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UConn wins 89th in a row, breaks UCLA’s record

by Derrick Johnson on December 22, 2010

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has won seven national championships and completed an astonishing four undefeated seasons. On Tuesday night in Hartford, he added another accomplishment to the list.

Led by 41 points from Maya Moore, the Huskies beat Florida State 93-62 to extend their winning streak to 89 games, breaking the Division I record set by John Wooden’s UCLA men’s team in the ‘70s.

UConn's last loss was in the 2008 Final Four to Stanford, but since then they have been dominant. During the streak, the Huskies have won by an average of more than 33 points, and only 2 of their 89 wins were by fewer than 10 points.

And Number 89 was much like the previous 88. The No.1 ranked Huskies controlled the game against No. 22 Florida State from the opening tip. Moore scored 26 in the first half, and UConn led by 27 at the break.

Moore’s career high was supported by 21 points from freshman standout Bria Hartly and 14 points from Tiffany Hayes

While this the latest Husky winning streak, it is not the first. From 2001 to 2003, the Diana aurasi-led UConn won a then-record 70 games in a row before losing in the Big East tournament. Although many fans may be eager to liken this incarnation of the Huskies to Wooden’s Bruins, Auriemma doesn’t invite the comparison.

"I don't want my team to compare themselves to anyone," he told The Associated Press afterward. "I'm not John Wooden and this isn't UCLA. This is Connecticut and that's good enough."

Auriemma also got a surprise phone call from President Barack Obama during the post-game press conference, who chimed in to offer his congratulations. Wooden’s grandson Greg was also on hand to offer his congratulations saying that his grandfather, who passed away in June, would have been thrilled.

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