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Julie Jacobson, Associated Press
Baylor guard Odyssey Sims (0) works against Stanford during the first half in the NCAA women's Final Four semifinal college basketball game, in Denver, Sunday, April 1, 2012.

DENVER — In the end, Brittney Griner and undefeated Baylor proved to be too tall a task for surging Stanford.

So once again, the Cardinal will head home without that elusive national title.

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Stanford just can't seem to get over the hump, losing to the Lady Bears 59-47 on Sunday night in the NCAA semifinals. This was the Cardinal's fifth straight trip to the Final Four and they have yet to cut down the nets in two decades.

Stanford was on a roll, too, reeling off a school-record 32 consecutive wins. The Cardinal's only loss this season came at Connecticut in early November.

And yet few gave Stanford (35-2) much of a chance to win against favored Baylor (39-0), which will face Notre Dame for the championship on Tuesday night.