Memorable wins on the record run to 90
The streak might be over, but it won't be forgotten.
Eighth-ranked Stanford snapped No. 1 UConn's 90-game winning streak Thursday with a 71-59 victory at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal were the last team to beat UConn; 998 days had passed since that April 6, 2008, loss.
UCONN'S RECORD RUN
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UConn set the NCAA Division I basketball record with a victory over Florida State on Dec. 21, winning its 89th consecutive game to top the previous best of 88 wins in a row by late legendary coach John Wooden and the UCLA Bruins from 1971-74. The Huskies added win No. 90 on Tuesday at Pacific.
During the streak, UConn beat 30 ranked opponents and won by single digits in only two games.
Here's a look at some key moments during the winning streak (with many thanks to UConn's sports information department for its comprehensive stats and recaps on the team's Web site and in the program's media guide).
Win No. 1: UConn 82, Georgia Tech 71 (Nov. 16, 2008; Storrs, Conn.)
Though the score is tied at halftime, everything else goes right in the 2008-09 season opener for UConn, which gets five players in double figures and hands out 20 assists on 29 field goals. Tina Charles, who shoots 7-for-9 from the field, nets 15 points to become the fourth fastest player (75 games) in UConn history to score 1,000 career points (behind Maya Moore, Svetlana Abrosimova and Nykesha Sales).
Win No. 3: UConn 91, Rhode Island 43 (Nov. 22, 2008; Hartford, Conn.)
The Huskies hit 33 of 55 field goals to shoot 60 percent from the field. Combined with their 64 percent shooting from a 99-55 victory over San Diego State two days earlier, it's the first time the Huskies have shot 60 percent or better from the field in back-to-back games since January 2006. Five players scored in double figures for the third straight game, the first time that has happened since a three-game stretch from Dec. 22, 2000, to Jan. 2, 2001.
Win No. 5: UConn 106, Oklahoma 78 (Nov. 30, 2008; Storrs, Conn.)
The Huskies demolish the fourth-ranked Sooners so decisively that coach Sherri Coale says UConn could win the men's NCAA title. It's the first time Oklahoma allows 100 points in more than eight seasons and, surprisingly, marks Renee Montgomery's first double-double (30 points, 13 assists) in 116 career games. The 13 dishes tie the single-game school record, accomplished on two previous occasions (1990-91 and 1979-80).
• Graham Hays: Huskies simply run over No. 4 Sooners
Win No. 6: UConn 96, Holy Cross 37 (Dec. 3, 2008; Storrs, Conn.)
UConn nearly scores more unanswered points in a key run than the Crusaders finish the game with. Holding Holy Cross without a field goal for 16 minutes, 13 seconds, the Huskies put together a 32-0 run to seal the victory.
Win No. 8: UConn 109, Washington 51 (Dec. 18, 2008; Cancun, Mexico)
Tina Charles hits her first 13 field goal attempts (including all nine in the first half) and finishes 13-of-15 from the field en route to scoring 29 points for the second straight game. For the fifth time in seven games, the Huskies shoot better than 60 percent from the field (43-of-67, 64.2 percent). UConn's 109 points is the program's best single-game total in six seasons. Still, perhaps the most notable number is that the Caribbean Classic opener snaps UConn's streak of televised games at 316.
Win No. 13: UConn 76, LSU 63 (Jan. 3, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
Renee Montgomery tallies 21 points and six assists, making her just the third player (joining Diana Taurasi and Jennifer Rizzotti) in Huskies history to amass at least 1,500 points and 500 assists.
Win No. 14: UConn 83, at South Florida 37 (Jan. 6, 2009)
The Huskies open Big East play with a victory and score their 100th consecutive win against a nonranked opponent. UConn limits South Florida, which entered the game averaging a nation-best 89.9 points per game, to more than 50 points below the Bulls' average. South Florida was held to just five field goals and 11 points in the second half, committed 26 turnovers in the game and hit only a pair of 3-pointers despite averaging nine treys per game.
Win No. 15: UConn 85, at West Virginia 55 (Jan. 10, 2009)
Renee Montgomery scores 28 points to break into UConn's top 10 in career scoring. She also joins Svetlana Abrosimova and Shea Ralph as the only players in Huskies history to rank among the program's top 10 in career scoring, steals and assists.
Win No. 17: UConn 107, Syracuse 53 (Jan. 17, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
There's no sophomore slump for Maya Moore. She scores 40 points -- the second-highest single-game total in UConn history (and best all-time home performance) behind Nykesha Sales' 46 points in December 1997 -- and becomes the fastest Huskies player to reach 1,000 career points, needing just 55 games (the previous record was 63 games, by Svetlana Abrosimova). Moore's 10 treys (on 14 attempts) sets the UConn record for 3-pointers in a game (breaking Wendy Davis' previous mark of eight set in December 1991), and helps the Huskies establish a new single-game team record with 18 3-pointers made. Said Geno Auriemma: "There's a very limited amount of people that can do what Maya does that have the kind of confidence she has, that have the kind of stroke that she has.
