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. tomcat

    Obama calls UCONN, calls the Eagles. Think he could take time to call the families that burried the Fire Fighters in Chicago? No respect for true heros.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. kaiser wilhelm II

    women's sports are a slippery slope. soon we'll be letting them vote, leave the kitchen and drive automobiles

    December 31, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. NARD

    I'm beginning to think it's CNN and not Fox News that has the majority of mentally defective followers.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. lol

    we may be mentally challenged, but at least were not woman.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. me

    who cares...its women's basketball.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. Alex

    can voodoo cure aids? or gay aids? links please.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. jim armstrong

    NOW it's history, before is was just history in the making. Once again those who have accomplished the least in their dismal lives respond in the con column the most. Kudos UCONN

    December 31, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. jim armstrong

    yes alex, it can. trust me, I know.

    December 31, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Alex


    December 31, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. John G

    yes alex, but not cholera. or lynchings.

    December 31, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. yukon husky

    Did anyone get the irony associated with the picture of the "woman" basketball coach? She's got her hand curled (as if around something) and her big mouth opened very wide (impressive, actually). NICE picture CNN 🙂 But anyways, nice win, but come on, this is silly to even remotely equate this to John Wooden! It's GIRL basketball, big whoop. Like Canadian and US women hockey players brag about their Olympic medals – there's only TWO teams in the world that can even skate, and would be crushed if playing against a boy peewee league. They brag? What a joke. Same as this, it's really nothing to brag about, so get back into the kitchen please, the real games are on ...

    December 31, 2010 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. LB


    December 31, 2010 at 3:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. LB

    Assuming that the average male on this thread knocks down 10 BigMacs a day and has not a drop of athleticism, why don't we show some respect where respect is due? I'd like to see any of you compete against any of these ladies. Hilarious!

    December 31, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. John G

    they would automatically be disqualified for being inferior opponents. and mcdonalds sucks. get back in the kitchen and make me a sammich.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  15. LB

    I eat chips ahoy by the sleeve.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
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