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. Liberty Queen

    GRRLS RULE, boys suck... each other. Bend over and grab your ankles boys! LMFAO!!!

    December 31, 2010 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Wow... looking at your posts, you really are one sad, angry lady.

      December 31, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. inchworm

    I may be only an inch, but at leatst I can't fit the hindenberg in my pink secret.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. rule?

    I'm sure that by "RULE" you mean "service men when asked, as per they're reason for existence".

    December 31, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. M

    Slow News day CNN?

    December 31, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. joker

    why are woman shorter than men? so their heads don't get hit by the cupboards! why are their feet smaller? evolution making it easier to stand next to the stove.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. jim jones

    I didn't even let the woman drink the same poison as the men.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Liberty Queen

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    December 31, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff_G

    It's news, but not "on CNNs home page via BREAKING NEWS". Leave that for invading countries, airline crashes and such....

    December 31, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Liberty Queen

    too bad woman's votes get thrown out before counting.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. ricky

    and this is news????
    coach looks like the back end of my F350.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. Liberty Queen

    yeppers, now lets go drain that lizard. I can suck start a seized harley.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hungry

    How many delicious sammiches need to be served before the kitchen-escapees get some credit? I want a number.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Honest Abe

    Who cares? No one watches women's basketball anyway. I'm sure the rating for the game was less than 1. I'd rather watch a JV boys hoop team play.

    December 31, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Aloisae

    but of course, I'm an idiot.

    December 31, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
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    disregard that, I sucks c0ck$

    December 31, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Candid One

      Ignore this comment.

      December 31, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
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