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Posted at 6:48 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Maya Moore, UConn sit atop college basketball with 89-game streak

By Cindy Boren

Their coach says that several sets of players are responsible for the Connecticut Huskies' remarkable and now historic 89-game winning streak, but the player most identified with it will always be Maya Moore.

She scored 26 of her career-best 41 points as the Huskies took a 27-point first-half lead and beat Florida State 93-62 in Hartford's XL Center on Tuesday night, toppling UCLA'S nearly 40-year-old record streak.

"A lot of people come to my mind that have all contributed to this program to where it is today,'' Moore said. "The coaching staff ... just the special group of people that I have around me who invest so much every day in practice. And it's just great to be able to have that be shown to the world."

The record the Huskies broke was set by the UCLA men from 1971-74 under Coach John Wooden. Comparing men's and women's basketball has been a hot debate all week, but it was one that was set aside Tuesday night.

"I don't want my team to compare themselves to anyone," Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma, whose team has not lost since the 2008 NCAA Tournament, said. "I'm not John Wooden and this isn't UCLA. This is Connecticut and that's good enough."

Wooden died this year at the age of 99 and his grandson, Greg, attended Tuesday's game.

"I know there's been some articles, certain players have said they're not really in support of the streak,'' Greg Wooden said. "And I know my grandfather would have loved to be here to see this.

"He thought they [women] were playing basketball closest to his style, especially Connecticut. The way they passed the ball, the way they had quite a few stars that you know could have scored quite a few more points on other teams, but were willing to sacrifice for the best of the team. Because of that they are playing unbelievable basketball. They don't really care who gets the credit, they just want to win.

"I can remember him probably at least 10 years, 12 years, that he really thought the women's game was the best fundamental basketball being played right now. He wasn't into the slam dunk, he wasn't into the showmanship, he just really enjoyed watching he the women's game.''

The player atop that game is Moore. She's 125-2 now in college and is the two-time player of the year. The daughter of Mike Dabney, a guard on the Rutgers University men's basketball team that reached the final four 1976, and Kathryn Moore and has been playing, or trying to play basketball since she was 3.

"Nothing that she does surprises me, not since her freshman year," Auriemma said. "There is something special about that kid. She has ability to rise to the occasion.It would have been very easy tonight for her to be so hyped up she couldn't play, but she's one of the great athletes who understands what her team needs her to do."

ESPN broke down her game last spring...start with the 26-inch vertical leap:

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By Cindy Boren  | December 22, 2010; 6:48 AM ET
Categories:  College basketball  
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Comments

How can a streak on one sport (women's basketball, which uses different equipment than men) beat a streak on another?

Congrats to the ladies on the ladies' record.

Posted by: StikeDC1 | December 22, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Why wasn't there any fanfaire when they broke the '72 Dolphins winning streak? "Breaks" the record? Puleez. Why didn't the NCAA let today's(or even the old) UCLA men's team defend the record? The UConn program deserves congratuations for winning 89 games in a row. Please don't insult our intelligence like this again.

Posted by: TripleH44 | December 22, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Exactly so, it's the LADIES' record...end of story.

Posted by: TripleH44 | December 22, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations. Now go make me a sandwich.

Posted by: paperwc | December 22, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

It's a WOMEN'S record. Plain and simple. The UConn ladies basketball team didn't break any men's record. All of that "breaking the mens record" hoopla is nonsense.

The YConn women do deserve credit for their current streak but let's keep the record in the category it belongs in which is Women's basketball.

Posted by: twilson66 | December 22, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse


This is comparing apples to oranges. Even I can palm a woman's basketball.

They have done well but it is their record, not the men.


Posted by: mortified469 | December 22, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

UCLA at that point is where all the top players in the nation went. You were tops? You went to UCLA. After UCLA took their people, the rest went elsewhere. There were second tier schools, but UCONN was alone at the top. That was a fantastic run, pulled off by the top players in the nation.

UCONN is one of 4 or 5 top tier schools. You're the best? You go to Baylor OR UConn OR Georgia OR one or two others. So UConn doesn't have the monopoly that UCLA did. UConn is playing against tough competition than UCLA did. And they did it playing 1970's UCLA basketball. This record is much much more impressive, and not just in numbers.

You want to call it the women's record? You do that. But make sure you smirk you when you say "men's."

Posted by: capecodner424 | December 22, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone think that this very talented group of young ladies could beat ANY men's college basketball team?

What the record suggests is that most women's college basketball players and teams are simply not very good, as was the case with men's college basketball in the 70's. By concentrating the few very talented players on a single team, they become unbeatable.

Posted by: amazd | December 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Amazing run by UCONN, regardless of what anyone says!!! They do not bypass anyone. their schedules are generally the best each and every season.

UCLA back in the day got the best players and the friends of the program kept them happy. It has been proven but we will not mention that. Their schedules were not half as challenging as UCONN's.

Posted by: mrcox54 | December 22, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

It is an NCAA Division I basketball record - PERIOD! When medal records are broken at the Olympics, nobody is comparing male vs. female or sport vs. sport. It is amazing how many haters there are... What these women have accomplished is amazing and no amount of hatin' will undermine that. If this feat was so easy for a women's team to accomplish, it would have already been done. So, rather than feeling the need to attempt to minimize, all you haters should stop and marvel at this accomplishment because it IS quite an accomplishment and your hatred will never take away what the UCONN Huskies have done. 89 and counting!!!