You've got a kid whose combination is absolutely perfect." Freshman Caroline Doty adds a 5-of-11 effort from downtown, while Renee Montgomery sets the single-game record with 11 steals. One huge downside to the loss: Doty is lost for the season to a torn ACL.
• Graham Hays: Moore, Huskies outstanding, but is depth emerging as an issue?
Win No. 18: UConn 88, at North Carolina 58 (Jan. 19, 2009)
The Huskies easily defeat the nation's No. 2 team -- by 30 points and on the road and in front of the largest crowd (12,722) ever for a UNC women's game in Chapel Hill. The loss snaps the Tar Heels' 31-game home winning streak. The Huskies, who had at least five players in double-figure scoring for the eighth time in 18 games, improve to 8-2 all-time in games featuring the country's top two ranked teams.
• Mechelle Voepel: Cast of stars lead Huskies to rout
Win No. 19: UConn 65, at Cincinnati 34 (Jan. 24, 2009)
The Bearcats score just seven first-half points, which ties the second-fewest points ever allowed by the Huskies in a half.
Win No. 22: UConn 75, Rutgers 56 (Feb. 3, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
For the first time of the season, UConn is outrebounded 38-33. But the Huskies, who get the first career start from Tiffany Hayes (13 points), still get the best of Rutgers, the last team to beat UConn in a Big East home game (Feb. 7, 2006).
Win No. 24: UConn 77, at St. John's 64 (Feb. 11, 2009)
How's this for offensive firepower? For the first time in 10 seasons, a Huskies trio -- Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery -- each score at least 20 points. That hadn't happened since Svetlana Abrosimova (21), Shea Ralph (21) and Tamika Williams (21) combined for 63 points on Jan. 17, 1999, at Pittsburgh. Montgomery and Charles score 21 points apiece; Moore adds 20.
Win No. 26: UConn 75, at Providence 39 (Feb. 18, 2009)
For the 15th time this season, the Huskies win by at least 30 points. For the 12th time, five players reach double figures in scoring.
Win No. 27: UConn 76, Notre Dame 66 (Feb. 22, 2009; Hartford, UConn.)
The No. 24 Irish open the game with a 6-0 run, and the deficit is the largest the Huskies have faced all season. In fact, they trail for a total of 16 minutes, 53 seconds in the game, including a short period in the second half. But UConn, which opens the second half with a 22-1 run (including 12 points from Maya Moore), eventually pulls away for its smallest margin of victory all season, second only to the season-opening 11-point victory over Georgia Tech. The Huskies shot 7-for-13 from 3-point range (53.8 percent).
Win No. 28: UConn 74, Villanova 47 (Feb. 24, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
The Huskies improve to 14-0 in league play and clinch at least a share of their third straight and 17th overall Big East regular-season title. For the first time this season, all 12 players on the active roster score at least one point. But also for the first time this season, and for just the third time in 66 career games, Maya Moore fails to reach double figures in scoring (eight points), snapping a 28-game streak.
Win No. 29: UConn 81, Seton Hall 50 (Feb. 28, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
UConn improves to 9-0 at the XL Center this season and clinches the Big East regular-season crown outright, a fitting storyline for Senior Night. Prior to the game, Renee Montgomery (she opens the game 0-for-8 from the field but finishes with 14 points, all in the second half), Cassie Kerns and Tahirah Williams are honored; they are 130-11 at UConn. Maya Moore and Kaili McLaren sing the national anthem. At one point in the first half, the Huskies go on a 21-0 run.
Win No. 30: UConn 69, at Rutgers 59 (March 2, 2009)
Despite a season-high 23 turnovers, the Huskies put the finishing touches on the fifth undefeated regular season in program history (and the team's first since 2002-03). After Rutgers pulls within six points with 22 seconds to play, UConn seals the victory at the free-throw line to maintain its streak of double-digit victories this season. The win also gives the Huskies their fourth straight season with at least 30 victories, something they've accomplished 15 of the past 17 seasons. UConn also becomes the first team to hit at least 50 percent of its field goals in a game against Rutgers in 69 games. Renee Montgomery tallies five assists to pass Sue Bird for third place on UConn's all-time assists list (588 career assists).
Win No. 31: UConn 79, South Florida 42 (March 8, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
A torn ACL forced Kalana Greene to miss the 2008 Big East tournament, but she comes up big in UConn's first tourney game in '09, scoring a season-high 20 points and adding 10 rebounds. The game seems over by the break, as Greene nets 17 points and Maya Moore already has a double-double at halftime. South Florida's 10 first-half points also are the fewest the Huskies have ever allowed in one half of a Big East tourney game. Two days earlier, Maya Moore becomes the first player in Big East history to win league player of the year honors in each of her first two seasons. She is the first back-to-back winner since Diana Taurasi (2003, 2004).
