huskies.