By: Kylan Watson
The University of Connecticut’s Women’s Basketball team beat the University of South Carolina by a score of 66-55 on Monday, February 13th 2017. By beating the Gamecocks, the Huskies recorded their 100th straight win. 100 consecutive wins is a very impressive streak, but are 100 straight wins more important than a national title.
100 straight wins is a record winning streak in college basketball, the Huskies have not lost a game in three years. The amount of focus it takes to not lose a game in three years, while also winning back to back to back championships, shows the greatness of the Huskies. This streak also becomes more important when you realize that before the arrival of Coach Geno Auriemma in 1985. The UConn women only had one winning season. Since the arrival of Auriemma, the women’s basketball program has been a force to be reckoned with in Women’s College basketball. Auriemma has bought some of the greatest players in basketball to UConn. Players like; Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart, Tina Charles, Rebecca Lobo, and many more.
Auriemma has created a winning culture at UConn, and players are taught that they are not only playing for their teammates and the school, but also for the legacy of UConn Women’s Basketball, and as a team the current players do not want to dishonor the legacy of the team. Again the mental toughness it takes to meet expectations at UConn, which is championship or bust, is not only impressive, it is otherworldly. Players have to focus on the games and the expectations, while dealing with the media, and play other teams who want to be the team that beats UConn. Fans and experts should appreciate the greatness that is being seen right in front of their eyes. There will never be another team that is this dominant in the sport of basketball.
100 consecutive wins is very impressive, but it is not more important than a national title. The 2016-2017 UConn Huskies have an opportunity to not only win 100 plus straight games, but also get another championship. The record is great, but winning another title is more important, and needs to happen, in order for the UConn Huskies to prove that they are the greatest team, in the history of college basketball.