Posted by: HotArdienteBoricua | December 22, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I was interested in what UConn was doing until I started reading about the "no respect because we're women" crap.

The reason sports is fun is because it's an escape from all the political correctness BS that the Compost spits out every single day.

To read this junk on the sports page made me lose all interest in what UConn is doing.

The team, their coach, and the Compost are all garbage as far as I'm concerned.

If you want to root for a women's basketball team, root for a class act-The Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

They win, have a great fan base, and aren't concerned with what pieces of crap like Geno Auriemma or the Compost have to say about anything.

Pat Summit has no respect for Geno Auriemma. He's a crybaby and everyone knows it.

Geno Auriemma is someone to root against. He's an example of what's wrong with women's sports today.

Go Lady Vols!

Posted by: cbtole2 | December 22, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@ cbtole2 - Oh, stop trying to act as if you were ever really concerned with UCONN's accomplishment. You are clearly a Lady Vols fan and a UCONN hater and NOT because Geno commented about the lack of respect his team was receiving... So, Geno's rant somehow takes away from what these maginificent and talented women have accomplished??? Really? Look, you're hatin' on UCONN because they've done something the Lady Vols will never do and watch out - cause we're gonna topple Pat's championship record next! UCONN! UCONN! UCONN!

Posted by: HotArdienteBoricua | December 22, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations. Now go make me a sandwich.

Posted by: paperwc |


She will if you give yourself a BJ.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 22, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Its a NCAA record. Not an NCAA mens or womans record. In tennis we compare grand slams. Not womans grand slams or mens grand slams. Even in NCAA sports we compare championships. In racing if Danica Patric wins 6 NASCAR championships in a row will it matter what gender she is? What about Ashley Force if she wins 10 NHRA championships? Wins and championships cant be compared by gender. I am sure Andy Roddick can beat both Williams sisters in a tennis match just about every day of the week. But who is the greatest Tennis player between the three? One hint, it aint Roddick.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 22, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

This is like saying Jackie Joyner Kersey is not as great of an olympic athlete as Tyson Gay because he can run faster than she can. Lets do same gender but different catagory. Is a heavyweight champion automatically a greater champion than a middleweight champion just because the heavyweight can beat the middleweight head to head? Only if he accomplishes more. Connecticut accomplished more regarding consecutive wins than UCLA did. Its a record for consecutive wins regardless of gender.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 22, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This is like saying Jackie Joyner Kersey is not as great of an olympic athlete as Tyson Gay because he can run faster than she can. Lets do same gender but different catagory. Is a heavyweight champion automatically a greater champion than a middleweight champion just because the heavyweight can beat the middleweight head to head? Only if he accomplishes more. Connecticut accomplished more regarding consecutive wins than UCLA did. Its a record for consecutive wins regardless of gender.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Blogs are for haters and losers.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

As many have pointed out already, it's the NCAA Women's Record! It cannot be compared to the Men's.

UCLA's is more impressive, in my opinion because (not all-inclusive): lack of ability to dunk (they couldn't in that era. Although, the women rarely dunk, it's still a rule change). It was dubbed "The Lew Alcindor Rule."

Also, when UCLA's streak ended, it ended at the hands of the Notre Dame Fighting Irishranked #2 in the country at that time. The CT Women women may have played ranked opponents, but let's be honest, they aren't on the same level.

Finally, the level of competition. The women do not have the same level of competition as the men do. Yes, back then the best went to UCLA, but it was tougher to get in. UCLA was a tough school academically and athletically.

They just don't compare.

Posted by: taocpa | December 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

taocpa, you conclude that they don't compare and yet you spent three paragraphs comparing the two with the UCLA record coming out the winner.

Why can't each stand on their own?

Posted by: summerandwinter | December 22, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

How can a streak on one sport (women's basketball, which uses different equipment than men) beat a streak on another?
Congrats to the ladies on the ladies' record.

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Exactly, Look-we don't celebrate Duke as the champs of NCAA basketball, but they are the men's champs. Just like UConn is and will be the champs for women's b'ball. Different champs-different records too! If you want the records to be undifferentiated, then have Duke men play UConn women for the deciding championship, then talk about records.

Why can't they just enjoy their record and let it be? In fact, the all-time college winning streak of any sport is 137 by the Miami tennis team from decades back.

Posted by: familynet | December 22, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Whether one agrees or not with the ill-advised comparison of UConn women Bball program with the UCLA men Bball program of years ago, we can't deny the fact that what the UConn team managed to achieved is exceptional. Even as a casual follower of college Bball, I have no doubt that Geno Auriemma is probably the best, among the coaches for women programs across the country. Even before he took the current position at UConn, he showed that he was an excellent coach when he was assisting the current coach at the University of Virginia, a program which began to fall to mediocrity shortly after.

It's sad and inappropriate that one of the readers, who apparently was a supporter of the UTenn program would comment that "Pat Summit has no respect for Geno Auriemma. He's a crybaby and everyone knows it". Watching Ms. Summit's behavior and mannerism along the sidelines, I would root for Mr. Auriemma, every time his team plays UTenn.

Posted by: futboldreamer | December 22, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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