STANFORD, Calif. -- Since Maya Moore left the floor for the final time for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team in on April 3, 2011, the Huskies have won 109 games and two national championships while reaching three NCAA Final Fours.
The only thing they have not won, though, is a close game.
Top-ranked UConn saw its 47-game winning streak snapped Monday night as No. 6 Stanford rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 3:12 to force overtime and went on to defeat the Huskies 88-86 before a crowd of 5,367 at Maples Pavilion.
UConn is now 0-8 in games decided by five points or less or in overtime since Moore moved on to the professional ranks.
"That's not good," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "It's a double-edged sword. You have some teams that play so well that you're not in that situation very often. I don't know what our record was in those games before Maya graduated. I'm sure we won a couple.
"The players themselves are not in that situation enough times. That's unfair to them. But what are you supposed to do? You can't create them. I'm sure there were reasons for every loss that you would look back on ... Sometimes it comes down to one play, one free throw. One play doesn't cost you a game but one play can win the game. Some players just have the inherent ability to make those big plays in big moments. No matter how much you work on them, you need big-time players to make big-time plays at big-time moments."
The Huskies (1-1) have one of those players in All-American Breanna Stewart. But with Stanford (2-0) running multiple defenders at the reigning Player of the Year, it was difficult to get things done.
Stewart had 23 points and 10 rebounds but did not score in overtime and missed a jump shot with 25 seconds left in the extra session that would have given UConn a lead.
"We need more contributions from more people because we're Connecticut," Auriemma said. "I don't know how many more games Stanford will play at home that they'll storm the court at the end of the game. This might be the only one. Some of our guys are just not in tune with that yet."
Stewart described the emotion as "shock" in the Huskies' postgame locker room.
"We have a lot of new guys and they've never been in this situation before," Stewart said. "Even with Saniya (Chong) and her class, they've never lost. I was frustrated because there are things you wish you could have done better. My free throws were awful, that kind of thing. After the coaches came in we talked about it and pointed out that things need to change. This is not going to be one of those Connecticut teams that you look back at as super-successful if we don't change what we're doing."
Lili Thompson led the Cardinal with 24 points while backcourt mate Amber Orrange added 17 -- including the 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left that forced overtime -- while Bonnie Samuelson came off the bench to score 14.
Stanford snapped UConn's NCAA-record 90-game winning here four years ago. The Huskies' 47-game run ranks as the fourth longest in NCAA history.
"We were confident," Samuelson said. "We had a great scouting report and we have great players on our team and everybody supports each other so much. We believed. We believed it could happen."
UConn led 40-38 at halftime. A Karlie Samuelson 3-pointer gave Stanford a 45-41 edge. But UConn responded with a 15-4 run, capped by a Chong trey, to lead by seven. The Huskies' biggest lead was at 65-55 with 6:32 left on another Chong three.
Stanford pulled within one three times in the final minute but UConn hit 6-of-7 from the foul line and two free throws by Morgan Tuck made it 77-74 with 11.8 seconds remaining. The Cardinal came down and looked for Bonnie Samuelson. The Huskies appeared to have the play well-defended but Moriah Jefferson decided to run at Samuelson, who dished to a wide-open Orrange, who found nothing but net.
"I was surprisingly calm when I took the shot," Orrange said.
The Huskies also could have fouled Samuelson before she took her shot but opted to have the defense play it out and they paid for it.
"I keep going back and forth on it," Auriemma said. "So far I haven't made the right decision very often and the kid made a really tough shot. A lot of credit to her. Had she missed, it would have been a great decision, right?"
Tuck scored five points to put UConn back in front but fouled out with 3:26 left. Orrange gave Stanford the lead at 85-84 with 1:39 to go. Two Samuelson free throws with 20.3 seconds remaining pushed the advantage to three. Chong's layup with 3.1 seconds to go made it 87-86 and the Huskies fouled Karlie Samuelson a half-second later. She missed the first and made the second.
Auriemma designed a play to try and get a final shot. But Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis inbounded the ball to Kiah Stokes at the Stanford foul line. Stokes gave the ball back to Mosqueda-Lewis who dribbled but didn't get even a desperation shot off.
"I can't explain it," Auriemma said.
Chong was a bright spot for UConn with a career high 20 points. Tuck finished with 11.
But the Huskies got very little out of Stokes. And Mosqueda-Lewis -- with coach Brian Agler of the Seattle Storm, the holder of the No. 1 pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, in attendance -- was out of sorts. Much credit there has to go to the defensive work of Karlie Samuelson, but Mosqueda-Lewis didn't help herself either. After going 10-for-13 from 3-point land at UC Davis Friday night, she didn't make a field goal Monday night until 9:41 remained and finished with 12 points on 3-for-11 shooting.
"Karlie did a great job all game. She worked her butt off," Bonnie Samuelson said.
And once again Stanford challenged Jefferson to take the perimeter shot and she was 0-for-3 from behind the arc and 2-for-7 overall.
"I thought their guards were a big difference," Auriemma said. "They totally outplayed our guards at both ends of the floor. Their guards were much more aggressive in getting into the lane and creating offense for themselves."
It was UConn's first loss since falling to Notre Dame in the 2013 Big East tournament final.
The Huskies will return to Storrs Tuesday and play their home opener Sunday against Creighton at Gampel Pavilion (1 p.m., SNY).
For those scoring at home, UConn was 5-1 in games decided by five points or less when Moore was with the Huskies.