UConn women's basketball swishes to a new record

UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson center smiles after she is fouled and picked up by her teammates during the first half against SMU on Saturday in Storrs

Rather, she chooses to see the run that could reach 100 straight victories Monday night as a repeat of history.

UConn though has absurd depth and Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points to lead the team. They've beaten them all, with wins over No. 2 Maryland on the road (the Terrapins' only loss) and against Florida State and Baylor, which both tied at No. 4 in the rankings this week. Auriemma said. "I said, 'I can't answer that question".

"It's been hard watching, but I'm enjoying rooting for them and cheering them on".

This was a first weekend NCAA tournament type of weird game. "I knew that if I would have played in that game, I would have messed everything up".

This is Connecticut's third record-breaking streak this millennium.

From the endless promotional ads of UConn winning "100" to the precedent of what the Huskies had done to the Gamecocks in the past, it was hard to believe SC would keep the game close - and yet they did for quite some time.

It was November 2014 when UConn last lost a game. In 2015, the US Women's Soccer team won an unprecedented third World Cup title. By any measure the streak is among the most impressive in college athletics' history, and the numbers are mind-boggling: 98 wins by double-digits, 56 by 40 or more points, and 28 coming against ranked opponents. Baseball teams strive to win 100 games, and National Basketball Association fans win free food if their team cracks 100 points.

"If this would have been done by last year's team, I think it would have been less heroic because it would have been, 'Well of course they are supposed to do it. Look who they have, '" Auriemma said. UConn won its next game by 9, the one after that by 23, the one after that by 33 and the one after that by 37.

The winning streak has lasted three years so far. On the triumphant bus ride home, Barnes Arico's cell phone rang. "I don't think people who are aspiring to be coaches today could even dream of getting anywhere near that record". Even a team like SC, with a pair of future lottery picks inside in Wilson and Alaina Coates. "We look forward to putting together a rather veteran team (of transfers) that can get things done with this team that is now gaining some valuable experience".

Staley's team-as have most ranked teams-presented CT with its usual handicap of a size disadvantage with Wilson and 6-foot-4 Alaina Coates. The Gamecocks (21-3, 11-1 SEC) will get a shot to regroup Thursday when they host Vanderbilt (12-13, 2-10 SEC) at 7:00 p.m. The Huskies were able to take a 19-16 lead into the second quarter.

At the beginning of the streak, Auriemma gave a halftime interview in which he said it was the worst the team had played in his time as its coach.

But if not Monday night, or sometime this season, just when? Nearly two full years ago, a No. 1 SC team came to Storrs boasting the nation's best defense.

It was also the fourth-highest rated regular season women's game ever across ESPN networks. That's a story. They are exceptional in every way. Against premier competition, the Huskies' average margin of victory in nine games against top-5 opponents has been 14 points.

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