UConn Basketball Grabs 85th Straight Win

The University of Connecticut (UConn) women’s basketball team defeated the ladies of Ohio State University on Monday night to extend their winning streak to 85 straight games.

The current winning streak record for both men’s and women’s basketball sits at 90 straight, set by the UConn women from 2008 until 2010.  This was achieved under head coach Geno Auriemma, who is still holding the reigns for this UConn basketball program.

Ohio State was led by Kelsey Mitchell in the loss to the tune of 23 points, three steals, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and one assist.  Mitchell played 38 minutes and shot 9-for-24 from the field.

On the other side of the court, UConn got 27 points from Napheesa Collier and 26 from Katie Lou Samuelson.  The UConn starters stayed on the court for the majority of the game, with no starter playing less than 34 minutes.  Guard Gabby Williams provided UConn with seven points, twelve rebounds, seven assists, six steals and two blocks in a very well rounded night.

While UConn is surely focused on winning each night, they will likely have to deal with even more pressure from the media as they close in on breaking the record set by former UConn squads.  The next 5 to 6 games should be extremely interesting, but none more interesting than the matchup against Maryland on December 29th.

Maryland is currently ranked number four in the standings and is undefeated at 11-0.  The fact that Maryland is the home team makes the game even more exciting.

UConn will have to make sure they don’t ignore their opponents surrounding Maryland as that will make for three straight road games.

UConn will play at Nebraska on December 21st, at Maryland on December 29th, at Central Florida on January 1st, at home against East Carolina on January 4th and at home against South Florida (currently ranked 21) on January 10th.  The big record-breaking game could take place on January 14th as UConn goes on the road to play against Southern Methodist University.

Between the distractions of the holidays and three consecutive road games, UConn could easily fall in to this scheduling trap.  It will be important for coach Auriemma to keep his team focused during this time as they rush towards this record.

Be sure to tune in to the site after the turn of the New Year to see where the UConn ladies sit in their quest for history!

John Sill