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. chuckly

    Here is what is really unfair.
    For men to hold records, they have to beat the BEST of the BEST.
    For women to hold a record, they only have to beat the BEST of the WORST.
    and then they expect to be put on the same pedistool as the men are on when they are recognized.

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

      Yeah, because every team that UCLA beat in 76-77 had previously been unbeaten in the history of their programs. Every team UCLA played during those seasons was ranked number 1 in college basketball polls. Every team UCLA beat back then had NBA quality men playing every single position.

      You know what is most humorous? You men making these comments in here don't know John Wooden or any of the players from those teams, I'm willing to bet. You are all average Joe Schmo with an opinion which you confuse for fact. You are, in a word, pathetic.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • big lipped jolie

      big ol' lips on #3....

      December 22, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • kat420365

      @chuckly- 'The women just have to beat the best of the worst'?!?!? What is that crap suppose to mean? Athletic ability isn't just defined by being able to dunk a freaking basketball dude! Most women athletes play a more technical game than men. Speed and strength are important, but you also have to play mentally and run effective plays, take the best shots. The comment you made was really ignorant in my opinion but you have the right to it. Plus, I bet these women would out hoop you and your boys in your best shape, your house, your rules on their WORST day!!! And you know it!!

      December 22, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      @kat420365, UCONN = Boys JV High School team.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • R

      Oh Chuckly, I have shown you the fallacy of your logic before. It is as truly nonsensical in this recent version as it was earlier. Please ask someone to explain to you the whole concept of 'comparing apples to oranges', and also to help you understand all the clear ramifications that concept has on this subject. (BTW: Pedistool? Really? LOL!)

      December 22, 2010 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda747

      What's a pedistool?

      December 22, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • chuckly = chuckleheaded

      chuckly: "and then they expect to be put on the same pedistool as the men are on when they are recognized."

      "Pedistool"? Looks like someone went to college on an athletic scholarship for men's basketball (somewhere other than Duke or Carolina)!

      December 22, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. squirting organ

    You probably broke a record...or the toilet

    December 21, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beebles

    Its still a record for their sport, however almost if not every division 1 men team would beat them 19 out 20 time still a nice streak regardless.

    December 21, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomcat

      Try 20 out of 20. And not a single game would be close.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. WhoTheFCares

    haha womens basketball......sweet seeing them put up all those LAY UPS..haha what a joke

    December 21, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linkspast

      You're such a phag.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kaldan

      You apparently care enough to respond with an ignorant, uninformed comment, that oh by the way, added absolutely nothing to the collective discussion. Except to make the rest of cringe in embarrassment that you are part of our country.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. squirting organ

    I like all the really feminine guys who come to there rescue there like....." oh all u guys know these are brave women..and there so beautiful in there own way....u guys are losers for not recognizing how empowered they are".

    Then they get trampled by the special olympics team 108 – 30

    December 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • joand

      Squirt, you're right. They'd probably lose horribly to blind seven year old kids with prosthetic hands. Our only consolation is that every single one of these ladies could beat the snot out of you.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. rachel

    And coming from a former decorated female bball player, I have played plenty of guys 1-on-1 and won. Maya Moore can take on Kobe Bryant. Jus sayin..

    December 22, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Maya Moore can take on Kobe Bryant? Please send me some of what you're smoking!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay G

      Rachel, pass me some of what you've been smoking!

      lol. Maya Moore would get schooled by any good college player.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Cocaine is a hell of a drug girl.....Gotta ease up...your starting to hallucinate things.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil


      December 22, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Yea, she probably could if she didn't like women better!

      December 22, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. squirting organ

    when u say decorated..do mean like a christmas tree?

