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. JoeyE

    they CAN'T beat men's game period.. why.. it is GENDER difference! doh!
    modern college men's basketball is TOO difficult to make it STREAL now.. because of too many ELITES!

    December 22, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • JoeyE

      oop! STREAK!

      December 22, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. nonplayer1

    Obviously a media-generated event without the slightest statistical significance, pumped up by feminists who wouldn't know what sports were if they were surrounded by them. Congrats to the girl ball players. Everyone else, just go do something real.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maverick

    This was a tremendouos victory and they deserved to celebrate...until one of them, on camera, said "See, we proved we're better than the boys". That singular comment cast dishonor upon them because instead of it being a victory it became a gender issue. Shame to the team, and shame to the university if they allow the comment to stand.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. basketball fan

    I probably should try watching women's basketball but it so boring. Maybe if they played naked.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. CTJon

    Why do people think this is about who can beat whom? No one has ever said that the UCONN woman could beat the UCLA teams (today probably any top 25 man's team could beat those UCLA teams easily). This is about being the best in your sport for a long time. This is about not having a bad night. This is about coming to win every night.
    Playing bad teams? The UCONN woman have played and beaten more top ten teams in their streak than UCLA did in their streak. If you actually looked at woman's basketball you'd find the top teams play almost all the other top teams every year during the season (exception is that Tenn won't schedule UCONN anymore).
    Get over it guys this is a great team and has accomplished a lot. Yes they couldn't beat a man's Division I team but no one ever said they could.
    IT was a great game last night the place was really jumping with energy.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Truth Hurts

    Only thing I took away from the game was that Connecticut does have one very cute player. The rest.....not so much.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. RufusVonDufus

    Good for them, now enough already!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Birdsnest

    The Wayland Baptist Flying Queens hold the record of most consecutive wins at 131 consecutive victories. It was the 50's before the NCAA recognized womens sports.

    Also, all you morons arguing that 88 wins isn't an achievement for these young ladies need to crawl/knuckle drag your way back to your caves. (Didn't know they had internet access in most neanderthal communities...)

    Congrats UConn women. Only 43 more to go to equal the Wayland Baptist College record.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. hohotai

    What's with all of these insecure guys? There is a lot of ability difference in the world. Suppose one of these macho jerks has a kid who plays basketball in high school and wins the state championship. Would the guy dis his kid and say "Well, this doesn't really count for much. Now if your team beats the Lakers then that would be something that mattered." No, life isn't like that. For that matter, the UCLA record wouldn't count for much either because UCLA didn't take on the NBA champs. Guys, get over yourselves and respect people for what they accomplish. These women deserve respect. How many games have YOU won? How many records have YOU set? Did you value your accomplishments?

    December 22, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • JTI

      Perfect! Congrats UConn!

      December 22, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. brown

    Them some nappy headed hos!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • LB

      Imus has done more for womens basketball than UConn could ever hope to.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. Yes please

    women have smaller brain than men!

    its a size of a squirrels brain!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. JTI

    Just because you morons don't think it's significant, doesn't really mean anything. They have a record breaking winning streak, and all people want to do is diminish that feeling of pride and excitement they have. It is a wonderful thing to be part of such a team, and for a group of women to break a men's record. If your daughter or sister was on that team, I would hope to god that you felt pride, and the first thing you said when they got in the car to go home wasn't "well, good job, but not compared to men." You are all very sad. A true sports fan would see value in these athletes, rather than an opportunity to discourage an entire gender. But, whether you all like it or not, whether you respect them or not, they did it, and that is more than any of you can say for yourselves.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lanoom

    Congratulations to the girls Nothing anybody thinks, says, or tries to use this story for will change the fact that they are the record-holders and worked for that accomplishment.

    Fanatical feminists and oh-so-clever misogynists can both go take a long walk off a short pier.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. JK

    It's impressive, regardless. To win 89 in a row at anything is impressive. Would they win 89 against other men's college teams (or as the pundits have pointed out, high school teams)? Probably not. I'm sure they'd agree. But the junk about separate records and different sized balls and layups vs. dunks is just that, junk. The record isn't "Number of consecutive wins played with a ball with a diatmeter of no less than X inches with a minimum of X number of dunks", it's number of consecutive wins. And someday it will be broken again.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Don Imus

    Who cares about a bunch of nappy-headed hoes?

    December 22, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
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