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. donna

    what our uconn women did is remarkable, all you idiots that are hating us new englanders right now are so jealous right now, we have uconn, the patroits, celtics, red sox, and bruins, big things come in little places, get a life and get over yourself, we know what its like to be the best, go crawl back under your rock, i know you all cant help it as kermit would say, it aint easy being green With envy!!

    December 31, 2010 at 4:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. donna

    crotch party in my pants, everyone invited!

    December 31, 2010 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
    • donna's crotch mean everyone's coming.

      December 31, 2010 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    remarkable? if they did anything of note, then they would be good enough for the NBA. but they suck at everything relative to men. except being brainless dolts who think women's sports are anything more then a passification for a bunch of bra burning troll women.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. B

    Wow, Alex. How profound. Good luck finding a woman who would be interested in you, in light of your incredible malevolence.

    December 31, 2010 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. B

    anyone want a rusty trombone?

    December 31, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yawnie

    Women's basketball? (Yaaaaawwwwnnnn!)

    December 31, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    Thank gawd, hopefully we can stop hearing about it now.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. mac316

    Great run U Conn you are the best team with 90 consecutive wins you add a whole new meaning to "you play like a girl"

    December 31, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lindor

    i still dont think anyone cares.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      I actually watched most of the game, that says a lot. There aren't many womens basketball games I would watch but UConn Stanford is one of them, I look forward to the next womens basketball game I watch when they play again in the NCAA championship game

      December 31, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lindor

    will they have breaking news for high school sports now? no one cared when they beat theyre old womens record.. and no one cares now.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. unitwan


    December 31, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. Big Joe

    Freaks! You're all a bunch of se*ual deviants. I'm leaving this thread. So long freaks.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Girl's basketball is laughable, though I will admit it is getting significantly better. I am willing to speculate that the college girls could now beat an eigth grade boys team.

    When the coach was asked how to do it again he should have replied "Avoid Stanford.:

    December 31, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. FatVirgin

    Grr I hate athletes!

    December 31, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. barbaraglickstein

    Great athletes on both teams who train hard, work hard and know what the word team means. What a run UConn. It's been thrilling.

    December 31, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
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