Win No. 33: UConn 75, Louisville 36 (March 10, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
How easy is this one? When Big East tourney MVP Maya Moore left the court for good with eight minutes to play, she had outscored No. 5 Louisville 28-27 (her 28 points are the most a UConn player has scored in the Big East tourney since Shea Ralph's 30 points against St. John's in 1999). UConn goes on to win its 15th Big East tournament championship, and for the 13th time, sweep the Big East regular-season and tournament titles. The Huskies, who beat their three Big East tourney foes by an average of 35 points, notch their 19th win of the season by at least 30 points. Tina Charles adds 21 points and 15 rebounds, her ninth double-double of the season -- and a hint of what's to come in the NCAA tournament.
• Graham Hays: Ralph enjoying new role at UConn
Win No. 34: UConn 104, Vermont 65 (March 22, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
Tina Charles scores a season-high 32 points (the third-best single-game scoring performance by a UConn player in the NCAA tournament) and grabs 11 rebounds (moving her ahead of Kara Wolters for fourth place on UConn's career rebounding list with 933 boards). Charles hit 7 of 8 field goals in the first half, helping UConn to its best field goal percentage (.742) of any half of the season. Geno Auriemma surpasses Dean Smith for third place on the Division I NCAA tournament wins list (66). The win is UConn's fourth and final game of the season in which it scores at least 100 points.
Win No. 35: UConn 87, Florida 59 (March 24, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
In her final game on campus, Renee Montgomery can't be denied. She scores 25 points, including five 3-pointers, and at one point late in the first half, even converts a four-point play that sparks a 21-6 run (a run she fuels with 11 points). Montgomery's 136th start pushes her past Jennifer Rizzotti for most career starts in UConn history. Tina Charles adds 22 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore has 22 points and 14 boards (it's the second time this season three Huskies each tally at least 20 points) as UConn, now 37-4 all-time in NCAA tourney games played in the state of Connecticut, advances to its 16th straight Sweet 16.
Win No. 36: UConn 77, Cal 53 (March 29, 2009; Trenton, N.J.)
This time, Tiffany Hayes is the hero, shooting 9-of-10 from the field, tallying seven assists, five rebounds and a career-high 28 points, the most by a UConn freshman in an NCAA tournament game. It's UConn's 50th NCAA tourney win when playing as a No. 1 seed. Tina Charles, who played just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, has five points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
• Graham Hays: Freshman Hayes leads Huskies past Cal
Win No. 37: UConn 83, Arizona State 64 (March 31, 2009; Trenton, N.J.)
Maya Moore scores 25 points, Renee Montgomery has 22 and Tina Charles adds 18 points and 13 rebounds as UConn withstands No. 19 ASU's hockey-like substitutions to advance to its second straight Final Four and 10th overall. Moore owns the night, breaking UConn's single-season scoring record (her 712 points pass Kara Wolters' 694 in 1995-96). UConn improves to 9-0 against ranked teams in 2008-09 (and 139-15 all time against ranked foes).
• Graham Hays: It wasn't pretty, but Huskies still won easy
Win No. 38: UConn 83, Stanford 64 (April 5, 2009; St. Louis)
A year after losing to the Cardinal in the Final Four, the Huskies exact revenge, getting 26 points from Renee Montgomery and 24 from Maya Moore, who won the Wade Trophy the day before. Defense paves the way into the NCAA title game: The Huskies lead 37-24 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half, then open the second with a 13-0 run as Stanford shoots 0-for-7 from the field. Counting the final 2:18 of the first half, the Cardinal are scoreless for 7 minutes, 49 seconds. Despite shooting 42 percent from the field, Stanford trails by 31 points, 60-29, with 12:06 to play. The Huskies also get eight points and 12 rebounds from Tina Charles and 10 points and five boards from Kalana Greene.
• Graham Hays: Huskies play better game of basktball, now one win shy of perfection
• Charlie Creme: National semifinals instant analysis
Win No. 39: UConn 76, Louisville 54 (April 7, 2009; St. Louis)
Tina Charles tallies her 13th double-double (25 points, career-high 19 rebounds) of the season as UConn clinches its third perfect season and sixth NCAA championship, easily beating Louisville for the third time in 2008-09. The Huskies are the first Division I team, men or women, to go undefeated and win each game by at least 10 points. UConn's 22-point margin of victory ties the second-most lopsided win in NCAA title game history. Final Four Most Outstanding Player Charles, who shoots 7-of-9 from the field in the first half and 4-for-4 in the second, is joined by Renee Montgomery and Maya Moore -- who scored 18 points apiece -- on the Final Four all-tournament team. Montgomery and the senior class graduate with a 139-11 career record, and her 140 consecutive starts and 150 career games top the UConn annals. The Huskies finish the season 11-0 against ranked opponents, and Geno Auriemma ties Duke men's coach Mike Krzyzewski with 71 career NCAA tournament wins, the most in NCAA history (men's and women's).
