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. bianca

    all u haters (men) jst cant handle it cause women can do what men can do !! and if i was one of your women i would slap the bs out of u!!! so stop hatin men !!!! u go uconn women great job im proud !!!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Let them play with the same rules and the same size basketball that isnt alot smaller and easier to shoot and to make, then you can talk.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      In sports, women CAN'T do what men do. Men are normally faster, stronger, taller, etc...

      December 22, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phil

    Anyone ever see the WNBA Video Game commercial? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIVDzQmhOL0

    December 22, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hoops King

    End gender discrimination. Make all college sports co-ed. Women will never be equal until they are allowed to compete directly against men. Having different teams just for women is holding these women back. Just imagine how many games these fine ladies would win if they competed directly against the men.

    December 22, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. bianca

    women have smaller hands duh there for they use a smaller ball get the hell over haters!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      then why not make the hoops smaller too? nah, then it would be too darn hard!!!!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bianca

    your right dan women cant do what men can do in sports ! cause the womendo it better lol hater hater get over it

    December 22, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Your comment is foolish. If women sports are so awesome and women do it better, how come no one watches? In fact, in college sports, when a school needs to cut athletic spending womens sports are the first to go. The WNBA, womens college basketball don't make money, they cost hoebag

      December 22, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Phil

    Bianca, then why dont they make the rims smaller too? Some women have larger hands than men do, so that has nothing to do with it.

    December 22, 2010 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. bianca

    exactly glad finally relized it! the ball dont have a dam thing to do with it !!!!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Ball size has a lot to do with it. It's small, lighter making it easier to shoot. Women in basketball aren't normal sized woman; they're big. 6'5 women don't have little hands.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. bianca

    exactly glad u finally relized it! the ball dont have a dam thing to do with it !!!!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. bianca

    for one watch your mouth your not talking to your mother!!! cause men cant handle it that women r just as good if not better then men at alot of things! its a mans world always has been always will be !!! thats why !! women r talkin control ad men hate it !!!! get over it hater

    December 22, 2010 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      No one here is afraid of some woman especially retards like yourself!

      December 22, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Apples to Oranges

      Bianca, your mama did you a great injustice lady...women aren't taking over (what would make you think that), women CAN do anything men can do...just not always the same or better. The ball size does matter, your obviously ignorant to think otherwise...go try to shoot a womens ball from 20 feet, and then pick up a mans ball and do the same. When I coach 10 year olds rec bball, we use womens balls because it's easier for the boys. A D1 women, 6 foot and taller should use the same damn ball as men if you want to be considered "Equal".

      December 22, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. bianca

    your moma didnt raise a bright happy child did she!! men r so intimated by women i mean listen to yourself u r pathetic !!! get a live hater

    December 22, 2010 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Apples to Oranges

      My mother raised me by herself. I watched her fix the car, shoot a gun, throw a baseball and a football, fix shingles on the roof...I KNOW women can do anything they want. I'm also intelligent to know that even a really talented womens bball player who can barely touch the rim can not compete with an average man who has atleast played bball at an organized level. They are not strong enough, fast enough, quick enough, tough enough. Now, if your talking about playing HORSE...I would say you may be correct. But taking a shot with a 6'5" man with a 40" vertical leaping at you is much different than shooting a shot with a 5'10" female standing in front of you with her arms up.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. bianca

    do u know how to read i didnt say women r taking over i said taking control big differents !!! men r naturally stronger duh and have smaller hands so the ball evens it out duh !!! so much hater over women i would hate to be any of yours

    December 22, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. bianca

    well praises to your mom !! ibalso do all of that and im also a martial arts teacher and fighter im a state and world champ and i also grapple men very big men at that and u know what i win so dont tell me what women cant do !!!!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • nonplayer1

      bianca, go get yerself a galfriend and settle down. Oh, but don't apply to any school to coach the girls' teams....We know what this is all about.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. coolio

    It's a streak, thats it. It's not men and women, it's a streak of 89 games.who cares who they played or how they got there, they won 89 games in a row.

    December 22, 2010 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Spence

    How about real EQUALITY, by having men and ladies play in ONE league. Then we can stop all the "women can do anything men can do" blathering.

    December 22, 2010 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Yuck

      Are you kidding? The bruthas would be nailing all the broads to the floor and shooting something else instead of hoops

      December 22, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  15. RUSH

    Ive always wanted to try balling a sistah...and not in B-ball either

    December 22, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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