    December 22, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    This is like comparing todays pros against the legends. Are they good? Heck yeah. How much time did The Babe spend with a strength coach? He spent more time drinking, smoking and chasing women. Seinfeld said it best. He looked like a girl with tiny legs when he ran! And football, a classic for the ages from a punter. The field is too hard. Tell that to Ditka or LT. Bunch of babies. While we are at it throw in the steroids and mega salaries. Bring back the real athletes, not some hyped up pretty boys. So in turn, apples and oranges. Still a great job by the team. And who cares if it is men or women. It is a little word......pride.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. squirting organ

    Thats an accomplishment to play with tinsel, and xmas balls hanging all over. Must have set some kinda record...let me check.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. squirting organ

    Your a little outta line there tomcat...take it down a few notches.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Neal

    Way to go UCONN ladies! Awesome!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yuri_DK

    squirting organ, chuckly, Emilio - need two more of you pathetic losers to make a team and play, say, 10-20 min against UConn, or until, say, you are down by 40 – whichever comes first. I think ESPN may sponsor it. and even show highlights.

    And if you happen to win – I'll say it first that "man's ball is superior ... man are (on average) bigger, stronger, taller, etc.". But if you happen to loose, you'll be flashing that toilet with your tears and you'll have to get the "loser for life" tatooed on your forehead.

    wanna bet?

    December 22, 2010 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Hey Yuri_DK

      Your bet offer is stupid! No question about it – Men's basketball IS superior to women's basketball.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Apples to Oranges

      For God's sake Yuri, you said it yourself...bigger stronger faster. If two D1 mens basketball teams face up, one is Kansas, or Texas, Duke, Syracuse, etc...and the other is ELon...who the hell is gonna win? The bigger, stronger, faster athletes. I don't care how good UCONN girls can shoot, if they get to the lane and "Lay it up" against me or another average mens bball player, it's gonna get swated. PERIOD. For the record, I have in fact played 1-1 with two D1 girls. I never played college bball, but they gave me less of a challenge than an average afternoon at the local REC gym.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. tomcat

    @squirt...The truth kinda sucks. Deal with it. Show me what I said was wrong.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • geoff

      Your first problem is assuming punters are football players

      December 22, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    This is a non-story. Garbage. Period. I mean, we're talking women here. Assemble the best women basketball players of all-time, stick 'em on the same team - then let them play a slightly-above average high school boy's squad. They'd get their collective asses kicked. Boring! What's next? A CNN article applauding the exploits of the first one-legged man to break the 10:00 mile?!?! ARRRRGH!!!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Desmond Campbell

      You talking rubbish man give credit where credit is due ***** is the world series /champion of any sport other than soccer a true world champion.Ps GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE GO Uconn

      December 22, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Wow Paul, It must be terrible being the smug ugly unhappy ignorant little man that you obviously are. Winning 89 games in a row in any sport is something. How much of an idiot are you? I realize you have probably done nothing of value with your life, and I can say this based on your jealous ignorant little rant. Just because these girls can play better than you? You are vile.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Kaldan

      To suggest this is a non story makes it rather evident that you have a seriously sub-par IQ–anything which society values enough to have a sell out crowd (on multiple occasions) to go and view, by definition has worth. And anything that has value, is worth taking time to report on. Frankly, even if you don't think it's an important accomplishment, you're making it quite clear to the rest of us that you're an ignorant moron who doesn't understand what the purpose of the news media is. They exist to inform us of things that we as a society think are important, and to suggest otherwise displays your idiocy. Stay off the comment section if you don't have the intelligence to dress yourself, as you Paul, obviously do not.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jay G

    Congrats to the lady Huskies.

    A good men's high school team will beat a WNBA team, though, so let's stop comparing this to UCLA's men's college hoops streak, please.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Kaldan

      You aren't terribly bright, are you? The comparison is the fact that they have won that many games in a row in the NCAA division 1 basketball, of which many other school teams participate. No one is comparing them to the UCLA team as if they were going to play them. That has nothing to do with the story. The stories in the media today aren't trying to say that this team could play a mens team, or any that has existed in the past (aka Woodens). They're saying that in this large, publicized, broadcast sport, one team has had an incredible accomplishment that is well above and beyond any of the others.

      So you're either a very stupid person who misunderstands what they read, or someone who doesn't care either way and just wants to spew some hate out on a group of people that they've probably never met or had contact with.

      In conclusion, you're an idiot and no one cares what you think, so stay off the comment section if you don't have anything intelligent to add (which clearly, you don't).

      December 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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