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. aeag

    Seriously, who cares about women's basketball? Chicks in sport is just not interesting unless it's cheerleaders or oil wrestling.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SpecialAgentOso

      Picture your mom oil wrestling. Still interested?

      December 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Not even the longest winning streak in NCAA women's sports, which by the way was set earlier this year by the PSU Women's Volleyball team. No one made a huge deal about that... You know why? because no one watches Women's Volleyball. Just like no one really cares about women's basketball. Just like no one cares that Cael Sanderson went 159-0 in his career in men's wrestling, because no one watches men's wrestling. Nothing to do with gender, it's just not someone the masses care to watch. Still a great accomplishment though, but not many care because they aren't invested in it like the more popular sports.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • South Side

      Cael Sanderson was a BEAST! But the only reason I know that is because I wrestled. You're spot on when you say that no one cares because no one watches it. Woman's Basketball? Really? Who the heck has that much time to kill that they'd sit there and watch women play Basketball!?!?!

      December 21, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      South Side,

      Yes he was! And as a Penn Stater I'm very glad to have him as the coach of our team!

      December 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yuri_DK

    Salute to UCONN women for their remarkable achievement!!! Period.

    Well, as for some of you man out here who say you can beat those women… Until you actually do it, it’s just a hypothetical puff in the air. So, claiming that you CAN before you actually DO IT is NOT MANLY (besides being a blatant lie).

    Why don’t you go, put together a team, and actually play with them. Then we’ll all be leaving comments on how great you are … or how ridiculous.

    Or, the other possible perspective: men who leave unfavorable comments here must have an inferiority complex, i.e., they are just losers, nothing more.

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

      here you go Yuri from a great women pro...if you even know who she is....she is talkin about the UCONN women vs. Men. This is a quote.
      "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."

      There are over 350 Div 1 teams......A DIV III mens team are a bunch of short overwieght white kids and if they were the best DIV III mens team, and we take Ms. Liebermans word they would have a different time at winning that game.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. South Side

    Let's not forget, they played a bunch of girls.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emilio

    Fan....That record wasn't this year "just as there is room for the Huskies to stand alongside Anson Dorrance's North Carolina women's soccer program and the 92 consecutive games the Tar Heels won between 1990 and 1999." Graham Hay column in ESPN get you facts....Dont be stupid the point i'm making is the Fastest women is the fastest women you don't compare a womens record to the men's they each have there own records. I say it again why wasn't there any attention made to win #71...that was the new mark set for Womens BB, why compare it to UCLA...I dont compare it to UNC Soccer...By the way I live in CT and a big UCONN fan...I'm always very happy when they win...These women are dominate in there sport...Womens College Basketball...period. They are the GOLD Standard of WOMEN's BASKETBALL...period.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chuckly

    and it's a good thing women's and men's records are kept separably, otherwise any women's records anywhere would be few and far between.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Internet


    Who cares. That's the problem with America. We relish sports records and not academic ones.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Academic records? Like what? Highest GPA ever? What are you talking about? I think you are confusing "achievements" with "records"

      December 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. UConn

    "UConn women get Division I record 89th straight win"

    And their fan went wild.

    No, I didn't mistype.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. squirting organ

    So....let me get this straight....women play basketball?

    December 21, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Emilio

    "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."

    there are over 350 Div 1 mens basketball teams and she's talkin maybe DIV II or DIV III you know what DIV III basketball is. That's a bunch of overwieght short white kids with exspensive equipments on to try and look good. and Lets be selective about which DIV III team were talkin about. I don't think they would beat the DIV III champions.

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

      This team would not beat any Div. II or Div. III mens teams.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Justo, see you tomorrow

      December 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • EuphioTGank

      I find your racist statement offensive, but your gender slant was right on. i doubt this women's team could beat any men's team regardless of their division or racial make up.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. squirting organ

    Do they realize i have beaten my little brother at basketball over 400 times.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      and there's no news story about that? You should be the record holder....

      December 21, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I'm sure you're 19 years old and he's around 11. Same age? The boy wins 10 times out of 10 times.

      December 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emilio

      an 18 year old girl better beat her 5 year old brother...

      December 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Is this girls go for bad or girls go for bad on steroids...guys does it but girls does it better...

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

    Those women work as hard as the men do playing basketball.Is it as spectecular as the men , no but that doesn't diminish their accomplishments.Congrats.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hoops King

      If these ladies are so great then let them play against the men. I'm all for equality and separate but equal is NOT equal. There is not way women will be equal until they compete directly against men. Oh, but women are smaller, weaker and slower? Well, then I guess they aren't equal, are they?

      December 22, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      as spectacular as the men? You CLEARLY do not watch either. Womens basketball is BORING and not exciting in the slighest.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      You clearly have a reading comprehension problem because the comment specifically says it is not as spectacular as the men's record

      December 22, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • NotEvenClose

      Even the best women's college basketball team would have their hands full with a talented high school boys basketball team.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • johnny orlando

      Yeah, they're great...now tell them to go back to the kitchen and make me a sandwhich

      December 22, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Fan

    Thanks Mike for the clarification.

    @UConn hilarious joke! You thought that was truly clever when you noticed right? Great job. Quality input.

    Just to set the record straight (no pun intended) 16,294 seemed to go wild at the XL center. And obviously a few more beyond that.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. squirting organ

    Do i get some kinda prize?

    So do they show these games on tv and everything? Hmmm...cant say i have ever seen one...are they on pbs or something?

    December 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaykow

      LOL! actually, yes. they can be viewed on CPTV (Connecticut Public Television). If you don't live in CT, then I guess you are SOL. 🙂

      December 22, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. 4Mom25

    John, you must have never played one-on-one with a REAL female basketball player. I beat most of the guys in my high school before going on to play at the collegiate level. But what I really want to know is, could they please replace the Cleveland Cavaliers?

    December 21, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      So what you are saying is that you were just a little better than your average boys high school player but able to play women's collegiate level basketball? Doesn't say much about women's collegiate basketball.

      December 22, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      The UConn womens team could beat your average high school boys team but any above average team would mop the floor with them. How is UConn gonna stop a dunk? Womens basketball is played below the rim and Mens basketball is played over, under and around the rim. Also if Men played with a womens ball the shooting percentages would be through the roof since the ball is much smaller. It's an extremely impressive streak, equally impressive as UCLA's streak but don't try to say they can beat men's teams because there's absolutely no way

      December 22, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
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