Stanford ends UConn's record winning streak
December 30th, 2010
11:10 PM ET

Stanford ends UConn's record winning streak

The record winning streak of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team is over, ended by the school that was the last to beat it more than two years ago.

Stanford beat the top-ranked Huskies 71-59 on Thursday night in Palo Alto, California, halting UConn's winning streak at 90 games, the longest in NCAA Division I basketball history.

The loss comes just nine days after UConn, picking up its 89th consecutive win in a game against Florida State, surpassed the men's Division I streak of 88 set by coach John Wooden's UCLA teams from 1971 to 1974.

Jeanette Pohlen led the Cardinal (9-2) with 31 points.  This season's record for two-time defending national champion UConn fell to 12-1.

"Congratulations to Connecticut for an awesome streak, and they gave us a great game," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer (pictured) told ESPN. "Our team believed, our team came out and worked very hard."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma, when asked after the game what it would take to put together a similar streak in college basketball, told ESPN: "You’ve got to have good players, you’ve got to get lucky, and all your best players have to play great every night, and we didn’t get that tonight. And … the other team has to have something to do with it. ... They made us play bad, and they played well, so they deserve to win."

Just minutes after the game, Stanford's athletics website was linking to a site selling a T-shirt celebrating the victory. The T-shirt reads, in part: "All good things must come to an end."

UConn had moved the streak to 90 games on Tuesday with an 85-42 win over Pacific.

Stanford had been the last to defeat UConn, beating the Huskies in the Final Four in April 2008. UConn beat Stanford in last season's NCAA tournament championship game, 53-47.

The streak came years after UConn already had established itself as a top women's program. Of the 10 longest winning streaks in Division I women's basketball, the Huskies hold four, including the previous longest (70, from 2001 to 2003).

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  1. marinomanx13

    whoa. Great run, Huskies!

    December 30, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Duck

    GO PAC 12!

    December 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. nice

    awesome

    December 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. nice

    maybe andrew luck was there watching

    December 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Candid One

      In spirit, but the football team's currently in Florida for the Orange Bowl.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. ka

    ok let the women basketball bashing begin (like last time). Mind my words marinomanx13.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Candid One

      The CNN comments allow for such OT entries to disappear.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Janet

    UConn womens team can now devote their time to shaving their arm pits.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jim armstrong

      please shave yours janet, they are waiting for your leadership in such matters, oh yeah and take a bath, this time with soap, you smell like the tuna fleet just came into port, sheesh.

      December 31, 2010 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Street

    Who Cares?

    December 30, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jack

      why do you care?

      December 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • derbarkasmann

      Stupid question. People who enjoy the sport care.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • boogaboogachooga

      exactly..is this worth a freakin breaking news alert??
      wheres the real news?

      December 31, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Really...is bandwidth a problem for you? Might try cable or DSL for better speeds. Otherwise, the only way this story should inconvenience you in the very least is if you actually take the time to click on a link to the article, go to the comments section, type a post. A rather contradictory and dumb thing to do for someone that proclaims they don't care. Perhaps the single most moronic and contradictory things a person can do is waste the time and energy to post that they don't care about a topic. Dumb on so many levels.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • smr5634

      Steve, well said. That was funny.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. C-Man

    Great run by UCONN, congrats to Stanford's women on a great history making win.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. planet2010

    It's girls basketball...get real.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Candid One

      Bingo! You are sooooooo observant! That's perzactly what this is about! Great game!

      December 31, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    ITS ABOUT TIME!?

    December 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Phil

    Is this really front page worthy? Who cares. No one watches that.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jared

    Lol, women's sports.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. name

    great job UCONN!!! 90 wins is something to be proud of!

    December 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. -

    Wait so womens basketball is actually break news?
    I don't even consider Mens basketball break news.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Cu-ntBlaster

    It's not official til Don Imus comments on it.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
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