On Nov. 16, 2008, in Connecticut's Gampel Pavilion, the No. 1 Connecticut Huskies welcomed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who'd gone 22-10 the year before and made a little noise in the ACC Tournament. The Jackets weren't expected to be able to compete with UConn, but took a 34-34 tie into halftime. The Huskies pulled away in the second, winning 82-71, and off they went.
Since then UConn has won 88 straight, tying the record set by the UCLA Bruins under head coach John Wooden. They're going for the record tonight against the Florida St. Seminoles at home, and it looks like it's just about a done deal, as the Huskies are up by 13 after only eight minutes.
Jackets coach MaChelle Joseph echoed Huskies coach Geno Auriemma's sentiments that the media is only giving the streak attention because it involves a men's basketball angle. Joseph said:
We're living in an era of basketball history that is unheard of. You talk about John Wooden's UCLA streak -- well, this is a streak we will talk about for a long time in women's basketball. I honestly believe it has been downplayed. This is one of the greatest accomplishments that any women's basketball team, coach, or program has ever experienced, and it hasn't been talked about in the news media the way it should be.
Tech had a chance to end the streak earlier this year, when UConn traveled to Atlanta a month ago. The Huskies won by a more comfortable margin than before, 71-51.