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Monday, January 16, 2017

UConn, winning go hand in hand

When a program records six undefeated seasons - with a chance at a seventh - it is hard to get too worked up about clinching a winning season but the fact remains that Saturday's win at SMU guaranteed that the Huskies will finish with a winning record for the 31st season in a row.

For those wondering, that ranks fifth in NCAA Division I women's basketball history breaking a tie with Long Beach State.

Tennessee sets the pace with 46 straight winning seasons and sitting at 10-6, a 47th in a row is more than likely. Louisiana Tech had 39 consecutive winning campaigns that ended in 2012 which was matched by Green Bay last season and with a 15-2 record, No. 40 is a forgone conclusion. Georgia is next with 37 in a row but currently with a 10-8 record and with nine of the 11 remaining regular-season games against teams with winning records, time will tell if it gets to 38 straight winning seasons.

UConn had one winning season before Geno Auriemma's arrival and that came in 1980-81 when Jean Balthaser guided the Huskies to a 16-14 record. UConn went 14-13 in 1986-87, Auriemma's second season. Two years later they went 24-6 and the rest is history. UConn has spent 11 days with a losing record since the 1988-89 season.

UConn junior forward Gabby Williams has been named the American Athletic Conference's Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.

Williams averaged 15 points, 11.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists in victories over South Florida and SMU. UConn players have won six of the American's 10 Player of the Week awards this season.


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