Top-ranked UConn wins its 65th straight game

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2003

STORRS, Conn. - Beaten badly on the boards in the first half, No. 1 Connecticut made the right moves in the second half to keep its NCAA-record winning streak alive.

The Huskies (26-0, 13-0 Big East) got 13 points from Diana Taurasi and a career-high 13 rebounds from reserve forward Barbara Turner to win their 65th straight game Sunday, 77-59 over Notre Dame - the last team to beat UConn.

Five Huskies scored in double figures, including center Jessica Moore, a two-time Alaska High School Player of the Year at Colony High School, who had 10 points and four rebounds for UConn.

"For the first half, we got caught in the wrong spot. We made the wrong decision every time," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We couldn't have played any worse."

The Huskies are now 23 victories shy of tying the men's NCAA record of 88 straight, set by UCLA from 1971-74. UConn has not lost since falling 90-75 to eventual champion Notre Dame in the 2001 Final Four.

The Fighting Irish (15-9, 7-6) finished with a 43-40 rebounding advantage, joining two other teams to outrebound the Huskies this season. Tennessee and Virginia Tech were the others.

In the first six minutes, Notre Dame had a 12-4 edge on the boards despite trailing 10-3 on 1-for-13 shooting. Jackie Batteast finished with a career-high 18 rebounds for the Irish, but she was held to five points, 10 below her average.

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