On Monday night, the University of CT women's basketball team won its 100th consecutive game in a contested 66-55 win over the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. The Huskies have one game scheduled against a ranked opponent: February 27 against 22nd-ranked University of South Florida Bulls - whom the Huskies beat in January 102-37 (no joke).
Since then, Final Four appearances have become commonplace for CT, and the Huskies have added two more titles, including one that came with last season's 39-0 march to perfection. The Huskies responded scoring the final seven points before the break.
So much went right for SC.
Gabby Williams scored a game-high 26 points with 14 rebounds. "If we win the national championship it is all theirs start to finish". The first one by reserve guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore put the Gamecocks up 24-22 andthe second one by Kaela Davis put SC a three-point advantage. During its current 100 game winning streak, ninety-eight of UConn's 100 victories have come by double figures. The Gamecocks want to win this game, no question, but it's not to avoid being No. 100. What about if they finished each game with their halftime point total?
"There were times in the game that I would look at them, especially when things weren't going our way", Williams said. "I like the personnel we're taking to the game". The largest lead came with 1:59 left when UConn went up by four points.
SC had looked for a signature win against UConn in 2015 in a No. 1-vs.
Staley has worked closely with UConn coach Geno Auriemma the past two years as an assistant on the USA women's national team, helping lead that group to gold at the Rio Olympics.
UConn's streak is the longest in NCAA basketball history but it not the longest in women's collegiate basketball history.
Kiara Perry led SMU with 11 points. "They have the three best players in America, '" Auriemma said. With that, they continued making their record winning streak more insurmountable. "Don't get me wrong, it is a lot of fun, everybody gets a kick out of it, our players, our former players, the fans, so I think that is great".
So it seemed downright audacious Monday night when SC visited Gampel Pavilion and tried to deny UConn one of those outrageous records that only a program like top-ranked UConn can dream of. I believe 10, 20, 30 years from now you will not see any kind of dynasty like what UConn has because much like the men's game there will be too much parity.
One hundred straight wins, two years without ever feeling the sting of defeat, and half a team that's never known what it's like to say, "We tried our best, but." while wearing the blue and white.