Where does UConn rank in women's sports history?

April 01, 2010

There's a bigger streak
Shannon Ryan

Chicago Tribune

While individual female performances make a long and debatable list - from Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs to Jackie Joyner-Kersee's three gold medals - outstanding female teams are harder to come up with. The Connecticut women's basketball team's only rival seems to be UConn, running its tally to 76 straight victories and apparently destined for a seventh national title.

But as much respect as Connecticut deserves, there is another team that has an even more impressive record and receives far less fanfare.

Penn State women's volleyball team personifies dominance. The Nittany Lions won 102 straight matches and have earned the last three national titles, an unprecedented streak in college volleyball. They have not been defeated since Sept. 15, 2007. That's tough to top.


Huskies stand alone
John Altavilla

Hartford Courant

It's not every day an NCAA Division I college basketball program wins 76 consecutive games, all by double-digit margins. And don't bother looking for your date calendar, just in case you thought it happened last week. It has NEVER happened - not by Rupp, Wooden, Smith or Summitt - before this season.

The winning streak the UConn women will carry into the Final Four this weekend is two short of two consecutive unbeaten national championship seasons. It is the most remarkable streak of success in the history of college basketball. And there appears no sign that its time is growing short.


Volunteering an answer
Shannon Owens

Orlando Sentinel

The 76-win streak by the UConn women's basketball team ranks on the top-five list of greatest feats in women's sports, and it is the second-greatest feat in women's basketball.

The No. 1 spot belongs to the magnificent career of Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. She has more career wins than any man or woman who has coached college basketball. Nobody touches that - at least, for now.

But based on the Huskies' long-standing success, Geno Auriemma is on his way to knocking Summitt off the Mount Everest of women's hoops.

Connecticut's accomplishments are only heightened by the fact that they are a targeted team every season. Everyone knows and game-plans for the Huskies, and women's basketball is exploding with parity. That is, of course, outside of the great Huskies.


King made a difference
Ethan J. Skolnick

Sun Sentinel

As a team accomplishment, what compares? College basketball is the highest profile of all the women's team sports. And while American women have achieved great feats in every-so-often international team competitions, from the soccer World Cup to Olympic basketball and ice hockey, UConn's day-to-day basketball dominance stands out.

And still, it doesn't have the social significance of Billie Jean King whipping blowhard Bobby Riggs in the 1973 "Battle of the Sexes." King may not have been the player that Martina Navratilova or even Steffi Graf would become, but her victory was a major factor in women being seen as legitimate athletic competitors. And that's one of the reasons why, when UConn women's basketball can't lose, even casual sports fans take some notice.


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