Division I Record For UConn Women’s Basketball

Maya Moore and the rest of the UConn team performed wonderfully Tuesday night.  The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team now has the longest winning streak in the NCAA Division I history.  They won their 89th consecutive game Tuesday night, taking down Florida State in a 93-62 match.  This game passed the men’s Division I record of 88 that took place under the leadership of John Wooden’s UCLA team from 1971 to 74.

Moore, now a senior at UConn, scored an astounding 41 points, the majority of which were scored in the first half.  Post-game festivities included a bit of coach Geno Auriemma telling ESPN that it is simply unfair to compare the current Huskies women’s team with that of the UCLA hey-day in the 70’s.

UConn has done quite a bit to support the athletic program on campus and it is paying off for them with top women’s teams, especially basketball.   This current run comes just a few short years after the women’s basketball team firmly established itself as a top-of-the-line women’s program.  This push into better athletics seems to be a strategy that UConn is using to attract a wider and stronger student base.  In a time when tough decisions need to be made on where sparse education funding is best spent on higher learning, it seems that UConn believes that the long-term payoff of athletics are a wiser choice than direct investment into research and education.

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