At Maples, Christmas came early 

December, 23, 2007
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OK, whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year -- or even if you don't celebrate one at all -- let's all cheer Stanford and Tennessee for such a great, great gift Saturday night.

What more can we ask for in December than this? A packed Maples Pavilion, two of the best players we'll ever see in the college game, two legendary coaches, some in-your-face 3-pointers, a big woman who played through fatigue, some gutsy freshmen and overtime.

The Cardinal prevailed 73-69 in OT, handing Tennessee its first loss this season and the first loss in this series since … well …

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Mechelle Voepel joined ESPN.com in 1996 and covers women's college hoops, the WNBA, the LPGA, and additional collegiate sports for espnW.

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