UConn’s 6-foot-5 Dolson made things tough all day for Ogwumike — who stands 6-4 — and gave her problems with a size advantage to deny Stanford’s top player and keep her away from the basket. That led to some forced shots in the first half, when Ogwumike missed 8 of her first 9 attempts. She scored at the 7:25 mark of the first half to end a nearly 6-minute scoring drought since her previous basket on a putback at 13:19.
Stanford then went 4:58 without scoring before Ogwumike’s three-point play 2:27 before halftime.
‘‘Stefanie was going to guard Chiney until she proved that she couldn't,’’ Auriemma said.
Dolson was whistled for her third foul with 17:42 left in the game, but Mikaela Ruef missed both free throws.
Walking off the court after this one ‘‘was complete opposite,’’ Dolson said.
‘‘Two years ago we lost and it ended our streak. It was just a horrible loss,’’ she recalled.
Bonnie Samuelson’s back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the second half, the Cardinal’s first from behind the arc, gave them some life. But it was short-lived as the Huskies pulled away.
This game marked Stanford’s final tuneup before the start of Pac-12 play on Friday at Colorado — and the Cardinal are picked to win a 13th consecutive conference crown. UConn, meanwhile, plays Monday afternoon at Oregon before beginning the Big East schedule at home against Notre Dame on Jan. 5.
Stanford’s 82-game home winning streak dated to a 68-61 loss to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA tournament on March 19, 2007.
This season’s Cardinal stunned defending NCAA champion and then-top-ranked Baylor and Brittney Griner on Nov. 16 to become the nation’s No. 1 team and avenge a loss in last spring’s NCAA semifinals.
The Cardinal hardly looked like the best team Saturday against the dominant Huskies. They were held below 40 points for the first time since a 72-32 loss to Missouri on Jan. 2, 1984.
Of Baylor and UConn, VanDerveer said: ‘‘They’re both great teams. We have to decide if we’re going to be a great team.’’
Stanford missed its initial 10 3-point tries and began the game 3 for 22 to fall behind 22-7.
Ogwumike’s big sister, Nnemkadi — the 2012 No. 1 overall WNBA draft pick of the Los Angeles Sparks — attended the game, along with other former Stanford players Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and Lindy La Rocque.
Stanford senior Joslyn Tinkle, the team’s second-leading scorer, managed only two points while playing on her 22nd birthday.
‘‘I just can only hope that the motivation from this kind of game will spread, will be contagious,’’ Ogwumike said. ‘‘It’s up to us.’’