• Mechelle Voepel: Moore shines from Shadows
• Mechelle Voepel: Oh Holy Husky Trinity
• Graham Hays: Charles leads UConn to championship
• Graham Hays: Montgomery ensures legacy
• Charlie Creme: Championship game instant analysis
Win No. 40: Nov. 14, 2009 (UConn 105, Northeastern 35; Storrs, Conn.)
UConn picks up where it left off, opening the 2009-10 season with a 28-0 run. Tina Charles leads all players with 26 points and 13 rebounds, and becomes just the third Huskies player to snare at least 1,000 career boards. UConn leads 69-15 at the half, and the 69 points are the most in a half in program history (the old record was 68, set against Providence in January 1998). Kalana Greene becomes the 33rd player to join UConn's 1,000-point club.
Win No. 43: UConn 91, Hofstra 46 (Nov. 27, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
Geno Auriemma, in his 25th season at UConn, becomes the eighth active coach to reach 700 career coaching victories, and is the fastest to do it, needing just 822 games. Though the Huskies harass Hofstra into 32 turnovers, the team's postgame celebration is most memorable. The players don T-shirts with Auriemma's face on them and letters spelling out "Congrats 700." Then they try to mess up his always-flawless 'do (and unlike their past 43 games, it's a losing effort).
• Graham Hays: Times change, but Auriemma hasn't
• Graham Hays: A day in the life of an underdog
Win No. 44: UConn 86, Richmond 37 (Nov. 28, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
The Huskies hit 10 3-pointers before the break -- including five treys from Caroline Doty and three from Maya Moore -- to establish a new school record for most 3-pointers in a half. They finish the game shooting 62 percent from downtown. UConn puts five players in double-figure scoring for the fourth time in the season's first five games, but in holding Richmond to 34 percent shooting, the defense sticks with Geno Auriemma. "I don't know that defensively we could play any better," he said.
Win No. 45: UConn 87, Clemson 48 (Nov. 29, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
Though the Huskies end up easily winning the WBCA Classic, they trail for the first time this season. Clemson leads for a total of 2 minutes, 32 seconds before UConn takes control with an 11-0 first-half run, despite shooting 0-for-9 from downtown before the break. Kalana Greene scores a career-high 28 points.
Win No. 46: UConn 84, Vermont 42 (Dec. 3, 2009; Storrs, Conn.)
Tina Charles' nine rebounds move her past Jamelle Elliott into second place on UConn's career rebounding list. Her 1,059 rebounds are just 209 behind Rebecca Lobo. The Huskies tie the third-longest women's NCAA Division I winning streak (Tennessee won 46 from 1997-98), but UConn has won each by double-digits, an NCAA record.
Win No. 49: UConn 80, Stanford 68 (Dec. 23, 2009; Hartford, Conn.)
After winning their first nine games of the season by at least 25 points and by an average of 46 points, the Huskies are finally challenged -- for a half, anyway. UConn trails at the break, 40-38, for the first time since the 2008 Final Four, and is down 44-42 early in the second half before going on a 30-6 run over the next 11 minutes. UConn improves to 11-2 all time in games between the country's Nos. 1-2 teams, and is 8-1 as the No. 1 squad. UConn also extends its home-court winning streak to 47 games in front of the XL Center's first sellout crowd (16,294) since January 2007 (Tennessee).
• Graham Hays: No one defends like UConn
• Mechelle Voepel: UConn teaches Cardinal a few lessons
Win No. 51: UConn 91, at Seton Hall 24 (Jan. 2, 2010)
The starters are pulled for good early in the second half, but the Huskies still win by 67 points, the team's largest margin of victory over a Big East foe in eight years.
Win No. 52: UConn 84, South Florida 42 (Jan. 4, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Maya Moore scores 18 points to give her 1,680 career points, good enough to pass UConn assistant coach Shea Ralph for 10th place on the Huskies' career scoring chart. Moore has reached double figures in scoring in 88 of 90 career games, and her 10 rebounds also mark her 30th career double-double.
Win No. 54: UConn 88, North Carolina 47 (Jan. 9, 2010; Storrs, Conn.)
UConn ties the second-longest women's NCAA Division I win streak, set by Louisiana Tech from 1980-82. Tina Charles scores all 25 of her points in the first half against No. 7 North Carolina -- the ninth top-10 team UConn has beaten in its streak (all by an average of 27 points).
