UConn spreads the wealth en route to 98th straight win
Well, it took a while.
I only have the game by game totals dating back to the 1994-95 season and that happens to be the last time it happened as UConn followed its 32-assist showing against Iona with 31 against California five days later.
The Huskies matched that with 32 against Tulsa followed by 31 tonight against Cincinnati. Those also happen to be the only two times since the 1994-95 season when the Huskies had at least 60 assists in back to back games.
Napheesa Collier and Gabby Williams led the way with six assists each against the Bearcats while Kia Nurse, Crystal Dangerfield and Katie Lou Samuelson had five assists each.
In the last two games Williams leads the way with 12 assists followed by Dangerfield's 11. Collier and Nurse have nine each, Saniya Chong has eight (with no turnovers) and Katie Lou Samuelson finished with five in the two games.
The 63 assists matches the best two-game total I could find dating back to the 1994-95 campaign.
Here's the list of 30-assist games since the 1994-95 season
34 vs. Western Michigan (95-46) Nov. 23, 2003
34 vs. Quinnipiac (117-20) Dec. 27, 1998
33 vs. Georgetown (107-45) Jan. 2, 2001
32 vs. Tulsa (96-50) Feb. 5, 2017
32 vs. Charleston (103-39) Nov. 11, 2012
32 vs. Dartmouth (95-47) Mar. 20, 2005
32 at Providence (95-68) Feb. 2, 1997
32 vs. Northeastern (96-34) Dec. 29, 1995
32 vs. Iona (101-42) Dec. 23, 1994
31 at Cincinnati (96-49) Feb. 7, 2017
31 vs. South Florida (102-37) Jan. 10, 2017
31 vs. SMU (102-41) Feb. 4, 2014
31 at Temple (93-56) Jan. 28, 2014
31 vs. Florida State (83-71) Dec. 21, 2008
31 vs. St. John's (118-44) Feb. 23, 2001
31 vs. Syracuse (100-74) Feb. 18, 2000
31 at Seton Hall (88-45) Dec. 8, 1999
31 vs. California (99-52) Dec. 28, 1994
30 vs. Oregon (114-68) Nov. 20, 2013
30 vs. Holy Cross (117-37) Nov. 14, 2010
30 vs. Stony Brook (98-35) Nov. 11, 2007
30 vs. Buffalo (107-40) Nov. 19, 2004
30 vs. Hampton (116-45) Mar. 17, 2000
30 vs. Georgetown (94-75) Feb. 5, 1995
UConn also made more history with its 36th road win in a row. The Huskies already owned the NCAA women's basketball record with 35 straight road victories but now surpassed the men's Division I record of 35 set by Kansas from 1924-28. There are no records for consecutive road wins at the men's Division II and III level in the NCAA record book. It was also the 98th straight win for the Huskies, another NCAA record..
Also, it was UConn's seventh straight game with at least 90 points matching the longest run of such games in program history as the Huskies also accomplished the feat against North Carolina State, Iona, California, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, St. John's and Providence during the 1994-95 season.
As for individual accomplishments, Collier was 10 for 10 from the field as she joins Breanna Stewart and Rebecca Lobo as the only Huskies to attempt at least 10 field goals in a game without missing.
The NCAA lists four Division I women's players as shooting 100 percent from the field this season. Austin Peay's Tearra Banks was 11 for 11 from the field in a 79-64 win over Tennessee State on Feb. 4. Kelsey Lang of Texas was 11 for 11 against New Orleans on Dec. 20, 2016. Jazmyne Bartee of CSU Bakersfield was 10 for 10 in an overtime win over Utah Valley on Jan. 21 while Ohio State's Tori McCoy was also 10 for 10 in a Dec. 7 game against Southern University.
UCONN SIGNEES SHINE ON SENIOR NIGHT
UConn signees Lexi Gordon and Megan Walker both led their teams to victories on Senior Night.
Gordon finished with 33 points in a 58-50 win over Byron Nelson while Walker had 20 points in undefeated Monacan's 80-22 win over Manchester.
Playoffs will be up next for the two of them. I'm also waiting to see the playoff schedule for UConn signee Mikayla Coombs. Andra Espinoza-Hunter's Ossining (N.Y.) High team wraps up the regular season with a home game against Gill St. Bernard's on Saturday.