Now ,I am not much of a basketball fan, but this story is hard to overlook. It is not very often that teams go on an unprecedented run, and change the history of the game, but that is exactly what the women of the UConn basketball team have done. The women’s Basketball team has now gone an incredible 89 games unbeaten in division 1, which is the longest winning streak in the history of the NCAA division.
Stepping up to the Occasion
The stage was set for UConn to set the record as they were set to face Florida State on Tuesday night. UConn defeated Florida 93-62, in Hartford’s XL center. There had been debates before the game, as to whether women’s basketball should be compared to men’s Basketball, but the win pushed the UConn women’s team over the top of the men’s UCLA teams from 71 – 74, who held the previous record of 88 games undefeated.
We are Connecticut
After the game had ended and the interviews started, UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, told various outlets that it was not right to compare the women’s UConn team to the UCLA teams lead by John Wooden. “I do not want to compare my team to anyone else, this team stand on their own” said Auriemma. “I am not John Wooden, and the team is not UCLA” “We are Connecticut, and that is good enough for us” he saluted the juniors and seniors for the way that they have played during the unbeaten run.
The incredible winning streak, started back on the first day of the 2008-2009 season. Their last defeat was in the season previous to the 08-09 season, when they lost to Stanford in the final four.
Up In Arms
Earlier in the week when UConn beat Ohio to tie the record, Geno Auriemma caused somewhat of an uproar by saying that, the team would not be receiving as much attention as they are, if they were a men’s team, but the fact that his team is a women’s team, chasing a men’s record, that is the only reason for the extra exposure they have been receiving. He went on to say that people were up in arms, that a women’s team could possibly break a men’s team record.
Auriemma also went on to say after the game, that he wanted to put past comments behind him and he wanted all the focus to be on Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes, because they had played in every single game during the 89 game winning streak.
My Two Cents
The record that the UConn women have just set is nothing short of incredible, and I find it disheartening that some were angry, that a women’s team, were going to be compared to a men’s team when it came to breaking the record. Shame on them, nothing should be taken away from this remarkable team, its players, the coaching staff and the fans. To go one season undefeated is one thing, but to expand on that and go multiple seasons is a true testament to the amazing setup at UConn, and long may it continue.