• Graham Hays: Huskies' first-half play as good as it gets
Win No. 55: UConn 68, at Marquette 43 (Jan. 13, 2010)
The AP recap puts it best: UConn is only chasing itself. The Huskies now also own the second-longest winning streak in women's NCAA history, something that seems to surprise even Geno Auriemma. "I'm amazed that we've been able to do it twice, that we can sustain this kind of effort day in and day out through injuries or fouls or bad games," he said. "There's just, I hope, a culture that we have at Connecticut that we expect to win every game. It doesn't mean we're going to win every game, but we expect to win every game." Maya Moore, hampered by foul trouble, scores a career-low four points on just 2-for-10 shooting.
Win No. 56: UConn 70, Notre Dame 46 (Jan. 16, 2010; Storrs, Conn.)
UConn scores 24 of the game's first 28 points, proving early on that there's a wide gap between the Huskies and the nation's third-ranked team. Said Geno Auriemma: "The first 15 minutes of basketball was pretty amazing. That was as good a 15 minutes of basketball you could hope to play on a day like today against a team like that." UConn leads 42-19 at halftime behind Tina Charles' 17 points. The game marked the first time ESPN's College GameDay crew broadcast its show from the site of a women's game.
• Mechelle Voepel: Charles is the latest UConn all-time great
• Graham Hays: Charles, Moore lead way, but UConn duo has super supporting cast
Win No. 57: UConn 81, at Duke 48 (Jan. 18, 2010)
The Huskies roll past their second top-10 foe in three days, shooting 54 percent from the field to snap the No. 7 Blue Devils' 23-game winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Five Huskies scored in double figures for the fifth time of the season.
• Mechelle Voepel: What a difference a year makes for Doty
Win No. 60: UConn 98, at Pittsburgh 56 (Jan. 30, 2010)
Tina Charles scores 24 points to become the sixth UConn player to reach the 2,000-point plateau (and the first since Diana Taurasi in 2004).
Win No. 61: UConn 80, West Virginia 47 (Feb. 2, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
The game isn't as memorable as the milestone. UConn scores its fewest first-half points of the season (32) and fails to lead by double digits at halftime for just the third time (32-24). But the win comes just a day after UConn breaks the record for consecutive weeks as the AP's No. 1 team (37), surpassing Louisiana Tech (1980-82). The Huskies have been No. 1 since Feb. 18, 2008.
Win No. 64: UConn 66, St. John's 52 (Feb. 13, 2010; Storrs, Conn.)
After becoming the 12th player inducted into the Huskies of Honor, Tina Charles scores 25 points and grabs a career-high 21 rebounds for her 46th career double-double. Charles, just the second to be inducted during her playing career, notches UConn's first 20-rebound game since 2001, and her 1,226 career rebounds leaves her just 42 behind Rebecca Lobo for the most in program history. The win is the Huskies' 19th consecutive victory over a Top 25 team, and makes the junior class (Maya Moore and Lorin Dixon) the fastest class in NCAA Division I women's history to reach 100 wins (they needed 102 games to do it, surpassing the UConn class of Diana Taurasi, Maria Conlon and Morgan Valley, which needed 103 games to reach 100 wins).
Win No. 65: UConn 76, at Oklahoma 60 (Feb. 15, 2010)
Call it a rare second-half scare. The Huskies trail in the second half for only the second time of the season, 39-38 with 16 minutes to play, before UConn pulls away with a 13-2 run. The Huskies' 32-30 halftime edge marked just the fourth time during the winning streak that an opponent was within two points at the break. Tiffany Hayes has 20 points, Tina Charles adds 19 and Maya Moore tallies 18 points (her 99th career game in double figures) and 10 boards for her 36th career double-double.
• Mechelle Voepel: Relentless Huskies have yet to let up
Win No. 67: UConn 87, at Syracuse 66 (Feb. 24, 2010)
Maya Moore gets Syracuse's number again. Moore follows up last year's 40-point performance against the Orange with a season-high 38 points and career-high 20 rebounds. Moore is just the second Huskies player to reach the 30-point, 20-rebound threshold, joining Rebecca Lobo, who had 32 points and 21 rebounds against Boston College on Feb. 16, 1994. The Huskies clinch at least a share of the Big East regular-season title for the 18th time in program history. UConn has won every game this season by at least 12 points and each game of its win streak by at least 10.
