Monday night the ladies of the University of Connecticut continued their dominance on the basketball court. The top-ranked team in the land beat South Carolina 66-55 and won their 100th consecutive game. Their winning streak is the longest in sports history and the last time the lady Huskies lost was in 2014, As I think about that fact, I am amazed by the dominance Connecticut has had in women’s’ college basketball.
Coach Geno Auriemma has had previous winning streaks in his 31-year coaching career at UConn. Before his arrival, the lady Huskies had only one winning season and have only experienced one losing season since Auriemma took hold of the head coaching reins. Since 1985 the women’s basketball program has 43 regular season and tournament titles while advancing to 17 final fours. Under the direction of coach Auriemma, the lady huskies captured 11 national championships while maneuvering their way through six perfect seasons. After Mondays win over South Carolina, Connecticut only has four games left in the regular season and only one of the teams on the schedule are in the top 25. So, it appears as though there may be a seventh perfect season in the Huskies near future.
That being said we could see victories 101 through 104 by the end of this month. It is amazing to think that the last time Connecticut lost a women’s basketball game was two years ago and even at that time UConn was on a 47 game winning streak… As a matter of fact, the ladies from Connecticut had at one point been on a 90 game winning streak before the 47 game streak and Stanford also put an end to that streak. So when I think of dominance the Infamous UCLA Bruins run under legendary coach John Wooden comes to mind. The Bruins 88 game winning streak stood out among all winning streaks. Well, the ladies of Connecticut have now done better than that on two separate occasions.
The last 139 games the university of Connecticut women have played they only stumbled one time. It appears that the only weakness UConn may have is Stanford. The last two losses suffered by Connecticut were to the Cardinals The first in 2010 when the Stanford beat the Huskies 53-47 in the NCAA Tournament Championship game and then in the second game of the 2014-15 season when UConn fell again to the team from the West coast 88-86.
That is why I say 100 and counting Unless Geno Auriemma and his Huskies are on the court against Stanford they appear to be unbeatable.
Trevin A Jones