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Stanford leads Connecticut, 20-12, in women's championship game

Kayla Connecticut's dismal shooting is destroying its quest to finish undefeated for a second straight season.

Taking advantage 16 consecutive missed shots by the Huskies, Stanford went on a 12-0 run early in the first half before jumping out to a 20-12 halftime lead -- the lowest halftime scoring total in Connecticut's history.

Stanford's Kayla Pedersen hit two three-pointers and has a game-high 10 points heading into the locker room. Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes each have five points for Connecticut, which shot 17% from the floor in the first half.

"This is the worst I've ever seen it," said Connecticut Coach Geno Auriemma about the Huskies' shooting. "We're just completely out of rhythm."

Stanford has also struggled with its shooting, making 26% of its shots from the floor.

The Cardinal were the last team to beat the Huskies, beating Connecticut in the 2008 NCAA semifinals. The Huskies, who've won their last 77 games, defeated the Cardinal in December.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Stanford's Kayla Pedersen gestures while running on the court during Tuesday's women's national championship game against Connecticut. Credit: Eric Gay / Associated Press

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