Tonight's The Night?


Not for Neil Young and Bruce Berry, but maybe for Geno Auriemma and Maya Moore.

After doubling up Pacific 85-42 on Tuesday, UConn puts its record 90-game winning streak on the line against Stanford at Maples Pavilion on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. The ninth-ranked Cardinal, which trounced No. 4 Xavier 89-52 on Dec. 28, was the last team to beat the Huskies — in the national semifinals back in April 2008.

Stanford also led UConn at the half in both of their meetings last year, during the regular season at Hartford and during the NCAA title tilt, before the Huskies rallied.

Tara VanDerveer’s latest group has talent and size: 6-foot point guard Jeanette Pohlen, 6-4 center Kayla Pederson and the sisters Ogwumike. The 6-2 Nnemkadi is the reigning Pac-10 player of the year, while freshman Chiney stands 6-3 and was the nation’s top recruit.

ESPN2’s coverage of the Huskies’ 93-62 trouncing of No. 20 Florida State on Dec. 21, when they supplanted the record previously held by John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins, circa 1971-74, netted a 0.9 household average, 878,000 households and 1.17 million watchers on average.

That telecast ranks as the second-highest regular season or conference tournament women’s basketball game on ESPN networks over the last six seasons, behind Tennessee-Oklahoma on Feb. 2, 2009, when the Sooners won 80-70 and temporarily denied Tennessee coach Pat Summitt her 1000th win.

That Nielsen mark could fall tonight, along with one of the streaks — Stanford has won 51 in a row at home. UConn beware the Ogwumike.