In many ways, the fascinating thing about this current group of Huskies isn’t the 89-game winning streak. It is the 14-game winning streak entirely of their own creation.
The season after Diana Taurasi exited with the last of her championships, UConn lost eight games. The season after Maya Moore departed, the team that remained lost five games. Even by UConn standards, those hardly qualify as lean times. All the same, the losses in each of those two seasons exceeded the combined losses in the three preceding seasons.
In other words, UConn’s standard of excellence over the past two-plus decades has proved difficult for anyone to match — sometimes even UConn.
Why? ’cause UConn already broke the record of wins-in-a-row-by-a-men’s team. That was news. This? Just a bunch of women doing the ridiculously amazing. Who wants to care about that? Because hockey: BREAKING: If the @BlueJacketsNHL defeat the Caps tonight, we will televise their attempt to set the @NHL record for most consecutive wins. They’re currently on a 16-game winning streak… ’nuff said.
Speaking of ho-hum:
“When you win by this large of a margin, yes, you have to say you’re surprised,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “But this team I get to coach this year, they do lots of things that surprise me. You can’t just pick one player tonight, because they all did something good.
“When you have that many unselfish kids, you’re going to win a lot of ballgames.”
“We all have to go look within ourselves tonight and really evaluate how bad we want this,” Shepard said. “That’s the biggest thing. We aren’t playing with any heart, or not hard enough.”
Shepard questioned the Huskers’ effort, but said she had as much to do with that as any of her teammates.
Congrats to Coppin State, who broke into the win column with an emphatic win over South Carolina State, 70-54.
It’s early yet, but methinks we might want to pay attention to Candi Whitaker and Texas Tech – the take down Iowa State, 75-66.
That’s 7 wins for Massachusetts.
I was much more pleased with our effort tonight and our focus,” Kieger said. “It was a great bounce-back win.”
“We had some real conversations the past few days,” Kieger said. “We watched a lot of film and we tried to fix what we need to — just be great teammates and play for the name on the front of the jersey.”
North Dakota State was down to eight healthy women’s basketball players and that’s a sight that was all too common in the past few years. Add to the pre-game skepticism: Into the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex marched the University of South Dakota with a 13-2 record and a No. 5 ranking in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll.
What the Bison did from there was something uncommon, however. Perhaps the poster child of the 83-73 upset win Wednesday night, Jan. 4, was the play of Anna Goodhope, a sparingly used true freshman who got more minutes only because of injuries to a couple of Bison players.
From the News & Observer: One big win after another for NC State women’s basketball team
The NCAA tournament selection committee wanted N.C. State’s women’s team to win more big games.
After Southern California’s first game in November, coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke was asked by a reporter if any of her players was poised to have a break out season. She pointed to junior forward Kristen Simon, who had put up 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the win, on her right and said, “this one.”
Cooper-Dyke was right.
She started 96 of 104 career games at Stanford, averaging 12.0 points per game while racking up 295 assists. Last season, Thompson was named Pac-12 Player of the Week three times and averaged 14.7 points and 3.5 assists per game.
In Stanford’s 90-84 Sweet Sixteen upset victory over Notre Dame last March, Thompson scored 11 points and added nine assists in 37 minutes.
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She lasted a month in the country town where she was living before returning to Virginia in November.
“I heard about a bombing that killed 17 people about two hours away and right there I was like I don’t want to stay,” Rodgers said. “The government shut off all lines of communication so I couldn’t get on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp. It was pretty scary not to be able to communicate with anyone.”