May. 13, 2016
UConn Gets 100th Straight Win!
100 and counting!
It seems like whenever UConn Women's Basketball does something, it's a big deal. Girls who play basketball and want to play in college dream of playing at UConn and winning national championships, which UConn has won 11 times, 4 of those in the last four years. The last loss that Head Coach Geno Auriemma and UConn faced was back in 2014 against Stanford (THAT'S 118 DAYS) 86-88 in overtime, which ended their 90-game streak.
The No. 1 ranked Huskies took on No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks at UConn where it was a sold out crowd. There was the question whether or not UConn could still be dominate without superstar Breanna Stewart, who was the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA draft before UConn teammates Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck were picked No. 2 and No. 3 overall. The team only lost 5 games in the 4 years that Stewart, Jefferson, and Tuck were playing.
In recent history of most wins by a University, the Miami Men's Tennis team has 137 straight wins, the BYU-Hawaii Women's Tennis team has 130, and Penn State University Women's Volleyball has 109. UConn joins the club with 100 and counting, making them the first team in history, both men's and women's basketball, to make history like that.
The Huskies almost received a loss the first game of the season when Florida State came very close to win, but lost by 2 points in the final seconds. Fast forward and the Huskies have broken their own previous winning streak at 90-games and have now made history with 100.
The University of South Carolina Gamecocks have always been a good matchup for the Uconn Huskies because the Head Coach for the Gamecocks is Dawn Staley, who played in the WNBA and has coached along the side of Huskies Head Coach Geno Auriemma during the Rio Summer Olympics. South Carolina is 1st place in SEC and has won the last 15 of 16 games before meeting with UConn in this historic game.
South Carolina held their ground in the first half by staying consistent in points with UConn. A'ja Wilson stayed down in the post to get great shots up offensively to keep the Gamecocks not too far down in points. UConn's sophomore Katie Lou-Samuelson was 0-8 and didn't make any shots until the third-quarter. However, UConn's defense and passing ability was really what held the Huskies to stay on top of the Gamecocks in the second half, blocking shots and getting turnovers. With just 1:40 left on the clock in the fourth, the Huskies would manage to secure a 13-point lead. Junior Gabby Williams had a career-high with 26 points to lead the Huskies to the quest for 100.
UConn (25-0) ended the night with a victory over South Carolina (21-3) 66-55, and will now keep the streak going.
100 and counting.