Maya Moore and the rest of the UConn team performed wonderfully Tuesday night. The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team now has the longest winning streak in the NCAA Division I history. They won their 89th consecutive game Tuesday night, taking down Florida State in a 93-62 match. This game passed the men’s Division I record of 88 that took place under the leadership of John Wooden’s UCLA team from 1971 to 74.
Moore, now a senior at UConn, scored an astounding 41 points, the majority of which were scored in the first half. Post-game festivities included a bit of coach Geno Auriemma telling ESPN that it is simply unfair to compare the current Huskies women’s team with that of the UCLA hey-day in the 70’s.
UConn has done quite a bit to support the athletic program on campus and it is paying off for them with top women’s teams, especially basketball. This current run comes just a few short years after the women’s basketball team firmly established itself as a top-of-the-line women’s program. This push into better athletics seems to be a strategy that UConn is using to attract a wider and stronger student base. In a time when tough decisions need to be made on where sparse education funding is best spent on higher learning, it seems that UConn believes that the long-term payoff of athletics are a wiser choice than direct investment into research and education.