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Monday, January 02, 2017

When is a record not a record?

Take it from me, tracking UConn's winning streaks is no easy task.

There is the overall winning streak which is at 88 (two shy of the NCAA record held by UConn), home streaks, streaks against ranked teams and unranked teams. In the last two games there have been plenty of reports that the Huskies set the NCAA Division I women's basketball record for consecutive road victories. That is not true.

The NCAA record book lists the streak at 30 shared by UConn and Notre Dame. The Huskies tied that with a win at Maryland and surpassed it against UCF on Sunday. However, as I previously mentioned in this blog, UConn had a streak of 33 or 34 road wins in a row (there is a tournament UConn in 2002 when the Huskies played the host Hawaii team but I would need clarification to see if that counts as a true road game). I emailed the NCAA trying to get clarification on that streak.

Katie Lou Samuelson is off to one of the best offensive starts in UConn history and when I got home from Orlando I started checking around. The UCF win marked the 50th game in Samuelson's career and the only player in program history with more 3-pointers through 50 games is fellow Mater Dei (Calif.) High School graduate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis.

Mosqueda-Lewis had 128 points through 50 games, Samuelson has 122, Diana Taurasi had 118 followed by Bria Hartley and Maya Moore with 90.

Looking for reasons why UConn is still undefeated? Well, how about the fact that three different Huskies have been named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week this season and none of them were the conference's preseason player of the year who was Kia Nurse.

It was Gabby Williams' turn to be honored by the conference after averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 2 blocked shots per game while shooting 64 percent from the field in wins over Maryland and UCF.

Napheesa Collier and Katie Samuelson have both won the award twice. It's the third time in the four-year history of the conference that three different Huskies receive player of the week honors.

In the 2013-14 season Breanna Stewart was the winner three times, Bria Hartley was a two-time winner and Stefanie Dolson won once. The following year four UConn players were honored by the AAC as Breanna Stewart won the award three times, Morgan Tuck won twice with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Moriah Jefferson being honored once each.

UConn signee Andra Espinoza-Hunter was one of nine players to receive WBCA National High School Player of the Week honors.

Espinoza-Hunter exploded for 51 points in an 86-64 win over Bishop Loughlin. It was Espinoza-Hunter's second 51-point game this season and in nine games she is averaging 41.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3 assists and 3.6 steals per game with 38 3-pointers.


Blogger Donald J. Porter said...

The IMPRESSIVE success of Geno A and the coaches UCONN Women's basketball program is a Lot of fun to observe - year after year. MUCH HARD WORK is almost always rewarded !
1962 grad that REALLY appreciates the HARD WORK of Uconn's women's Basketball program !

6:23 AM 
Anonymous Joe said...

Since the start of the 1988-1989 season, Geno and CD have coached to 925 wins and 95 losses, or a 90.7% winning percentage.

The team qualified for the NCAA tournament every year since then, 28 years in a row, that have included 17 Final Four appearances, including 9 in a row (and counting, we hope!).

Their tournament record (so far) is 111 - 17.

We are in the midst of something magical, enjoy it while you can!!

12:11 PM 
Anonymous Joe said...

PS: since the start of the 2008-2009 season, Geno and CD and staff have compiled a record of 311-12, for a 96.3% winning percentage.

That's an average season of 37.3 wins, 1.5 losses.

Truly extraordinary.

10:43 AM 

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