The UConn Women’s Basketball team just can’t stop winning. It’s no surprise that they’ve just hit 100 confirmed wins in a row. The record breaker was a 66-55 win over No. 6, South Carolina, at their home venue, Gampel Pavilion. As of right now, they are the only program in NCAA basketball history at any level—men or women—to win 100 consecutive games. How did they do it? Some serious girl power.
The team consists of some pretty powerful women, who have set the standards for college basketball.
Katie Lou Samuelson, a sophomore at UConn, is the Huskies’ leading scorer, at 20.8 points a game. Katie never lets the Huskies’ games get too close. Only two of their 100 wins were by fewer than 10 points, and more than half were by 40 or more. (New York Times)
Seniors like Saniya Chong, Tierney Lawlor and Natalie Butler have all been present since the streak started in 2014. They were there when they broke their own record of 90 straight wins, and they helped carry the team to the big 100.
Junior Kia Nurse put in the most amount of time on the court, playing 31 minutes of the record-breaking game. Napheesa Collier followed closely behind with 30 minutes, and an average of 19 points per game.
Head coach Geno Auriemma is a household name for those who follow college basketball or live in the New England area, however, he constantly attributes the team’s success to the girls.
The Huskies entered this season ranked only third, due to some key losses on the roster: Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson and Morgan Tuck. But UConn has remained in first, and is most likely only going to improve even more. The two highest scorers on the team are just sophomores, having two more years to add on to their victories.