UConn can top UCLA streak today
Top-ranked Huskies play No. 22 Florida State in trying for 89th straight win.
NEW YORK — UCLA’s 88-game winning streak had just been snapped by Notre Dame in 1974 when Bruins coach John Wooden was asked how long it would be before somebody beat the streak.
“I have no idea how long it will be before somebody else wins that many. I know it takes at least three years,” he replied.
Try nearly 37 years. And the University of Connecticut women’s team can do it tonight.
Coach Geno Auriemma and his players — just Huskies, never the Lady Huskies — have been so dominant that some in the sports world have even suggested their overwhelming success is no good for the game.
Auriemma took the debate a step further Sunday after UConn’s 88th straight win, questioning whether there is a gender bias against his team.
“The reason everybody is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men’s record, and everybody is all up in arms about it,” he said.
There is no dispute, however, that the streak has raised the profile of women’s basketball by daring to compare UConn’s accomplishment to one of the most revered numbers in sports history orchestrated by one of its most hallowed figures.
“Whether you agree or disagree with the time, the era, the competitive balance — whatever your take on it is, you can put any spin you want on it,” Auriemma said. “You can make it better, the same or less — it’s just a matter of how you look at it.”
UCLA great Bill Walton, who was instrumental in the Bruins’ run, said his former coach — who died earlier this year — was aware of UConn’s streak.