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. Emilio

    UCONN men vs. UCONN women who wins?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    Outside of the fans of UConn, who cares?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jangocat

    It's more a testament to the lack of parity in their league then an accomplishment. And sorry, but this isn't going to get as much attention as the men's because people just don't care about woman's basketball. The WNBA wouldn't even exist if it wasn't subsidized by the men.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Exactly! Didn't the NBA cut a few WNBA teams a few years back?

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

      Even those who "don't like it" are on here commenting! So it's got everybody's attention thanks to ESPN!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AfroD

    Women's bball is so sloppy to watch it's sad, so many busted fast breaks and missed layups, and they wonder why they can't draw.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emilio

    Joe...If you live in CT a lot of women fans say they can beat the mens team. You gotta live here it's crazy...The women's fans are crazy. When it come to the school in general we root for our state team, but we live with these arguments every day. All of you have to listen to this crazy for just a little while longer over here it just keeps coming.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Who's ball would they use in the game? If they go to the men's ball (which is larger) I'm guessing those shooting percentages go WAY down for the women. Anyone who thinks the UConn women can beat the UConn men is just a complete idiot.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jon

    Women play basketball ???

    December 21, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • NewsOrGossip

      Sir, Put your Crack Pipe Down... Hands Up, put them on top of your head and walk backwards AWAY from the Crack house!

      December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      I guess you don't know what sarcasm is you fool

      December 21, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tim

    google the michigan womens basketball coach tirade last year before complaining about this record. Womens basketball does matter! at least to him. BAM! i am so frustrated, frustrated, we cant box out, we cant play defense, BAM, i am so frustrated. Coach from Connecticut please help Mr. Michigan out with your team they need help. There girls basketball does matter. BAM now i am frustrated.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jack

    UCon women. now i have to keep an eye on them. thanks a lot cnn.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Claudia

    Interesting the differences between the mens' comments and the womens'. Nobody is saying this team could beat a man's team; it's still a remarkable accomplishment. None of you macaroons would even be here if your female mothers hadn't borne the pain of bringing you into this world. Go ask your fathers to do that. My point is the genders will never be the same, and you should be damn glad of it. As for UConn, you go girls.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Faisal

      why should we be glad? i honestly have not found one thing a woman has not done that a man has done and vice versa. i'm a male. have you heard about the man that gave birth to a child? or the woman who tried to procreate with another woman? in other words, your post either shows your ignorance or exposes hatred and spite on your part toward ... God and mother nature

      December 21, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      @fairsal i wonder why a muslim would post on the american blog... too much persecution in your country?

      December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I wouldn't be here if my daddy didn't bust.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Faisal

    Women that play basketball is a disgusting thing, why can't they just clean the dishes and feed the children like they are supposed to? why must they try to be men? lol. a woman should set an example to men, not try to be them. men are stupid enough as it is, a stupid women is the downfall of society

    December 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chuckly

    won't be long now before these 'record breakers' are in the kitchen for good anyway. Where are they gonna go after college?

    December 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Just as exciting as watching women parallel park.Takes them 80 tries and they still can't get it right.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    It's a man's world.Always will be.Do you think a woman could split the atom? Design a micro chip?.Break the sound barrier? Women can't even parallel park.C'mon get with it.

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

      to be fair, a woman gave birth to all those men who did those things. so.. you kind of lose your point there, but you probably are a stupid imbecile

      December 21, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      and who do you think impregnated those women? That's right, the 'mother's' you are talking about were in the bedroom, not on the basketball court.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ka

      and that's why the guys have a higher insurance rate because they are sooo good driving their car

      December 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chuckly

    there's only one thing a woman is good for, and it isn't basketball

    December 21, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZIPPY

    Men who waste their time posting their ignorant comments on this article are insecure, mama's boys that have failed in their manhood. They would rather hang out with other men and exchange emails and comments berating women that they can't get because women see their Neanderthal pea brain roll out of their ears constantly and have a hard time around those guys beer bellies. They occasionally get "lucky" if they pay for it, but it gets expensive on their fast food paycheck. Mom sometimes visits them down in the basement with a slice of pie and some leftovers from dinner but she's really aggravated that their son is late on the rent again because he had to buy a signed baseball to stuff under his pillow to sleep at night. Yada, yada, yada, you get the picture. Get a life losers and quit being so insecure.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 240Robert

    What is really sad about the comments made on this story is none of you can just say–hey great, for their category they hold a great winning streak–congratulations!! Can't people just be happy for something good happening to someone else rather than be so negative? Womens bb is not mainstream and is not as popular as mens bb. But does that mean for them and the fans they do have that the accomplishment is any less just because it wasn't a mens team or UCLA? Give 'em a break people and just give them props for kicking ass in their category. I have seen some of the ladies, and I can bet that even the biggest bragger on this blog would probably drag ass trying to keep up.

    December 21, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      that would be fine and dandy if the press wasn't making it out to be the biggest thing to ever happen in 'basketball' instead of 'women's basketball'. There's a mighty big difference and the press isn't pointing that out. That is what we are here for.

      December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      Rob:
      They broke the womens record (there own by the way) last year @ 71. Why are we making a big deal over passing the mens number. They don't play men. As far as i'm concerned they are 19 wins past the previous record. Do we compare the North Carlina Womens Soccer record of 92 in a row against a mens record. or anty other record by the way. Do we ignore a womens 100m records vs. the 100m mens. Why didn't ESPN and every other sports media outlet make a big deal over win number 71 which was the new record.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
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