Win No. 68: UConn 84, Georgetown 62 (Feb. 27, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Tina Charles falls one point shy of her career high, tallying 33 points and 15 rebounds as UConn clinches its 18th regular-season title outright (and fourth straight). Hitting 14 of 16 field goals, Charles (2,166 career points, 1,264 career rebounds) comes up huge in her final regular-season home game, moving into third place on UConn's career scoring list. She needs just 13 points and five rebounds to take over the top spot in both categories. Though UConn trails for 8 minutes, 27 seconds in the first half, the team's senior class (Charles, Jacquie Fernandez, Meghan Gardler, Kalana Greene and Kaili McLaren) improves to 136-6. The Huskies, 21-0 against Top 25 teams during the streak, have won all 68 games by double digits and by a 32.8 average margin of victory. The Huskies are 10-0 against ranked teams this season, winning by an average of 23.9 points. UConn also owns a 56-game home winning streak in Storrs and Hartford. No opponent has shot better than 50 percent from the field against UConn in 219 consecutive games, dating to March 2004 (Boston College).
Win No. 69: UConn 76, at Notre Dame 51 (March 1, 2010)
Tina Charles scores 18 points and grabs eight rebounds to become UConn's career leader in both categories, ending Nykesha Sales' 12-year reign atop the scoring chart and Rebecca Lobo's 15-year rebounding mark. Charles (2,184 points, 1,272 rebounds) and the Huskies also cap a second straight unbeaten regular season, something last done by UConn in 2002-03. It's the program's fifth consecutive season of at least 30 victories and the eighth time UConn has gone undefeated in the Big East regular season.
• Mechelle Voepel: Impressive numbers keep piling up for Charles, UConn
• Graham Hays: Defense remains UConn's biggest, most consistent weapon
• Tina Charles takes over UConn's scoring, rebounding career records
Win No. 70: UConn 77, Syracuse 41 (March 7, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Tina Charles ties her career high with 34 points on 16-for-19 shooting and Maya Moore tallies 16 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as the Huskies tie their own NCAA Division I record for consecutive victories. Each win has been by double digits, and the Huskies boast a 32.8 average margin of victory in the streak. With a layup with 18:39 to play, Moore scores the 2,000th point of her career. Syracuse hits just four of its first 20 field goal attempts and, for the 26th time in the streak, UConn scores more points in the first half than its opponent scores in the entire game.
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• Mechelle Voepel: '70 Oscars for 70 wins
Win No. 71: UConn 59, Notre Dame 44 (March 8, 2010); Hartford, Conn.
The Irish hold UConn to its lowest scoring half of the season, but the Huskies still lead 25-22 at the break. UConn slowly pulls away in the second half for its record-breaking win (again, all 71 have been by double digits) and a spot in the Big East final. Tina Charles scores 16 points and grabs 17 rebounds, Kalana Greene tallies 15 points and seven rebounds and Maya Moore adds 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
• Mechelle Voepel: UConn as close to perfect as possible
Win No. 72: UConn 60, West Virginia 32 (March 9, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
The Huskies capture their 16th Big East tournament championship behind Kalana Greene's 15 points and 12 rebounds. The tournament's most outstanding player, Greene makes her first seven shots as UConn beats its 14th top-10 opponent, winning by an average of 26.3 points. Maya Moore and Tina Charles have somewhat off nights; Charles scores 12 points and Moore adds 10, but the two combine to make just three of their first 22 field goal attempts.
• Mechelle Voepel: Greene steps up to lead UConn
Win No. 73: UConn 95, Southern 39 (March 21, 2010; Norfolk, Va., NCAA tournament first round)
Tina Charles scores 22 points and Maya Moore has 21 as the top-seeded Huskies score more points in the first half (52) than Southern manages for the game. Moore leads the way, hitting four 3-pointers for 17 points by halftime. UConn looks even more dominant in a 21-2 run to open the second half. UConn shoots 61.5 percent from the field and outrebounds 16th-seeded Southern 52-22.
Win No. 74: UConn 90, Temple 36 (March 23, 2010; Norfolk, Va., NCAA tournament second round)
It's a matchup between Geno Auriemma and former assistant turned Temple head coach Tonya Cardoza, but it's not even close. The Huskies play a nearly perfect first half, shooting 78 percent, holding Temple to five field goals and just 12 points in taking a 43-point halftime lead. Maya Moore makes all six of her 3-point attempts, and the Huskies at one point go on a 20-0 run against the eighth-seeded Owls. Auriemma celebrates his 54th birthday in style.
Win No. 75: UConn 74, Iowa State 36 (March 28, 2010; Dayton, Ohio; NCAA tournament Sweet 16)
Maya Moore does the work early again, scoring 16 points in the opening nine minutes to blow open the game. By night's end, UConn sets a tournament record by winning its first three games by a combined 148 points, easily surpassing the previous record of 131 set by UConn in 2000 and 2001. Iowa State enters the contest as one of the country's top 3-point shooting teams but settles for a 6-for-25 effort from behind the arc. As Cyclones coach Bill Fennelly says, "I don't think I've had a whipping like that since I was a little kid and broke something of my mom's.
[UConn] is arguably the best team I've ever seen."
