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Rick Nixon | | January 17, 2017

Record-settin UConn named Team of the Week

  Kia Nurse tallied five points and four assists during UConn's 91st win.

In breaking its own NCAA record with its 91st consecutive victory on Saturday, the four-time defending national champion UConn Huskies continue to make setting history look easy.

The Team of the Week, UConn scored the first 21 points in rolling to an 88-48 win over SMU on Jan. 14 in winning the game that set the new all-time mark. UConn (16-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) broke the record of 90 consecutive wins that head coach Geno Auriemma's team first held more than six years ago. UConn matched that mark with a 65-point rout of No. 20 South Florida last Tuesday. Their first 90-game winning streak broke the Division I record of 88 straight wins by the UCLA men's basketball team and famed coach John Wooden.

This season, UConn has continued the roll while being able to boast of having played the No. 1 strength of schedule in the nation. Wins over second-ranked Baylor, third-ranked Maryland and sixth-ranked Notre Dame -- the latter two on the road during non-conference play, have sent a statement that the Huskies aren’t going anywhere as they pursue a fifth straight national title this April in Dallas.

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In scoring the 91 consecutive wins, consider the following numbers that are also currently part of the UConn streak:

• The Huskies haven't lost a game since falling in overtime at sixth-ranked Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014.
• UConn owns four of the five longest winning streaks in Division I women’s basketball history, with winning streaks of 70 (2001-03) and 90 (2008-11) previously.
• UConn has won its last 32 road games, dating back to the overtime loss at Stanford in 2014. They are now within two games of tying its own record of 34 consecutive road wins established from 2000 to 2004.
• The Huskies have won 101 straight true road games against teams that are not ranked in The Associated Press poll. UConn’s last loss to an unranked opponent on that team’s home floor came on December 21, 2004 at Arizona State.
• UConn is 58-0 in American Athletic Conference games in its four seasons since joining that league, plus nine more wins while sweeping through the conference tournament each of the past three seasons.
• The Huskies have won 118 consecutive games against unranked opponents over the past five years, and they have won 293 of the past 294 such games.

In the record-setting win over SMU, sophomore guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson scored 28 points, one short of her career high, on 11-of-21 shooting with five 3-pointers. Napheesa Collier added 19 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for UConn, while Gabby Williams also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds, along with six assists.

UConn will look to extend its record winning straight to 92 straight on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at Tulsa. Peering down the road, the next winning streak milestone in sight is the possibility of posting a 100th consecutive win on Feb. 13 at home against South Carolina, currently ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll.

Honorable mention teams of the week: Belmont, Bucknell, DePaul, Drake, Fordham, Northern Colorado, Little Rock, Long Beach State, Maryland, Northern Iowa, Quinnipiac, Radford, Troy and Wyoming.

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