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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A sense of what could have been for UConn

While there's no way of knowing how the 2014-15 season would have played out had UConn been able to close out the game against Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014.

The Huskies lead by six points with less than two minutes to play before Amber Orrange scored seven points in the final 26 seconds of the second half including the game-tying 3-pointer with four seconds to go. Stanford would emerge with the thrilling overtime victory to snap the Huskies' 47-game winning streak. All UConn did was win the final 37 games that season and head into tomorrow's Memphis game with a 14-0 record. Yes, that makes UConn 98-1 over its last 99 games so had things happened a little differently, the Huskies could be going for win No. 100 in a row.

"I just mentioned that to somebody that the other day that the happiest person in the world after the fact that we lost that game was me," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Somewhere along the line we would have lost again, no question about that, but it did enter my mind. We have talked about (junior guard) Saniya Chong being 90-1 or whatever it is and the only game we lost is when she started (against Stanford). It is frightening."

For the record, UConn is 92-1 since Chong arrived as the lone recruit in the summer of 2014.
"That is a big number." said sophomore guard Kia Nurse, who has a 52-1 record since her arrival including a 50-0 record when she is in the starting lineup. "Obviously we didn't want that lose but we did learn from it and we got better. One hundred, wow that would be really cool. It is pretty impressive what the program has done over the years. People have come before us and they kind of set the slate to understand what it takes to be able to play here."

UConn owns the top Division I women's basketball winning streaks during the NCAA era with 90 (from 2008-11) and 70 straight wins, set from 2001-03, while Louisiana Tech won 54 straight from 1980-82. It should be noted that before the NCAA era that Wayland Baptist won 131 straight games from 1954-58.

Speaking of winning streaks, UConn goes for its 47th straight American Athletic Conference win when the conference tournament is factored in. It is the third longest in program history as the Huskies won 68 and 53 straight leagues while a member of the Big East. With six more AAC wins in a row, the Huskies would move into a tie for 10th place for most consecutive conference wins. Texas holds the record with 143 straight Southwest Conference wins from 1981-1990.

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