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March 9, 2010 9:30 AM

UConn's Streak Is Good for Women's Basketball

Maya Moore layup.jpgLast night the UConn women won their 71st consecutive game. If you're not impressed by that number, here are some others:
-They haven't lost since April 6, 2008
-They've won their games by an average of 32.5 points.
-They're 3-0 against top-10 teams this year and have won those games by an average of 26.2 points.
-They've trailed for just 86 minutes of a possible 2,840 and trailed after halftime just three times.

It's been discussed whether this streak is good for women's basketball. Rutgers coach Vivian Stringer told USA Today, "It's not their fault, but it's not a great thing for the sport. How can anybody enjoy a game that is really not much of a competition?" I'm not sure how much stock you can put into Stringer's statement since her Rutgers team got absolutely blown out by the Huskies this year 73-36. Clearly she's not a fan of the streak.

For some sports, foregone conclusions are a bad thing but I'm not sure it's the case with women's college basketball. This is the type of thing that draws the non-fans in and gets more people watching women's basketball. I've been intrigued by the Huskies' dominance and have watched parts of a handful of games this year because of it. For me (and I'd imagine many others), watching Connecticut destroy an opponent is more captivating than a game between two top 10 women's teams. Well, unless one of those two is UConn and then they're one in the same.

Women's college basketball should embrace the Huskies. They are an amazing marketing tool for a sport that gets a fraction of the publicity of its male counterpart.

Eventually, this streak will be snapped. Do yourself a favor and check them out before it's history. But there's no need to rush - it would seem you have plenty of time.

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