Stanford ends UConn's record winning streak
December 30th, 2010
11:10 PM ET

Stanford ends UConn's record winning streak

The record winning streak of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team is over, ended by the school that was the last to beat it more than two years ago.

Stanford beat the top-ranked Huskies 71-59 on Thursday night in Palo Alto, California, halting UConn's winning streak at 90 games, the longest in NCAA Division I basketball history.

The loss comes just nine days after UConn, picking up its 89th consecutive win in a game against Florida State, surpassed the men's Division I streak of 88 set by coach John Wooden's UCLA teams from 1971 to 1974.

Jeanette Pohlen led the Cardinal (9-2) with 31 points.  This season's record for two-time defending national champion UConn fell to 12-1.

"Congratulations to Connecticut for an awesome streak, and they gave us a great game," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer (pictured) told ESPN. "Our team believed, our team came out and worked very hard."

UConn coach Geno Auriemma, when asked after the game what it would take to put together a similar streak in college basketball, told ESPN: "You’ve got to have good players, you’ve got to get lucky, and all your best players have to play great every night, and we didn’t get that tonight. And … the other team has to have something to do with it. ... They made us play bad, and they played well, so they deserve to win."

Just minutes after the game, Stanford's athletics website was linking to a site selling a T-shirt celebrating the victory. The T-shirt reads, in part: "All good things must come to an end."

UConn had moved the streak to 90 games on Tuesday with an 85-42 win over Pacific.

Stanford had been the last to defeat UConn, beating the Huskies in the Final Four in April 2008. UConn beat Stanford in last season's NCAA tournament championship game, 53-47.

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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  1. Patty

    Front page really? For a sport that has fewer fans than little league baseball I find it hard to comprehend.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Starcrane

    Go Cardinal! A great team beat another great team. The rest of you can go to hell.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Carey

    why is this breaking news??? seriously is this the best they could come up with? Front page cnn news?? Well on the plus side I guess nothing bad is apparently happening in the world!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. joe


    December 31, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. RamMan

    They let women play sports?!?! That's news to me!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. John

    and this is news,... how?

    December 31, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  7. bonnie

    71-59, UCon got smoked, it was not even close, 12 points, UCon is slipping into the bottom somewhere.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      Like many basketball games, it was closer than the end score makes it sound. Stanford controlled the game the whole way through but UConn had several opportunities to turn it around and were still in the game until about a minute left. Then Maya Moore made an unbelievably bad play, letting the woman she was defending get all the way under the basket while Maya was playing the ball at the other end, and it was like UConn pretty much considered it over at that point. UConn went into that foul all the time thing, and since Stanford's players are much stronger on the free throw line than UConn's, and UConn seemed to have suddenly given up, the lead lengthened considerably again.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. ccwutah

    UCONN, is still the best. Looking at the game closely UCONN loses by only 12 pts. at Stanford to a team that is taller you can see UCONN was still able to stay within striking distance. Also, if UCONN eliminates their turnovers and Maya and the team boxes out effectively to run their fast break you have a different out come as well. I believe if Stanford played at UCONN or at a neutral site there would be a different outcome. But what a streak 90 wins amazing ! UCONN chew on the lost for a few minutes spit it out because I believe you still have a great season ahead of you. A third championship is waiting for you. GO UCONN !

    December 31, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Ki

      That is very well put. Alot of people don't like teams when they do well for a long period of time. I like UCONN and the program they have put together. I played college basketball so I respect what they have done for the women's game! Well done UCONN! I was a huge Tennessee fan until I had to play against them, and now UCONN has taken the spotlight from everyone.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil

    yeah, the one that fell down a well and screamed her arms off. probably right back on her knees once she got out.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. jack

    i get a feeling that there are still plenty of Neanderthals among us nowday-human.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. jeff

    wait, woman are given names? since when?

    December 31, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. gadlaw

    The only interesting part of this story is how it was ginned up in the name of gender equality. Sports that people are actually interested in had this 'streak' announced and time taken away from sports people are interested in so the Sports Networks involved couldn't be accused of discrimination. The female basketball failed as a professional sport, is barely attended or covered and has a far different level of ability attached to it and certainly not equal to the Men's Basketball win record. So tomorrow at the Sports desks they will clench their teeth and try to sound interested in this streak and it's end. It'll be very amusing and we'll endure it and then like soccer coverage – will go away.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Brenton

      This comment is 100% correct. Im glad he said it so i didnt have type all that.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Aloisae

      In many ways, it is more the equivalent of the UCLA streak than a current day men's basketball streak would be. The woman's game far more closely resembles basketball from the 70's than the men's does... they actually still enforce a lot of those pesky ball handling rules and it is more of a team game than a star vehicle.

      As far as the pro league goes, it will never have the financial power of the men's. But it is a great way for family's and youth groups and kid's teams and the like to actually be able to afford to go to the arena and enjoy the experience of watching a game live. It fills a big void that was left when most pro men's sports priced seats out of the reach of most people.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. jack

    anyone else marching in the gay pride parade next week? I'm going as Cher.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. planet2010

    No..i'm on my period. LOL

    December 31, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Graham Chapman

    Enough! this has gotten far to silly.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
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