UConn women get Division I record 89th straight win
December 21st, 2010
09:05 PM ET

UConn women get Division I record 89th straight win

You can argue whether streaks from teams nearly 40 years and a gender apart should be compared. What's not in dispute is that the University of Connecticut women now have the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I basketball history.

UConn won its 89th consecutive game Tuesday, beating Florida State 93-62 in Hartford's XL Center and surpassing the men’s Division I streak of 88 set by coach John Wooden's UCLA teams from 1971 to 1974.

Senior forward Maya Moore scored 41 points - 26 of them in the first half - for the top-ranked Huskies (11-0).

After the game, UConn coach Geno Auriemma told ESPN that it wouldn't be fair to compare the Huskies' and UCLA's streaks.

"I don't want to compare anything to anything, and I don't want my team to compare themselves to anybody else. This stands on its own," Auriemma said. "What John Wooden and UCLA did will never, ever be repeated, and that's not what we set out to do.

"I'm not John Wooden, and this isn’t UCLA. This is Connecticut, and for us, that’s good enough."

The Huskies' historic streak started with the first game of the 2008-09 season, with UConn having lost to Stanford in the previous season's Final Four.

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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Earlier this week, after UConn tied UCLA's Division I record with a victory Sunday over Ohio State, Auriemma took issue with the media's motives for paying attention to his team, saying there wouldn't be as many people covering the club if it were chasing a women's record, and that people were "up in arms about" the possibility that women could break a men's record.

After Tuesday's game, Auriemma saluted his senior and junior stars for playing throughout the streak.

"Mostly what I'm going to remember about tonight is that - forget about all the other stuff you may have heard or whatever else has been going on - tonight really more than anything for me was about Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes and the fact that they've been through all 89 of these."

This season, only Baylor has finished a game within single digits of the two-time defending national champions (UConn beat Baylor 65-64 on November 16).

SI.com's Richard Deitsch says Maya "the face of The Streak" delivered a "signature performance" as usual.

"The ethereal 6-foot senior forward finished with a career-high 41 points on 15 of 24 shooting from the field," Deitsch wrote. "If Moore leads UConn (11-0) to a third consecutive championship this April in Indianapolis, there will be no argument that she'll go down as the greatest player in women's college basketball history."

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  1. charles

    apples to oranges with ucla

    December 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Seems Don Imus got off easy with what he said. Too bad all the people here posting their counterfactual conditionals can't be tracked down and trotted out in front of the media to answer for their comments.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jennard

      glad all this is getting a footnote, its all they deserve.

      Have you seen women's college basketball teams play

      There are 16 year old kids in highschool who play better than 3/4ths of them, at least their games are entertaining to watch there's a reason why ESPN shows the world series of poker or runs other shows and only shows highlights on womens games (unless you go out of your way to purchase extra channels) yes more people find watching others play poker more entertaining than these girls play "basketball".

      Grats on the record but no one except their coach parents and girlfriends care..coincidentally that's also the only people who show up to watch these games.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dan

    Just goes to show you women basketball is bs! Can anyone imagine if a modern era college men's team won 89 games in a row? Probably not because it would never happen!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • joand

      Guess you missed the part of the story where Wooden's grandson said his father loved collegiate basketball and the best ball of all was not played by men, it was played by women. In fact, since the men's game has grown into 'me-fests' showcasing individuals instead of group play, it falls to the women to play the most pure strain of technical basketball. Wooden knew it.
      Don't be a hater.

      December 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • BuckShot

      you are not only an a**hole, but an idiot as well. Roll Tide!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      That's most likely only because those boys go to school for 2 years and then leave for the pros. No coach can keep a roster for four years. If they dare stay in school for 4 years there are talented teams that could probably make a run for 89.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Dan is right. This speaks more of the poor condition women's college basketball is in today. Look at the record another way: No other team in NCAA is able to beat this team. It means the leauge is not developing. Would you like an NBA season where one team dominated it from start to finish and the rest of the teams were scrubs?

      December 21, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      You seem not to know that the record they just broke WAS a men's basketball record in the modern era. So to answer your question: Yes, I can indeed imagine a modern era college men's team winning that many games. That, BTW, also disproves your last sentence about such a streak in men's college basketball never happening. Last but not least, by your own logic that must make men's basketball an apt recipient of the the same crude term you threw at women's basket ball in your first sentence.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoops King

      joand, It just goes to show that poor Coach Wooden got senile in his old age.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nathan

    I am willing to bet that you, Dan and Charles, cannot beat those women. Man or woman that is an incredible accomplishment and those women should be congratulated for what they accomplished.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles

      actually i played division 1 ball so i think i would be okay there nathan..i just think they are 2 different records both have there place.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      Here we go, another "man" trying to practice "placism"...in your place! Think with the other head! I don't see you playing for the Lakers or some other Pro Team...which means you don't have skill! Who cares what you think....Where's Kobe Bryant's comment? Where's Michael Jordan's comment? That would mean something!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blah

      OooeeeOOOO you here that? He played division 1 ! I am so impressed.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • charles

      very classy NewsOrGossip.i stopped playing because i have cancer. not because i was cut or anything like that and my play is not the point..by saying place i was not saying so as some man trip. men and womens ball is just different...down to the very basketball they play with. uconn has the best women's bball program out there and i am impressed with what they do..i just think it is 2 records

      December 21, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    Nathan,

    I played college ball and I would beat every woman on that team. GTFO!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Acaraho

      You couldn't beat Maya Moore one on one. I'd bet my life savings on that.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lucky

    NOT!!!! HAHA since when are woman in the same league of greatness as UCLA mens team? Lets see how long they would last if they played with the big boys......

