#10 Texas and #4 Florida State started off the night in style, as the Longhorns battled back from a deficit, got the lead only to see a clutch three from Leticia Romero send the game into overtime. Two extra periods later (and far too many missed free throws, kids!), the Longhorns earned the 92-88 victory.
“To be on the road in this type of environment and have the adversity — we had a lot of people in foul trouble — I thought our team showed a lot of toughness and resiliency,” Texas coach Karen Aston said.
Burnt Orange Nation says it’s Time to pay attention to Texas women’s basketball after double-OT W
The Texas Lady Longhorns traveled all the way to Tallahassee on short rest, played a 50-minute, double-overtime game last night, and came out 92-88 winners over the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles.
Did you watch? I admit I meant to and forgot. So today I’m committing, for the next few weeks, to relegate the men’s squad to second-affection status and hop on the Lady Longhorn bandwagon.
Next up, South Carolina pushed UConn on a night the Huskies should have been vulnerable. Nurse was hampered by a bad ankle, Samuelson was shooting blanks, and Collier was garnering fouls, and yet… Gabby Williams. Somehow, some way, the Huskies scratched out the 66-55 win and upped their record to 100 in a row.
Joe Ward, NY Times: UConn’s 100-Game Winning Streak, One Blowout at a Time
Harvey Araton, NY Times: With 100th Straight Win, Connecticut Women’s Team Redefines Dominance
Graham Hays, ESPN: UConn once again defies expectations in winning 100 consecutive games
Both teams missed shots they might make other nights, but it was South Carolina that made the mistakes — committed the turnovers and gave up the rebounds that decided the outcome. Connecticut didn’t beat itself. And no one else has proved capable of it.
“Our defense was not bad,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “I thought we did a really good job with that. It’s just we let our guard down, and when you let your guard down, a team like UConn is going to make you pay every time.”
She paused for a beat, then almost whispered the final two words again. Every time.
One hundred times in a row, for those counting.
David Cloninger, The State: No, UCan’t: No. 1 Huskies get past Gamecocks
It was working. The system was working.
But Connecticut disrupted a lot of systems in winning 99 consecutive games, and did it again in defeating No. 6 South Carolina for its 100th.
The Huskies (25-0) beat the Gamecocks 66-55 on Monday to extend their record for consecutive victories and let USC know that stopping them is a temporary solution.
Sports Illustrated: Athletes react to UConn’s 100th straight win
Friend of the sport, Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated: Geno Auriemma has UConn women living in 100-win fantasy land
Three weeks before the start of this year’s women’s college basketball season, UConn coach Geno Auriemma sat in his office contemplating the prospect of finishing this year without a loss. He considered the suggestion laughable, preposterous, pick your own adjective to describe such crazy.
“To think we will go undefeated this year, we would be setting ourselves up for failure,” Auriemma said. “Stewie [Breanna Stewart], Moriah Jefferson and [Morgan] Tuck were 151-5 in their career. That’s not the real world. How long do you think you can live that world? I don’t know when it is going to happen. It might happen early, it might happen late, but it’s going to happen. And I’m okay with it because we will coach them through it and they will see that’s the real world, and the world everyone lives in.”
Four months later, UConn remains in Fantasy Land.
Also from Richard: UConn’s 100th-Consecutive Win is Highest-Rated College Basketball Game on ESPN2 This Season UConn-South Carolina women’s hoops drew an 0.9 overnight rating, highest-rated CBB game on ESPN2 this season among men’s & women’s B-ball.
Ryan Cooper, NCAA.com: UConn women’s basketball wins 100th straight game, beats South Carolina 66-55
Paul Doyle, Hartford Courant: UConn Wins No. 100 Just Like The Rest — With A Comfortable Margin Of Victory
“We’re one injury, couple fouls away from just being average at best,” Auriemma said.
