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Friday, December 28, 2012
Against UConn, who wants it most?

By Chiney Ogwumike

Chiney Ogwumike
When the teams last met, Chiney Ogwumike and Stanford ended UConn's 90-game win streak.

Happy holidays and Happy New Year! I had a wonderful Christmas, and it started in Tennessee. As I exited the elevator and headed toward the lobby to get on the bus for the game, I noticed a bunch of people crowded by the doors: It was my family! My parents and sisters drove all night from Texas to surprise me and support our team against Tennessee!

Tara VanDerveer and Geno Auriemma
When Tara VanDerveer and Geno Auriemma next shake hands, the No. 1 ranking will be on the line.

Winning in Thompson-Boling Arena is a very difficult thing to do, especially with coach Pat Summitt rallying the crowd ... but we did it! I am so proud of how far our team has come and how we respond to the challenges presented to us.

It was refreshing to be home in Cypress, Texas, for a few days and recharge for the rest of the season. I got some great presents, but the best gift of all can come soon ...

I cannot believe we have one nonconference game left! And it's the biggest game yet: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 Connecticut. Last time, in Maples, the atmosphere was electric and we ended UConn's 90-game winning streak! We know this time we have a huge target on our back and will get the Huskies' A-game.

But again, I say: "Fear None." The first mistake you can make is expecting to win; I will urge our team to work to win. It is going to come down to who wants it most. And I sure as heck want this bad.

I'm all-in. Let's go, Stanny!