A 101-year-old woman from Stamford was in attendance. "They wait for you to make the mistakes and don't foul a whole lot". This woman, who was alive before women had the right to vote, felt the need to take part in this moment.
UConn is still short of the overall college basketball record for consecutive wins. It rocked with a capacity crowd in what was a dogfight for the first half.
The women have won 17 games during the streak at the XL Center in nearby Hartford.
On the surface, the win looks like just another night in the life of UConn's women's basketball, a seemingly never-ending streak of easy wins against overmatched foes. But Auriemma's team found its range and pulled away late to continue the historic run.
Now Geno Auriemma has presided over 100 wins in a row.
"It is not like she's only doing it against teams she overwhelms with her ability", Auriemma said of Williams, whom he termed a "special player" whose basketball skills are catching up with her talent. More perspective: before Geno Auriemma took the helm, they had only managed 92 wins in 11 seasons.
The Huskies 100 wins is 12 more than the NCAA men's record set by John Wooden and his University of California, Los Angeles team that won 88 straight games from 1970-74. All the while UConn's Gabby Williams shot 10-18 by herself with 26 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
SC was the ninth Top 25 team the Huskies have defeated.
Stringer said Auriemma belongs on any list of the great coaches in all of sports. They were up 23 at the time, and would win that game by 51 points.
"That loss snapped a 47-game winning streak itself, meaning that, between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost one game".More news: North Korea leader's brother with Dominican Republic link 'poisoned'
Their competition is almost exclusively themselves at this point, and Auriemma knows it.
Many of us sports fans appreciate excellence, even with no attachment to the team on the pedestal.
UConn is now 25-0 on the season.
The winning streak has lasted three years so far. They will return six of their seven rotation players, the exception being Saniya Chong, who shares the point guard position with freshman Crystal Dangerfield. So, I think it's really stunning, because this was supposed to be, as you said, the rebuilding year, and they have just reloaded.
The Gamecocks are led by the best post duo in the game in 6-foot-5 A'ja Wilson and 6-4 Alaina Coates. "So I think there was always a little bit of doubt in her mind and when things didn't go her way, that doubt overwhelmed her and you could see it in her body language, see it in her face, everywhere and she would just sabotage herself".
For starters, think about that number for a second: 100.
Couldn't we just save everybody the trips to sub-regionals and regional finals?
From 1957-64 the Hurricanes' went on a streak of 137 consecutive wins in dual matches (playing singles and doubles, whoever wins the most matches wins).
UConn's average margin of victory in the AAC: 33.8 points.
It would be easier to just ship the National Championship Trophy up to the University of CT to reside with the other 11 that are already in Storrs. But Monday night, in a sold-out and expectant Gampel Pavilion, the Huskies made it an even 100 straight victories.