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. ddavid

    All this shows is that there is no parity in college women's basketball. How dull-knowing that only one team can win the National Championship ! Who want's to watch blowouts every game? They should think about forcing players to leave UCONN so that other teams have a chance.

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

      Exactly! Too many people on this board don't understand that.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • cnoyes

      @ddavid, Why should UCONN be penalized for having an outstanding program? Instead of forcing players to go to other schools (like that would ever happen), maybe other schools should improve their women's BB program to better compete?

      December 22, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica

    Who cares? These 'women' look like
    men. Who wants to see that??

    December 22, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Maybe people that like basketball you superficial ignoramus. Ugly inside is ugly too.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. darkpoet

    not to trash their accomplishment but who really cares? I mean its woman's basket ball..... I'm pretty sure they can run circles around me on the court but it still doesn't mean anything.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. chuckly

    lol, so it's going to take a girls college basketball team losing to a group of guys that have probably never played basketball before, for you to admit that men's bball is superior to girls? lol
    If it isn't obvious to anyone with a brain that men are more superior in practically any sport they play in, then why oh why are they seperated into girls and guys? Because it's the only way any girl 'achievements' would even show up on the radar.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. BroseIdon

    i am in no way impressed by this worthless "achievement"
    these women would lose to any men's basketball team that isn't in wheelchair, yes, that includes high school. This is a complete joke and i cannot express in words my hatred for anyone who thinks that this is any sort of an impressive feat.

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

      well said broseph stalin. my bro!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Roo

      Wow, you "can't express .....your hatred?" Really.....HATRED? It's just basketball. Have you thought about seeking professional help?

      December 22, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Bro clearly needs professional help. I can imagine his fury when his big mac is late off the line at McDonalds. Fat boy probably has a fit. How he hates the little people.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jason

    Let's see how well this uconn women's team does against the sooners in the Fiesta Bowl!

    December 22, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. squirting organ

    @tomcat.....take it easy there buddy or your outta here..i thought gay people were happy...sheesh

    December 22, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jenna

    Why is this a headline? Now they can be recruited for a WNBA team... Ooohhh big time... Yawn.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Augie

    Meh, women's sports does nothing for me. When I watch sports I want to see the best in the game, not the best based on gender.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • chuckly

      now that makes perfect sense. That is why women's basketball is so unpopular. men would appreciate any woman in any sport if she were actuaally the best. But the praise heaped on women when they break another woman's record when that record is only half a man's record is pathetic. Men want to see the best of the best play, PERIOD.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ka

      trust me REAL athletes appreciate each others accomplishments because they know how hard (in their own way) they need to work.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. Megan

    This means nothing... If it did, it would mean that WNBA players make the same as NBA players. Nobody wants to watch women play a game that dress in baggie clothes like men yet can't play as well as men. Case closed.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. squirting organ

    You know..it has occurred to me that some of us are being childish. We should embrace this moment, and even though they are only women we should try to see the hard work that went in to this major accomplishment.

    I just wish they would have told us what channel it was on...woulda been a hoot to see it live.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. chuckly

    woman are first to cry – all men and women are created equal.
    Yet they make sure all statistics are kept in different categories for gender.
    and the rules are always easier in the girls side of the sport.
    for example:
    Golf – women's tee's are closer to the ball
    Tennis : have to play less sets to win
    basketball – smaller balls yet same size nets
    and i'm sure there are plenty others, yet they still want to be standing on the same platform and praised just as much for their records when almost all of their records were shattered by men decades ago.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ka

      and yet you complain having higher car insurance than a woman.LOL

      December 22, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Don't forget, bigger balls to hit in softball and less running.

      December 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Yuri_DK

    chuckly – the men and women are separated because they have different physiology. Who wins depends on what rules are used to judge. for example, women would beat men handidly in the "average life duration" category, and for a good reason – they are genetically wired to have less mutations, on avverage. And men are genetically wired to be stronger, on average.

    But strength is not everything in life.

    BTW, I see that you are not so keen on playing UConn women anymore. right choice, avoid embarassment

    but please stop posting nonsense – be a man for once. they did much better than most of the losers heer care to admit. The gender is irrelevant. The accomplishment is great.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. squirting organ

    Do they dribbel and everything?

    December 22, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • RUSH

      Did you mean the players or the squiting organ?

      December 22, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. chuckly

    oh well, at least they have proven that they know how to handle the balls.
    that will help later in life when they finally head to that kitchen.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
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