Card Clicks, 1/14: Cal snaps Stanford's 81-game Pac-12 win streak

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For the first time in four years, the Stanford women's basketball team couldn't win a conference game

The big news of the weekend is that Tara VanDerveer's squad was thoroughly beaten by the No. 7 Cal Bears on Sunday, snapping the No. 5 Cardinal's 81-game Pac-12 win streak with a 67-55 win. To make it even worse, the loss came at Maples Pavilion.

Cal has come very close to knocking off the Cardinal over the last few years - it seemed that they or UCLA would be the first to push the Card off its perch - and I hope this brings about a new, more competitive era in the Pac-12. Sure, this Cardinal team isn't as good as ones of years past (Candice Wiggins, Jayne Appel, Nneka Ogwumike), but it would be nice to see the conference be more competitive for years to come.

The football team picked up a big win in the recruiting game, scoring a verbal commitment from Austin Hooper, a defensive end/tight end that's ranked as one of the top 300 players in the country. Hooper, a product of the legendary De La Salle high school, will probably figure into the mix at tight end in the future, seeing as he's 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds already.

Stop me if you've heard this one before: the men's basketball team lost to Washington, 65-60, even though it had a chance to pull off the win down the final stretch. The Huskies' C.J. Wilcox scored 27 on Saturday, including two late threes to give Washington the win. For whatever reason, close losses like this one have characterized many games throughout the Dawkins era.

In good news, though, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton nailed a half-court shot at halftime:

Around the SB Nation network, the Bears and 49ers blogs both talked about Zach Ertz as a potential pick on draft day. Read Windy City Gridiron's take on Ertz right here, and read Niners Nation's look at the big fella right here.

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