Move over John Wooden, because Geno Auriemma now stands alone.
Auriemma and the top-ranked Connecticut women's basketball team won their record-breaking 89th straight game on Tuesday night, defeating No. 20 Florida State 93-62 at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut.
Prior to UConn's streak, the longest winning streak in Division I college basketball was set by John Wooden and the UCLA men's basketball team from 1971-74, when they won 88 games in a row.
As has been the case for most of UConn's wins during the streak, their opponent, Florida State, never stood a chance. Connecticut (11-0) jumped out to a 20-11 lead in the early going and never looked back.
Maya Moore paced the Huskies offensive attack, finishing with a career-high 41 points and 10 rebounds. Bria Hartley added 21 points and Tina Hayes had 14 points for Connecticut. The Huskies shot a remarkable 61.1% from the field and made 8-of-16 three pointers. In addition, Connecticut finished with 29 rebounds, 22 assists, nine steals, six blocks and had 21 turnovers.
Florida State was led by Cierra Bravard, who scored 19 points and had six rebounds. The Seminoles (9-3) fought hard all night long, but in the end were simply outplayed and out hustled by an unforgeable team from Uconn.
Naturally, there had been a lot of talk comparing Auriemma and Wooden as UConn approached the record-setting win. Yet Auriemma quelled that debate once and for all with one quote following Tuesday night's historic victory.
"I'm not John Wooden and this isn't UCLA," coach Geno Auriemma said (via Associated Press). "This is Connecticut and that's good enough."
Greg Wooden, the 47-year old grandson of legendary coach John Wooden, was one of the 16,294 fans in attendance to watch UConn break the record.
"My grandfather would have been thrilled. He would have been absolutely thrilled to see his streak broken by a women's basketball team," Wooden said (via Associated Press/Yahoo! Sports). "He thought, especially in the last 10 years, that the best basketball was played at the collegiate level - and it wasn't by the men."
UConn's streak began on November 16, 2008, with an 82-71 win over Georgia Tech in Storrs. The rest, as they say, is history. Connecticut has posted back-to-back 39-0 seasons, both of which resulted with national championship titles. Eleven games into this season, the Huskies look like they may be on the way to another title.
The debate will go on for decades as to which winning streak is greater, UConn's or UCLA's. But regardless of personal opinion, one fact rings true: 89 is greater than 88, and that simply cannot be changed. Ever.