Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Congratulations to UConn Lady Huskies



Yesterday they won their 89th straight game, defeating the 20th ranked Florida State Seminoles 93-62. The Division I record was 88, long held by UCLA, whose streak ended to Notre Dame in 1974.

The word “dominant” barely describes the Huskies during the last 89 games, winning only 2 games by less than 10. Their average margin of victory against teams ranked in the top 25 is over 20 points. They have annihilated the competition at every turn, and barely been challenged. And it’s not like they’ve been ducking the competition. Some victories of note:

12/21/2010 vs. #20 Florida State: 93-62
12/19/2010 vs. #10 Ohio State: 81-50
11/16/2010 vs. #2 Baylor: 65-64 (a close one, but keep reading)
4/6/2010 vs. #2 Stanford: 53-47 (their only other close game, for the national title)
4/4/2010 vs. #14 Baylor: 70-50
3/30/2010 vs. #11 Florida State: 90-50
3/28/2010 vs. #16 Iowa State: 74-36
3/9/2010 vs. #8 West Virginia: 60-32
3/8/2010 vs. #7 Notre Dame: 59-44
3/1/2010 @ #7 Notre Dame: 76-51
2/15/2010 @ #12 Oklahoma: 76-60
2/13/2010 vs. #24 St. John’s: 66-52
2/2/2010 @ #8 West Virginia: 80-47
1/18/2010 @ #7 Duke: 81-48
1/16/2010 vs. #3 Notre Dame: 70-46
1/9/2010 vs. #7 North Carolina: 88-47
12/28/2009 @ #11 Florida State: 78-59
12/23/2009 vs. #2 Stanford: 80-68
11/17/2009 @ #13 Texas: 83-58
4/7/2009 vs. #7 Louisville: 76-54 (national title)
4/5/2009 vs. #2 Stanford: 83-64
3/31/2009 vs. #19 Arizona State: 83-64
3/29/2009 vs. #13 California: 77-53
3/24/2009 vs. #22 Florida: 87-59
3/10/2009 vs. #7 Louisville: 75-36
2/22/2009 vs. #24 Notre Dame: 76-66
2/15/2009 vs. #23 Pittsburgh: 95-42
1/26/2009 vs. #10 Louisville: 93-65
1/19/2009 @ #2 North Carolina: 88-58
11/30/2009 vs. #4 Oklahoma: 106-78

These are scores that you usually see between the #1 seed and the #16 seed in the NCAA tourney, not in games between teams in the top 25. Of the 89 games, one third of them, 30, were against ranked teams. Average score for those games? 79-54.

For comparison, let’s look at this season’s #1 men’s team, the Duke Blue Devils. They are currently 11-0 and have won 7 games by 25 points. Here’s the list:

11/14/2010 vs. Princeton: 97-60
11/16/2010 vs. Miami OH: 79-45
11/19/2010 vs. Colgate: 110-58
11/22/2010 vs. Oregon: 98-71
12/8/2010 vs. Bradley: 83-48
12/11/2010 vs. St. Louis: 84-47
12/20/2010 vs. Elon: 98-72

Not exactly murderer’s row. Their two games against ranked competition?

11/23/2010 vs. #4 Kansas State: 82-68
12/1/2010 vs. #6 Michigan State: 84-79

You often hear sports commentators say things like “we’ll never see anything like this again.” In the Huskies case, that may actually be true. It’s hard to imagine any team being this dominant.

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