Notre Dame can't break UConn's 56-game winning streak

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2003

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Connecticut never gave Notre Dame a chance to add to its collection of streak-ending upsets.

Barbara Turner scored a season-high 25 points in her first start, leading UConn to its 56th straight win Monday, a 72-53 victory over Notre Dame - the last team to beat the Huskies.

"I thought if Notre Dame was able to play their best game, we'd have trouble winning," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

The Irish were nowhere near their best, though, and the Huskies had no trouble. Turner shot 9-of-11 from the field, and Ann Strother added 15 points.

Diana Taurasi, whose 19.2-point average leads the team, got into foul trouble early and finished with just four points, but the Huskies put the game away with her watching from the sideline.

"The game was decided with her on the bench and we were still able to run our stuff and get the shots we wanted," Auriemma said.

UConn (17-0, 5-0 Big East) broke the women's college basketball record of 54 straight victories - set by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82 - by beating Georgetown on Saturday.

The Huskies' last loss was 90-75 to the Irish on March 30, 2001, in the NCAA tournament semifinals. Notre Dame went on to win the title that year.

Notre Dame has built a reputation for ruining long victory runs.

The Irish stopped Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak in football in the 1950s, UCLA's 88-game winning streak in men's college basketball in the 1970s, and North Carolina's 92-game winning streak in women's soccer in the 1990s.



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