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UConn students cheer as the team is introduced before an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Storrs, Conn. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

UConn women win 100th consecutive game

 

STORRS, Conn. — Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Napheesa Collier added 18 to help top-ranked UConn to its 100th consecutive victory with a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina on Monday night.

 

Coach Geno Auriemma never thought his team would come close to reaching the century mark, let alone break the previous NCAA record set by the Huskies from 2008-10. The Hall of Fame coach set up the most difficult non-conference schedule in the country, playing five of the top eight teams in the AP women's basketball poll before Monday.

 

They came away victorious in each one. The Huskies (25-0) last lost on Nov. 17, 2014, at Stanford.

 

Trailing 29-28 late in the first half, the Huskies scored seven straight to take a six-point halftime lead. South Carolina (21-3) cut its deficit to 40-37 midway through the third quarter, but Williams had consecutive layups to start an 11-2 run to close the period and put the game away.

 

Longest win streaks in NCAAW basketball history

100 — UConn, 2014-17

 

90 — UConn 2008-10

 

70 — UConn, 2001-03

 

54 — Louisiana Tech, 1980-82

 

46 — Tennessee, 1996-98

 

42 — Baylor, 2011-12

 

40 — Texas, 1985-87

 

36 — Purdue, 1998-2000

 

35 — UConn, 1994-96

 

33 — UConn, 1996-97

 

33 — Old Dominion, 1996-97

 

32 — North Carolina, 1993-95

 

32 — Louisiana Tech, 1989-90

 

NOTE: The NCAA men's record is 88 by UCLA from 1971-74

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