• Graham Hays: Moore, Charles shine on offense, but UConn's real strength is its defense
Win No. 76: UConn 90, Florida State 50 (March 30, 2010; Dayton, Ohio; NCAA tournament Elite Eight)
The Huskies beat the Seminoles by 40 points for the largest margin of victory ever in the Elite Eight. Tina Charles tallies 20 points and 14 rebounds and Maya Moore, fighting foul trouble, adds 22 points as UConn wins its first four NCAA tournament games by a record 188 points (a 47-point average margin of victory). How good were the Huskies? Geno Auriemma, usually very hard to please, sighed after the game: "We got on this run and
I don't know how to explain it. We're good though." How good? "Boy, [the Huskies] make you play ugly," Florida State coach Sue Semrau said. "We missed a ton of shots but that's because they did such a great job in every area."
• Graham Hays: Foul trouble can't stop Moore, Charles
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Win No. 77: UConn 70, Baylor 50 (April 4, 2010; San Antonio, Texas; Women's Final Four)
It looks like a blowout early on against 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner and fourth-seeded Baylor, which trails by 13 at halftime. Then the Lady Bears trim the deficit to three points just five minutes into the second half. But as Baylor pulls within 41-38, UConn just pulls away. Maya Moore does most of the damage, scoring 38 points to set a single-game record in the national semifinals and adding 12 rebounds. Tina Charles gets a double-double, too, with 21 points and 13 boards. During one of the most pivotal runs of the game, with UConn leading just 45-40, Moore scores six points in an 8-0 run as the Huskies extend the lead. "I liked coaching tonight. We've played a lot of basketball this year and there haven't been a lot of opportunities where we've been challenged and pushed to that extent as we were tonight," Geno Auriemma said. "We like the challenge and the competitiveness of the game. Makes you feel like you really accomplished something. We feel like we really earned that win, accomplished something."
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Win No. 78: UConn 53, Stanford 47 (April 6, 2010; San Antonio; national championship game)
For the first time in the win streak, the Huskies win by single digits. And it's by far the ugliest victory of the bunch. The Huskies shoot 17 percent in the first half and score just a dozen points -- a record for futility for a half in program history -- as Stanford leads 20-12 at halftime. Tina Charles is 1-for-6 from the field and Maya Moore 2-for-8. As Geno Auriemma said of UConn's offense, "This is the worst I've ever seen it. We miss a couple shots, now we're in a hurry. We miss a couple more, now we're in even more of a hurry. [We] have absolutely no rhythm on offense. They're being very physical in there, and we're not responding very well to it at all." But the second half is a different story as UConn opens the period with a 17-2 run, including 11 points from Moore. The junior finishes with 23 points and 11 rebounds -- and the Final Four's most outstanding player honor. Charles adds nine points, 11 rebounds and six blocks, and her defensive effort on Stanford's posts keeps UConn in the game when it can't hit a bucket (the Huskies miss 16 consecutive shots at one point in the first half). By night's end, UConn wins its seventh national championship and posts its second consecutive undefeated season, joining the UCLA men (1971-74) as the only programs to accomplish that feat. And now, the Huskies are just 10 victories shy of John Wooden and the Bruins' NCAA Division I-record 88-game winning streak.
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Win No. 79: UConn 117, Holy Cross 37 (Nov. 14, 2010; Storrs, Conn.)
The Huskies get a quick answer on which player would step up to help Maya Moore now that Tina Charles and Kalana Greene have graduated and after losing Caroline Doty to an offseason injury. In the 2010-11 season opener, Tiffany Hayes hits 11 of her first 13 shots and scores a career-high 32 points -- all but two coming in the game's first 20 minutes to break the UConn record for most points in a half. Bria Hartley (18 points) and Samarie Walker (12 points) shine the brightest among UConn's five-member freshman class.
Win No. 80: UConn 65, Baylor 64 (Nov. 16, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Just when it looks like the streak is in jeopardy, UConn rallies from a 56-48 deficit with 6:42 remaining. It's only the second single-digit win in 80 consecutive victories. The Huskies have a 15-point advantage in the first half but blow the lead, and Baylor is up by one point with 3:03 to play. Maya Moore -- who hits the shot of the game, what Mechelle Voepel terms as a "preposterously remarkable tip-in off a ball that bounced high" after a Baylor shot block -- leads the charge with 30 points, but freshman Bria Hartley scores eight points over the final 3:56, including two clutch 3-pointers, the second of which gives UConn the lead for good. Baylor has the final possession, but with no timeouts is forced to attempt a 30-foot shot that is nowhere close. Freshman Samarie Walker fouls out but is heralded for her defense on 6-foot-8 Baylor star Brittney Griner, who went scoreless for nearly 20 minutes at one point. Griner finishes with 19 points and nine blocks but just 5-of-13 at the free throw line. Said UConn coach Geno Auriemma after the game: "[Bria Hartley] grew up a lot. She's not a freshman anymore now after tonight."
