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. Alex

    This comments page looks like a sociology study on deranged, women-hating men lashing out at the world with childish insults. Sad.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. chuckly

    how good can they really be. supposedly of the best plaers in this game scored a career high 31 points....are you kidding me? that's a career low for stars of the men's game.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ki

      That's because women share the ball more than men, and dedicate themselves to playing better defense.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    also, I have aids.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. chuckly

    me too, wanna hook up?

    December 31, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    I've never said no to a man before, no sense starting now.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    dumb, just like me.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brenton

    Finally now we will be able to move on to real sports news.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. erbs

    Stanford women tend to end notable winning streaks! Stanford Basketball Team were the last team to beat UCONN two years ago and they eventually ended their streak. Stanford Volleyball Team were also the last team to beat Penn State 3 years ago before their 109 streak and eventually Stanford ended that streak earlier this year!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Connecticut Resident

    Congratulations, Stanford, from a Connecticut resident! It grew very tiresome, very quickly, hearing and reading from every media outlet in the state how seemingly unstoppable, infallible, and dominating the University of Connecticut has become. Not all Connecticut residents are UConn fans - or approve of how thier athletic programs are coached or run!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. ka

    but on the otjher hand, woman woul need a brain to outsmart a man, and we clearly don't have that. so nevermind. anyways, anyone wanna see my ta tas?

    December 31, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Ironic - just as Stanford bookended UConn's streak, I think Notre Dame bookended UCLA's streak too.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Liberty Queen

    Well, well, the little one inch misogynist woman-haters come out of their hovel dragging their knuckles.because they are impotent in the face of Stanford and UConn making CNN breaking news. Keep looking little boys, it's down there somewhere... or is it? Here's an electron microscope to aid you in your search for boyhood. Still don't see it, eh? There, there, don't cry little babies, it's there somehwere. Just remember boys, you came from between the legs of a strong woman. Shrivel, shrivel. LMFAO!!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Aminu

    Front page story, CNN get reall, waste of time!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tara

    Congrats to the Stanford ladies. Great, historical run for the UConn ladies. Thanks to CNN for sharing. These women play technically sound basketball with determination, drive and skill. Great athletes. Many if not all will graduate with a degree and opportunities beyond the sport after
    graduation. This is more for love of the sport than a big paycheck in the pros. Many are good role models for youth and their
    peers. I, for one, applaud their efforts. Finally, It's nice to read a positive, light-hearted story periodically that's not about death, destruction, crime, terrorism, etc.

    destruction, crime, terrorism etc.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Liberty Queen

    and by strong woman, I mean one that had the good sense to stay on her back so she didn't get hit.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
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