Junior point guard Maya Moore sank one three pointer after another in a win against yet another top 10 team when University of Connecticut women's basketball team blew the 8th ranked Duke University Blue Devils out of the gym. With this win the UConn team continued their win streak to 57 straight games.
At this point in the season, in the heart of conference play, teams are battling to come out on top of the conference, but these ladies are playing for a little more, they're playing for history.
With a win against third ranked University of Notre Dame this past Saturday and another against a very good Duke team on Monday put this hard working group two wins closer to history. The UConn women's basketball team is chasing a streak which is set by, well, UConn.
The 2001-2003 basketball teams won 70 straight victories including two National Championships. This year's current team has already accomplished more than half of that streak with 57 consecutive victories and one National Championship, coming last year in 2009 against a very good University of Louisville team.
However, this team is different. They have beaten 10 top 10 teams during their current streak including victories over second ranked Stanford University, number three Notre Dame, number seven University of North Carolina, and number eight Duke this year. For this team to be the best they only need 14 more victories. They could accomplish this task before the NCAA tournament starting in March. They have 12 regular season games left and then the conference tournament.
Many think that the current UConn team is already the best team in history. They say this because of the way the team is beating their opponents. They have outscored their opponents this year 1516-808 and are beating their opponent by an average of 39.8 points. This is unheard of. They have not won a game this year by less than 12, and that came against second ranked Stanford on December 23.
When asked about their current win streak they said they are not concerned with it, but that they are focused on repeating as National Champions. "We're not focused on the 57 but rather focused on winning the National Championship" Head Coach Geno Auriemma added. However, the players want not only another ring but they want the record as well. They want to be the team that everyone is chasing for years down the road.
Junior guard Moore said this "We've won this many straight games for a reason. We have great chemistry and we want to be the best team ever. Yes, of course we want another title. If I had to choose between a title and being the best team in history it would be too hard to choose so I would have to pick both."
Most of the times in life you are forced to choose between two things that you want, but in this case for these women they can have both. With the history of them beating teams and the chemistry they have as a team it is very likely that they can put together two undefeated seasons back to back and win as many titles in as many years.
With the bulls eye on their back every game they play it will be tough for them to accomplish their goals but with the history of the program and the hall of fame coach, Auriemma, it can be done. The pressure is on for them, but just as everything else has come their way they are up to the challenge.
With the current win streak set at 57 it brings viewers that would not normally watch women's basketball. It is good and bad for the sport to have a team so dominant. The TV viewings are up because sport fans want to see this incredible streak on the line, so more people are watching women's college basketball that wouldn't normally be watching. It is bad for the sport because they have someone so dominant that no one can compete with them.
UConn has four more regular season games against ranked opponents in which they will be favored to win. If voters had to pick one game for them to lose many would choose the last regular season game at third ranked Notre Dame. As for many they hope they have a chance to witness history as the team competes for perfection, again. The team will put their streak on the line once again when they visit conference foe Villanova University Saturday.