For years, literally years, we’ve watched the Lady Huskies of the University of Connecticut dominate the Women’s college basketball landscape. In fact, dominate could very well be an understatement for how well this team has played in recent history. This week, the world finally saw the 111-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Mississippi State.
Just for some background on how great this team has been during this legendary streak, this is a streak that’s been going on since November 23, 2014. That is 867 days that they remained undefeated. During this streak, the Huskies were never ranked lower than number 3 in the nation. This streak also included 61 wins where they defeated their opponents by 40 or more points. 108 of their wins were games decided by a double-digit margin, so only 3 of their games were close games (according to NCAA.com). And before this streak, they had a 46 game win streak, so yeah this team is pretty good.
UCONN’s women’s basketball is just known for winning, so much so it reached the point where the possibility of them losing just seemed impossible. Whoever they played was always the underdog, so to see them finally lose is a shock to the world. Actually, the fact that the game was close was a surprise, but then for them to lose, on a buzzer beater was something that should be in a movie.
UCONN head coach, Geno Auriemma was very humble in defeat, “Look, nobody’s won more than we’ve won. I understand losing, believe it or not. We haven’t lost in a while, but I understand it. I know how to appreciate when other people win.” It’s good to know that all the winning hasn’t caused him to be arrogant. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Huskies will be be on another streak, but just goes to show you that nothing lasts forever.