UConn beats South Carolina to reach the 100 win in a row mark as they march toward another perfect season.
Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies’ collection of records they own. The 25-0 Huskies continue to prove why they remain the best team in women’s basketball. UConn won’t face another ranked team until they come to Tampa at the end of the month.
Fans of the #22 USF Bulls will get to see UConn at the Sun Dome Feb. 27th in the final regular season game of the AAC campaign. Back in January the Bulls got blown out on the road at UConn 102-37. But the Bulls have gotten much better and soon they will see just how much better.
There may not ever be a more dominate team in all sports than the UConn women’s basketball team. They have won 100 games in a row, with last night’s victory over No. 6 South Carolina 66-55, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,167 that included past greats Sue Bird, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Breanna Stewart, who helped the Huskies to the first 75 wins of this streak.
100 wins is impressive but the numbers get even more impressive as you do a deep dive. 11 National Championship’s and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma’s squad already owns the longest winning streak in Division I college basketball history. UConn beat its own record of 90 consecutive wins earlier this season with little fanfare.
“I hope we can focus on the season and what’s coming up next and whatever’s in store for this team,” Auriemma said. “Let’s get it over with and move onto the next thing which is more important in the big scheme of things for these players anyway. This 100-win streak isn’t theirs but if they win a national championship that’s all theirs.
“That means a lot more if we’re able to do that down the road.”
Getting No. 100 was a little tougher than many of the previous 99, which UConn won by an average 38.7 points. Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Napheesa Collier added 18 to help the top-ranked Huskies beat
“They carried the torch across the finish line to 100, Auriemma said. “If it’s a relay, they took the last baton to 100. If we win a national championship, it’s all theirs. I want to focus on trying to do that instead of worrying about the other stuff.”
Auriemma never thought his team would come close to reaching the century mark, let alone break the previous record set by the Huskies from 2008-10. The Hall of Fame coach set up the most difficult non-conference schedule in the country, playing five of the top eight teams in the AP before Monday, including road games at No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 Florida State and No. 7 Notre Dame.
UConn came away victorious in each one.
This was the Huskies 10th game this season against a team in the current Top 25. Of the 100 games, 59 have been decided by more than 40 points. Only two (Florida State and Maryland) were fewer than 10-point wins.
There is still a record left and that is 131games in a row. UConn is still short of the overall college basketball record for consecutive wins. The Wayland Baptist women’s basketball team won 131 straight from 1953-58. There wasn’t an NCAA back then, it was the AAU.
Looking for 101 will come on Saturday when UConn heads to New Orleans for a game at Tulane
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