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Win No. 81: UConn 71, at Georgia Tech 51 (Nov. 21, 2010)
Atlanta native Maya Moore returns to her hometown and delivers a 30-point performance in front of Georgia Tech's largest women's crowd (7,325) in school history. The victory moves the Huskies into a tie with Division III school Washington University for the most consecutive wins by a woman's program at any level (Washington won 81 straight from 1998-2001).
Win No. 82: At UConn 86, Howard 25 (Nov. 26, 2010)
Maya Moore scores 20 points (in just 22 minutes), Bria Hartley has 16 and Stefanie Dolson 13 as the Huskies set an NCAA women's basketball record for consecutive victories. It's the first of three games in as many days for UConn, which is hosting the World Vision Classic, and marks the 31st time in UConn's 82-game win streak that the Huskies score more points by halftime (52) than their opponent nets during the game. UConn shoots 56.7 percent from the field and 47 percent (8-of-17) from 3-point range.
Win No. 83: At UConn 81, Lehigh 38 (Nov. 27, 2010)
Maya Moore makes 12 of her first 21 shots and scores 24 of her game-high 29 points in the first half as the Huskies cruise again. More importantly, however, Tiffany Hayes gets back on track with 14 points and nine rebounds. Said Hayes: "One fell in, and my confidence just shot up. I just knew the rest of them were going to drop."
Win No. 84: At UConn 81, LSU 51 (Nov. 28, 2010)
Highlight-reel material isn't hard to come by for the Huskies. Especially for Maya Moore. "She made a couple of plays there at the end that will be in the highlight film for a long, long time," coach Geno Auriemma said. "I had a little conversation with her today, and it's just going to be that kind of season." Moore finishes with 26 points and 12 rebounds; Tiffany Hayes adds 20 points and seven assists.
Win No. 85: UConn 80, at South Florida 54 (Dec. 2, 2010)
With offensive fixtures Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes struggling, freshmen Stefanie Dolson (16 points) and Bria Hartley (13) step up. Said Bulls coach Jose Fernandez: "The big key is how Connecticut practices, how they're prepared."
Win No. 86: UConn 86, Sacred Heart 32 (Dec. 5, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Just eight games into her senior season, Maya Moore scores 17 points and breaks the UConn career scoring record set last season by Tina Charles, who graduated with 2,346 points; Moore finishes the game with 2,355. Moore breaks the mark on a short jumper less than eight minutes into the game.
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Win No. 87: At UConn 79, Marquette 47 (Dec. 9, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
Maya Moore scores a season-high 31 points as the Huskies pull within one victory of UCLA's 88-game streak. UConn puts together a 21-0 run in the second half and holds Marquette scoreless for more than eight minutes. Another streak worth mentioning: The Huskies haven't allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent in 236 straight games.
Win No. 88: UConn 81, Ohio State 50 (Dec. 19, 2010; New York)
No. 88 isn't even close. UConn ties the UCLA men's streak with ease, crushing the nation's 10th-ranked team in front of the second-largest crowd ever to watch a women's basketball game at Madison Square Garden (15,232 fans). Tiffany Hayes nets 26 points and Maya Moore adds 22, and for once, the Huskies hang around for a while after the game and celebrate on the court. Geno Auriemma is absolutely deferential when others try to compare UConn to UCLA or Auriemma to John Wooden, but the coach is happy for his Huskies: "They were unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable. I like to remind my players all the time, you don't stumble and bumble into the history book. You'll have to do it the right way if you want to get in there. It may not come again.
I'm really proud of my players right now."
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Win No. 89: UConn 93, Florida State 62 (Dec. 21, 2010; Hartford, Conn.)
A guy walks into a news conference, and halfway through, a phone rings. "Coach, the president is on the phone for you." OK, we are exaggerating a bit. First came a career-high 41 points from Maya Moore. Then came the Huskies' 89th straight win -- 30 of which were against ranked opponents -- to surpass the UCLA men's streak of 88 consecutive victories. Then the players donned T-shirts with "89 and Counting" on them. Geno Auriemma gushed about his players ("I'll probably remember Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes. And how incredibly difficult it is to play that many games in a row and win 'em all."). He again resisted any comparison to UCLA ("I'm not John Wooden and this isn't UCLA. This is Connecticut, and that's good enough."). And then, as he continued to answer questions from the media, someone handed Auriemma a phone with President Obama on the line waiting to congratulate the Huskies.
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Win No. 90: UConn 85, Pacific 42 (Dec. 28, 2010; Stockton, Calif.)
The Huskies had little trouble with the overwhelmed Tigers, leading by 30 at the half. The bright side for Pacific: the program had its first sellout in school history.
Melanie Jackson is the women's basketball editor at ESPN.com.
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