The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team set a new Division I record for any team male or female with its 100th straight victory on Monday. The Huskies, ranked No. 1 in the nation defeated the No. 6 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 66-55 to set the record.
For many, the game appeared to be any other win in the women’s basketball program at UConn as there has been much criticism of the team playing against overmatched opponents.
However, those critics are not aware of how difficult it is to win 10, 20, 30 let alone 100 straight games. No team in the history of modern sport has ever accomplished things that Huskies have been and continue to accomplish.
The Huskies have been able to play teams that considered their game against UConn as the most important game of the season and the Huskies have been able to walk away each time with a victory.
Of the 100 straight wins and counting for UConn, 27 were against opponents ranked in the Top 25. The Huskies this season have played 9 teams that currently are ranked in the Top 25 including 6 teams ranked in the nation’s top 10.
Those wins have included beating Maryland the No. 2 ranked team on the road, handing the Terrapins their only loss. This week both Baylor and Florida State were tied for No. 4 in the nation and UConn has defeated both this season.
This season the Huskies have continued the winning streak even though they lost three starters from last year’s undefeated team, including Breanna Stewart the National Player of the Year for three years.
Each year, some UConn players change due to graduation as do their opponents, but the Huskies continue to win.
Monday night it appeared that South Carolina had a good chance to upset the Huskies. The Gamecocks entered the game with an overall record of 21-2. The Gamecocks were as close as 4 points behind during the 3 quarter, but UConn quickly took control at that point and with just four minutes remaining in the final quarter, the Huskies led by 13.
The men’s basketball programs are always in the news and account for much more revenue for their respective universities but this women’s team for UConn can now stay alone with the longest ever winning streak male or female in the history of Division I college sports.