UConn Women Make History With 89th Consecutive Win

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    HARTFORD, CT - DECEMBER 21: The Connecticut women's basketball team celebrates after a win over Florida State on December 21, 2010 in Hartford, Connecticut. Connecticut set a record with 89 straight wins without a defeat. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

    The UConn women now stand alone at the top.  With a 93 - 62 win over Florida State, the Huskies now have 89 consecutive wins, which is now the longest winning streak in college basketball history.

    Maya Moore led the way with a career-high 41 points and 10 rebounds.  Bria Hartley chipped in another 21 points for the team, who hasn't lost since April 6, 2008.

    The XL Center in Hartford was sold out, with more than 16,000 fans, to witness the historic event.  Some of those who attended included Governor M. Jodi Rell, Bill Walton, even John Wooden's grandson, Greg.

    On Sunday, UConn matched the 88-run streak UCLA set between 1971 and 1974 under the direction of legendary coach Wooden.

    Greg Wooden said his grandfather would have wanted to be there with him. "I kind of thought that somebody should come here from the family and show support," the 47-year-old Wooden said. "Certain players have said they're not really supportive of the streak, and I know my grandfather would have loved to have been here to see this."

    During a news conference after the game, President Obama called to congratulate Auriemma on their tremendous win.

    UConn went into the game ranked number one on the Associated Press poll for the 50th week in a row.

    But, head coach Geno Auriemma said this was not destiny. It was hard word.

    “If you listen to what everybody says, we have the five best players in the country. We get whoever we want. This is expected. The reality is they commit to something. They are relentless and they don't settle for whatever,” Auriemma said.

    "The tradition of excellence continues as our UConn women continue to rewrite the record books. What they have accomplished is phenomenal and one more win will clearly set them in a class by themselves," Rell said. "I urge all UConn fans to show their pride and support by wearing blue and white to the office or in classrooms."

    While no men's team has approached UCLA's record set from 1971-74, Auriemma and UConn once came close. The Huskies won 70 straight in the early 2000s before tripping up against Villanova. That was a record that many thought would never be achieved again.

    But here we are. UConn hasn't lost since the 2008 NCAA tournament.

    "I like to remind my players all the time, you don't stumble and bumble into the history book," Auriemma said. "You'll have to do it the right way if you want to get in there. It may not come again."