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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | January 14, 2017

UConn breaks own record with 91st straight win

  The Huskies toppled SMU on Saturday afternoon to reach the milestone.

This was supposed to be a down season for UConn women's basketball, at least for the program's standards.

The Huskies came into the season ranked No. 3 in the AP preseason poll and stared straight at an unforgiving opening schedule filled to the brim with ranked nonconference foes that shared one common goal -- knocking off the four-time defending champs. Surely, with a rather inexperienced roster and little room to breathe in its schedule, UConn would suffer a setback.

But that hasn't happened yet for the 16-0 Huskies, who just surpassed their own record for most consecutive wins in women's basketball history. With an 88-48 win over Southern Methodist Saturday afternoon, the Huskies clinched their unprecendented 91st straight victory, stretching all the way back to November 2014.

The win snaps UConn's own record for consecutive victories, which was set by Geno Auriema's squad from 2008-11. The last time the Huskies lost before this current streak came on Nov. 17, 2014 in an 88-86 overtime duel with Stanford.

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UConn's streak has been nothing short of impressive. The 91-game run includes 32 victories on the road and nine wins over AP top five-ranked opponents. All but two of the wins were by double digits.

The Huskies finished a perfect 38-0 last season en route to earning the program's 11th all-time national title. A perfect regular season may once again be in order this year, as UConn faces just one opponent currently ranked in the AP poll the rest of the year.

That lone matchup will be a major test down the stretch, however, as the current No. 5 team in the nation South Carolina makes a trip to Storrs, Connecticut on Feb. 13. If UConn enters that matchup undefeated, the Huskies would be going for the century mark with 99 straight wins already on the board.

But before going for win No. 100, UConn's next step toward No. 92 comes on the road against Tulsa on Tuesday.

 

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