The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team is unstoppable, literally. Last night they took their near-impossible winning streak into the history books when they ousted Florida State University and garnered their 89th consecutive win. By toppling Florida State, the Huskies’ women’s team broke the streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA men’s team from 1971-74.
During their streak, the Huskies didn’t just win; they dismantled the competition. The UConn women’s team have beaten 16 top-10 teams and have won by an average of more than 33 points per game during the streak. The Huskies have also won back-to-back national championships, and are now only one shy of tying Tennessee’s record for overall titles by a women’s team.
Even though the UConn ladies have been on fire, they haven’t let success go to their heads. Coach Geno Auriemma has worked hard to keep his team focused on playing their best basketball, and not eyeing the history books.
“We never talked about the streak,” said Tina Charles, last season’s national player of the year. “We were playing for each other, what we did at practice, all the hard work we did, and just trying to do it on the court. There wasn’t anything about the streak.”
Despite the hoopla surrounding the streak, UConn has been dominating the hardwood for years. From 2001-03 the Huskies went on a 70 game winning streak and, according to ESPN, “Connecticut long ago established itself as the marquee program in the women’s game, the benchmark by which all others are measured. The Huskies already own seven national titles and four perfect seasons under [coach Geno] Auriemma, and they’ve produced a galaxy of stars that includes Rebecca Lobo, Diana Taurasi, Jennifer Rizzotti, Sue Bird and Tina Charles.”
Many sports analysts argue that the best basketball is being played on the college level, and not just on men’s teams either. Women’s basketball has experienced a surge in popularity and UConn’s amazing record will only help to draw in new fans to the sport.
The only question left to ask is . . . how many games WILL they win before the streak is done?