    December 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fan

      Yes, men and women are of different levels physically. That's why there are two different sides in every sport. I don't see how that makes their achievement any less remarkable. Men play against men and women against women. Success is success either way. There is talent on both sides and neither players have a walk in the park to dominate, evidenced by the margins of victory in some of the games for both records. Give credit where credit is due. I don't see the relevancy of your basketball prowess to their greatness... Congratulations, you are built differently physically, and thus have a chance to beat a female at basketball? A doubt still lingers, however, being that many of these women are in top shape/condition. (See Maya Moore and her physical presence.)

      Also, I didn't know dunking was the point of basketball. I, for one, appreciate skill, technique, team unity oon the court, flow, defensive and offensive threats. That's the beauty of the game. Dunks are exciting, especially those done by men. Fewer women can dunk, true. Neither is the core element of either game though.

      In regards to the missed layups/dunks/etc. The mens and womens college/professional basketball I have watched over time, in the past week even, is proof that these errors are not unique to either side. It's embarrassing both ways and both men and women commit them.

      Just respect.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fan

      THanks for the clarification Emilio. It was honestly aquestion for my personal education. "Stupidity" might be a stretch. Relax. I mean obviously they have their gender specific records and each are heralded. Regardless, the world recognizes the fastest human time combined in addition. There was definitely attention made when they hit the first record and surpassed it. Now more attention is being given as they have surpassed another record men/women. A win is a win is a win. A number is a number is a number. 89 > 88 forever. Recognize that first. Then commentary can be made about men/women etc. Yes, its different but it still stands and equals in importance, or should. With recognition that it is womens basketball and the other record is mens, of course. Why not compare it to UCLA? Sure they are different records for different levels but there are a number of underlying similarities in meaning, etc. Regardless UCLA still stands as the example and record for mens basketball as UConn for womens. In numbers, UConn has just garnered the overall highest number.

      I think they are a gold standard of basketball...period. Just like the UCLA mens team. Both of their skills/tactics can and should be shared, appreciated, and replicated to an extent by both men and women.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      Fan:

      If it's a numbers were talkin about then the UNC number is greater, The PENN State Womens Vollyball @ 109 is greater, and there's a male College wrestler who's name escapes me who won 159 straight. what number do you want to compare. But for some strange reason you and a lot of other people want to couple these 2 specific records because there the same sport. Are we tatlkin excellence or "hey look we beat a Mens Team record", sounds to me like the later, and the media is wrong for comparing the 2. It's funny Dick Vitale he speaks of it like it should be spoken of "The greatest Womens Basketball Team Ever" He doesn't say greatest basketball team ever. Another Quote from a women Hall Of Famer

      "To play a men's team would not be fair," hall of famer Nancy Lieberman said. "They might be able to play with a Division II or III team because [the pace] could be a tad slower. But when the pace of the game goes up, you need to match it for 40 minutes. No way."

      That is a Hall Of Fame Womens Player...by the way she tried out with a NBA team, she was that good in her day. But no where near the level needed to play with the professional men.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nathan

    Yeah. Okay. You must not have been that good or you would not be sitting in front of your computer dissing these women.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      So I'm not good at basketball because I post comments online? How stupid are you? How old are?

      December 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    Who cares about womens basketball?

    December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terry - Indiana

    So, I guess we need to see UConn Women play UCLA Men for the ultimate bragging rights.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    Wrong. UCONN Broke the womens record over 30 games ago. You cant compare the two. If I write a # on a piece of paper 90 times, does that mean I broke "Uconns" record? No, because its 2 different thing. The women even use SMALLER BALLS, they dont even use the same equipment as the mens.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anatomy Check

      Correction: Women don't use smaller balls. Last I checked, they had no balls whatsoever, (Or, at least, they are SUPPOSED to have no balls.)

      December 21, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chuckly

    LOL, women's basketball? Like who cares?

    December 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. boo...

    Women's basketball doesn't count until they start playing with a regular sized ball.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Can You Play

    To all the haters. Why don't you put a team together and let these women mop up the court with you.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David

    No offense to Uconn women's basketball team, which congrats btw, but how is this "breaking news" ???? ITs a great feat but still.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      it's breaking news because THAT JUST HAPPENED!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chuckly

    look at it this way...
    sure they won all those in a row but......
    they only had to beat other women to do it, so BIG DEAL!!!

    December 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • R

      Yes, let's DO look at it that way. So to use YOUR OWN logic this must be true:
      Sure the UCLA men's team won all those games in a row but......
      they only had to beat other men to do it, so BIG DEAL!!!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nathan

    It is a Division I record. PERIOD. Stop all the chauvinist bravado and just congratulate the women.

    December 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
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