STORRS The numbers simply defy explanation and are hard to put into context. With a victory over sixth-ranked SC, the top-ranked Huskies will win one-hundred games in a row.
The UConn women's basketball team pulled off an incredible feat on Monday night, winning their 100th straight win with a 66-55 victory over SC.
This season alone, UConn has defeated six teams ranked in the top eight: Baylor, Florida State, Maryland, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Texas. CT reeled off 47 consecutive wins before the current run. But Connecticut, give them credit for doing it as long as they have. "The selflessness, the toughness, the drive to get better".
All the Huskies have done since is make it look astonishingly easy.
"This is a special time".
Duke coach Gail Goestenkoers will rely on such stars as guard-forward Alana Beard, who has also received some national player awards; 6-4 forward Iciss Tillis; 5-10 guard Shana Mosch, and 6-1 forward Michele Matyasovsky of Somerdale, N.J.
Asked to put the 100 straight wins into perspective, Auriemma said, "I can't wrap my head around it".
- Coach Dawn Staley has led the Gamecocks to their sixth-straight 20-win season after the program had just two such seasons in the Southeastern Conference era before her arrival. The Huskies will go for win No. 101 on Saturday against Tulane, and have just four games remaining to complete their second consecutive undefeated season.
"It is weird kind of existence because you are in such a unique position where there is that balance between celebration and focus", Moore said. It can be a grind, it can be overwhelming. She led UConn to two of its 11 national championships. Seventy-one have come by at least 30 points. "Some kids don't handle it very well, they break".
They came away victorious in each one. I would love to (play UConn again). Other kids they struggle with it, they struggle with the expectations, they struggle with the weight of it.
No one in the whole world thought that UConn would do the impossible, and yet they did.
When the game ended she received a huge hug from assistant coach Marisa Moseley before joining her teammates in celebrating the historic win.
At UConn, she comes off the bench.
The Huskies, though, had shown resilience all season long.
"She's a really good player", said Collier about A'ja Wilson.
Gampel Pavilion was packed to the rafters tonight as the UConn women's basketball team made history on their home court.
"I know that in order to be the best, " Stringer said, "you have to play the best and we've always subscribed to that mindset".