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. Socorro

    Way to go Lady Huskies. Hope you win the NCAA women's national championship trophy!
    Men like Phil have an ego problem and can't face the fact that women can play b-ball too.
    Congrats to Coach Auriemma and the Huskies!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. JustSaying

    During their streak, the UCLA men played something like 18 ranked teams, while the UConn women have played approx. 31 ranked teams. Granted, there is a greater drop off on the Women's side as you move down in the rankings, but I am sure UCLA played their share of push overs. That being said, it is not really fair to compare these 2 teams. It is the 89 wins that stands out. As stated in this discussion before, 89 wins in a row is a pretty good accomplishment. 89 wins in a row in checkers would be impressive. So lets just give the Uconn Huskies their props and try not to belittle what they have done.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      You have given me my next task. 89 games won in a row in checkers... 🙂

      December 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MJB

    I do not follow womens basketball. Have tuned in a couple times but kind of boring to me. But, its good to hear that there are things going on that is fun for people and not hurting anyone else.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. carpetmunch

    No shortage of vitriol from the dickless misogynists, I see.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. 12970

    These women could probably beat that UCLA team. The women's game is much more advanced than the men's game. If the men could not dunk what's the score going to be 20-12. They play goon ball. The records do not take into account how much the game has advanced and how much better the athletes are since the record was previously set. Congrats to the women of Connecticut, you now own the longest winning streak in NCAA basketball. No one can diminish that fact.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh

      These women can't beat a good high school team!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Who Cares

    Good for you girls, you guys beat 89 crappy basketball teams, way to go.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Chief

      Who cares -

      Most of the victories were by over 30pts. About a third were against ranked teams. Learn the facts tough guy.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Huh

      Somebody has to be ranked second even if the team stinks. So who care how many ranked teams they played?

      December 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      lol, when the #1 team can't beat a high school men's team, what does that say about the rest of the 'ranked' teams if they are worse then the #1?

      December 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    What a great accomplishment for women's sports. Even a great accomplishment for sports in general. But to compare it to the UCLA streak, it's not remotely close to the same. Doesn't diminish what UCONN did one bit. Geno is a marketing w hore who is playing this up the way Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton play the race card.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. John Pollard

    Truly sad.


    December 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. chuckly

    this is like someone winning more majors in miniature golf then nicholson won in the pga and claiming the mini golfer broke the record for most majors won. It's not even worth reporting.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh


      December 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. WIll

    I bet $100 that the UConn women's team could kick the butts of any man posting here (including mine). Good work UConn!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      lol, now that would be an accomplishment. The only way to prove the team is 'that good' is to say they can beat anyone commenting on here. How bout they try to beat someone who plays the game? Nah, that would be too tough, they want the rules lightened for them so it looks like they are accomplishing something.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh

      How about we bet $5k and I'll dunk on Maya Moore? I'll play the entire team 2 on 1 each game.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chuckly

    comparing a woman's team to a man's team is like comparing a woman and a man, there's no comparison. the man will win at practically any sport out there 99 percent of the time if played by the same rules. By making the rules easier and then comparing it to men's accomplishments are a worthless comparison. So what they can shoot a smaller ball in a big hoop. IF the ball has to be smaller then the hoop should be too. can you imagine how much more scoring the men would do if the darn ball would actually fit in the hoop easily? how exactly did they come up with that anyway? A girl was shooting and shooting and said, that darn hoop is too big, make the ball smaller so we can try to look like we're accomplishing something!!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Megan


    December 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Turd Ferguson

    Congratulations, UCONN won the world's largest layup festival. Maybe they should create an environment that isn't the athletic equivalent to finger painting...then people would care.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Yuri_DK

    A small clarification to you losers who keep posting “I DON’T CARE” etc. here (some actually did it more than 10 times :), and the select few posted 20 entries each):

    If you have made a (perhaps subconscious, unregistered by your week brain) choice to leave a comment here, that means/proves that YOU DO CARE. You may hate women’s basketball, think what you want about the record, disagree with relevance of comparison etc. But you DO CARE, if you cared to express yourself. Otherwise, why bother to waste your energy?

    The choice is always there, even when you chose not to make a choice – that means you have made one.
    If this sounds too subtle for you feeble brain, just skip it, and relax. There was indeed one foolish thing one of those women that you hate some much contributed to – i.e., gave birth to a moron like you, who can’t appreciate, respect, and admire women. That was a mistake indeed.

    December 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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