Will the UConn women beat UCLA men's 88 wins in row?

November 18, 2010

No losses in sight

David Teel

Daily Press

Connecticut's road to history and another perfect season has more potholes than the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Huskies' remaining schedule includes 11 games against teams in this week's Top 25, including No. 3 Stanford, No. 6 Duke and No. 7 Ohio State.

But after erasing a late eight-point deficit against No. 2 Baylor on Tuesday — thank freshman Bria Hartley's two cold-blooded 3-pointers — UConn appears destined to break UCLA's record on Dec. 21 against No. 16 Florida State.

The streak will reach 100 against Duke and 117 when the Huskies celebrate their third consecutive national championship.

When does UConn lose? Sometime after senior All-American Maya Moore graduates and coach Geno Auriemma takes over the Lakers from Phil Jackson.

dteel@tribune.com

Heading to triple digits

Ben Bolch

Los Angeles Times

UCLA is going down. The Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game winning streak under John Wooden will fall late next month when the Connecticut women thump Florida State in Hartford, Conn., for their 89th consecutive victory.

Baylor had its chance. Poised to end the streak Tuesday night, the second-ranked Bears were ready to turn the Huskies to mush but couldn't close it out. So the last real threat to Connecticut's history-making run was averted.

The Huskies won't stop at 89, of course. With another star-laden recruiting class set to arrive in Storrs next season that includes two-time Parade All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut is going to take this streak well into triple digits.

bbolch@tribune.com

Beware of Buckeyes

Shannon Ryan

Chicago Tribune

The Huskies' list of accomplishments the last several seasons is otherworldly. Their elite status won't change — even with an eventual loss this season.

The Huskies may have faced the best player they'll see in 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner on Tuesday night, when Connecticut squeaked by Baylor 65-64. But the Huskies haven't yet seen the best team.

After steamrolling through season after season, the No. 1 Huskies will finally hit a roadblock when they meet No. 7 Ohio State on Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden. The Buckeyes return all five starters, including senior center Jantel Lavender, from last season's 31-5 team and boast seasoned veterans and a deep bench.

Ohio State will end Connecticut's streak at 87 wins, one shy of the UCLA men's record.

sryan@tribune.com

Biggest hurdle cleared

John Altavilla

Hartford Courant

There is no doubt now the UConn women are riding the rail to NCAA Division I basketball history. The Huskies beat No. 2 Baylor by one point Tuesday in Hartford to cross a critical bridge in their pursuit of UCLA's 88-game streak under coach John Wooden.

UConn has won 80 in a row, and this one included a comeback from eight down with 6:51 to go. That will only help as games continue.

On Dec. 19 at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Huskies will beat Ohio State to tie the record. On Dec. 21 at the XL Center in Hartford, the Huskies will beat Florida State to set the record. On Dec. 28 in Stockton, Calif., UConn will beat Pacific for win No. 90.

But then comes Stanford on Dec. 30 in Palo Alto, Calif. Can't win them all, right? Oh, wait, UConn does.

jaltavilla@tribune.com

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