January 03, 2011- The ball is an inch smaller and two ounces lighter and the players may not run quite as fast or jump as high as the men. However, there are still swift breaks, clean passes, 3-point line jumps and even blocked shots. Opposite to what some people may have chosen to believe, women’s basketball is actually the same game as the men’s. There are two baskets, one ball and five players a side.
The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team won their 89th consecutive game December 21st, in Hartford, with a powerful 93-62 win over No. 22 Florida State. Whether you choose to believe that the victory destroyed the UCLA’s men’s winning streak of 88 straight victories from 1971-74, it’s impossible to overlook — and difficult to truly understand — what the Huskies have accomplished over the past two and half seasons.
It’s not just the wins, however, it’s the utter dominance the Huskies have shown that makes this streak so breathtaking. Maya Moore and Company have trailed for an astounding total of 13 minutes, 21 seconds in the second half since the journey to win #89 began — and most of this came in a victory against No. 2 Baylor on November 16.
The 31-point margin versus Florida State was in fact less than the 33 points-per-game margin the Huskies have averaged during the streak. UConn has won by almost 25 points per match, even when they played against ranked teams.
“Like it or not, we made you pay attention,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “But don’t blame me. I’m just the messenger. We’re just out here to win games.”
They have done that as well as anyone out there, at any time. Yes, even as well as the tremendous UCLA teams in the early 70’s under John Wooden.