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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

UConn leaves little doubt in winning 89th in a row

Once UConn walked out of the XFINITY Center with a hard-earned victory over Maryland there wasn't a question that the Huskies would be going after the record-tying 90th straight win when nationally-ranked South Florida comes to the XL Center on Jan. 10. However, it has been impressive to watch how quickly the Huskies have started off the games against overmatched UCF and East Carolina teams.

Tonight the Huskies jumped out to leads of 11-0, 15-1 and 22-3 en route to a 90-45 win over East Carolina for win No. 89 in a row.

"The last two games we have done a good job of coming out and creating a tempo in the game and
imposing our will," UConn junior guard Kia Nurse said. "Today especially we moved the ball really well, got up and down in transition."

Napheesa Collier, who led UConn with a game-high 21 points, took it a step further.

"It has been stressed to us that it doesn't matter what the score is, we still play Connecticut
basketball," Collier said. "You are still playing for our school, you have to be held to a certain standard. We don't want to play the scoreboard, we try to use every game to get better."

Auriemma wished his team was outwardly more emotional but he can't argue with the results with seven wins over ranked teams so far this season.

"They are determined to win, that might be more accurate for them," Auriemma said. "They don't get caught up in any of it. It (the 2010-11 team) was a very emotional team, this team generally speaking is kind of unemotional, duds. You look at them and there is nothing. These guys are like whatever, this is what we are going to do. Who am I to change it?"

UConn doesn't play again until South Florida comes to town on Tuesday. It is the longest break between the games for the remainder of the regular season so it will give the UConn coaches a chance to work on some things they haven't liked in the first 14 games of the season.

Auriemma won't have many flaws to address with how the game started.

"That first five, six minutes of the game, that would have been amazing regardless of who we were playing, that was an incredible run right at the beginning," Auriemma said.

Before the game Auriemma received his trophy for winning USA Basketball Co-Coach of the Year from former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey and UConn director of athletics David Benedict.

"He is one of the most incredible human beings I have ever met," Auriemma said of Dempsey who was elected USA Basketball Chairman in November. "I've never been fascinated and absolutely enthralled by anybody more than all the time I spent with General Dempsey whether it is dinner at his house, having a couple of drinks at the Olympics, at the Pentagon, all the times I have been around him it never ceases to amaze me the things that he has done, the way he handles situations, his perspective on the world and where we are, I wish he had run for President."

Also, the NCAA record book listed the women's Division I record for consecutive road wins at 30 before the season. However, I reached out to the NCAA and they confirmed to me that a 34-game streak by UConn from 2001-04 was never entered into the database and that is indeed the current record. UConn is currently at 31 road wins in a row and the record-tying 34th straight could come against East Carolina on Jan. 24.

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