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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

UConn looks to add to conference winning streak

There's been plenty of discussion surrounding UConn's winning streaks. The Huskies go after their 52nd win a row tonight against Memphis which currently the fourth longest streak in NCAA Division I women's basketball history (two behind Louisiana Tech's 54 straight from 1980-82).

The Huskies have also won 46 consecutive American Athletic Conference games which is the second longest active streak behind Chattanooga's 59 straight (going into today game against Western Carolina). This also happens to be one of the few winning streak records not owned by the Huskies. Texas won 143 games in the Southwest Conference from 1981-90. UConn has the fifth longest conference winning streak of 68 during their Big East days (it is from 2008-11) and also won 53 straight Big East games from 1996-98 (although for some reason that run of victories is not in the NCAA record book).

Barring a monumental upset, UConn could moved into a tie for 10th place with its 53rd consecutive conference win in the Feb. 3 game at Tulane.

Here are the longest conference winning streaks (including conference tournaments) according to the NCAA record book.

143 Texas, Southwest Dec. 9, 1981-Feb. 23, 1990
115 Old Dominion, Colonial Feb. 23, 1995-Feb. 18, 2001
81 Stanford, Pac-12 Jan. 22, 2009-Jan. 6, 2013
77 Louisiana Tech, Sun Belt/WAC 1998-02
68 UConn, Big East Feb. 9, 2008-March 27, 201159 Chattanooga, Southern Jan. 12, 2013-active (59 game vs. Western Carolina tonight)
57 Liberty, Big South Jan. 24, 2002-Feb. 21, 2005
53 UConn, Big East Jan. 4, 1996-Feb. 7, 199853 Baylor, Big 12 Feb. 23, 2011-Jan. 11, 2014
53 Hampton, MEAC Jan. 30, 2012-Jan. 19, 2015
51 Duke, Atlantic Coast Feb. 22, 2001-Feb. 2, 2004
49 Coppin St., Mid-Eastern Feb. 14, 2005-March 9, 2007
HUSKIES LOOK TO START FAST
Tonight wraps up a three-game road trip and perhaps the most noteworthy thing to come out of the first two games is UConn actually trailing longer than it led in the first quarter in wins at Houston and South Florida.

In the first 12 games of the season the Huskies trailed for a grand total of 5:49 in the first quarter with 3:59 coming in the Nebraska game. In the last two games, the Huskies trailed  Houston for 6:58 in the first quarter and was down to USF for South Florida for nearly 7 1/2 minutes.

A couple of other things I thought was worth mentioning:

Memphis sophomore forward Cheyenne Creighton was a key member of the Blessed Pope John Paul II Secondary School team which lost to UConn's Kia Nurse St. Thomas More team in the championship game of the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association 4A title game in 2013.

Nurse tied her season high with 16 points the last time out against South Florida while Creighton is shooting 72 percent from the field in Memphis' last five games.

Breanna Stewart is currently tied with former teammate Kiah Stokes for third place on UConn's career list with 325 blocked shots. Moriah Jefferson needs two assists to move by Laura Lishness and into eight on the career charts in that category and with three steals, she would move by Kelly Faris for the fifth spot.

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