So on a night when the UConn women’s basketball team stood under the bright lights with a celebrated milestone in front of it, Auriemma saw it unfold. One of his starters was hampered by an injury, a few of his core players picked up some untimely fouls, and his best scorer was simply not scoring.
Jim Fuller, New Haven Register: UConn women win 100th straight game, take down South Carolina
Just in case the stat line of Gabby Williams wasn’t impressive enough during the UConn women’s basketball program’s date with destiny, her Hall of Fame coach bestowed the compliments to end all compliments on the junior forward.
Not long after his team became the first NCAA basketball team to win 100 games in a row with a hard-earned 66-55 victory over No. 6 South Carolina before a sellout crowd of 10,167 at Gampel Pavilion on Monday night, UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma compared Williams’ majestic performance to the most offensively-talented player to suit up for him.
“You can’t explain Gabby Williams ever having any expectations of ever being Maya Moore and (having) a Maya Moore performance tonight exactly when she needed it, exactly when it needed to be done,” Auriemma said.
Beth Maiman, NCAA.com: UConn women’s basketball: What was happening in the world the last time the Huskies lost?
A 100-game winning streak is not supposed to happen in any sport at any time.
After all, there are salary caps, scholarship limits and parity-inducing draft orders in place to check such power, and that’s not even accounting for random factors such as luck and poor performances on any given day.
That’s what makes the Connecticut Huskies’ 100th straight win—which they notched Monday with a 66-55 victory over South Carolina—downright incredible. Injuries, strong opponents and even the graduation of superstar Breanna Stewart have not slowed them down, and a fifth straight national title seems like an inevitable conclusion to this ride.
Journal Inquirer: Alum Stewart proud to still be part of it all at UConn
Rhode Island Public Radio: UConn Women’s Basketball: New England’s Other Dynasty
SEC Country: Recap, box score from 66-55 loss at No. 1 UConn
South Carolina women’s basketball largely played the game it needed for the first 18 minutes Monday night against UConn.
But the rest of the game served as a reminder of why No. 1 UConn was playing for the first 100-game winning streak in Division 1 basketball history — and why the Huskies got the job done in a 66-55 win against No. 6 South Carolina (21-3, 11-1).
Greenville News: College basketball does regular season right
The University of South Carolina women’s basketball team will be a footnote in the history books. The Gamecocks suffered a 66-55 loss Monday night at the University of Connecticut. It was UConn’s 100th consecutive victory, the longest streak in NCAA history in any sport.
South Carolina may find no solace in the undesirable distinction of being UConn’s 100th victim. Yet, the Gamecocks are a fitting foe for the milestone.
South Carolina is ranked No. 6 in the USA Today Sports coaches poll. Even amid the conference schedule, both teams eagerly relished this enticing encounter. UConn has never cowered to protect its streak.
Good Men Project: Who Runs the (Basketball) World? U Conn.
Pulse/Business Insider: The 3 plays in sports everybody will be talking about today
To get more specific, I think a lot of times people look at UConn women’s basketball and are not interested in particular players and their stories. These are really fabulous women who are going to rule the world someday. They are great students, leaders, and are excellent citizens of the community. I’d like to see a lot more emphasis on individual players and their achievements in addition to the team.
UConn Report: UConn Women’s Basketball Postgame – South Carolina
Silliness from Philly: Smallwood: Just give the trophy to UConn already
In other news:
Follow up on an earlier story: Golden Bears rally for Rama N’diaye after cancer diagnosis
At first, Rama N’diaye kept a secret from her loved ones and entire support system last summer: She had breast cancer.
Privacy is the cultural norm back home in Senegal, yet N’diaye quickly realized she would need everybody cheering her fight. She gathered the courage and reached out to former California basketball staff member Sarah Holsinger, now at Virginia working as associate athletic director of basketball administration for Joanne Boyle, the coach who recruited N’diaye to Berkeley more than a decade ago before leaving for Charlottesville.
“I was so amazed,” N’diaye said Sunday. “They came and they were there for me.”