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Will Stanford end UConn’s women’s basketball winning streak? Hmmmm.

UConn's women's basketball team has broken the NCAA winning streak record, even beating out UCLA's men's team, but Stanford may give them a run for their money tonight.

By Ross AtkinStaff writer / December 30, 2010

UConns women's basketball team members and head coach Geno Auriemma talk near the bench against Florida State in Hartford, Connecticut Dec. 21. The Huskies passed the all-time college basketball winning streak record but Standford may shut them down in their game Thursday night.

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The University of Connecticut women’s basketball team will lose eventually, but when? That’s the question that won’t go away now that the Huskies have broken the all-time NCAA record for both women’s and men’s teams with 89 straight wins, and have since added a 90th for good measure Tuesday against an overmatched University of the Pacific squad.

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At this rate, UConn just might run the table for a third straight season. Another perfect campaign would again move the Huskies past the John Wooden-era UCLA men’s team that became the first team to win 88 straight games and post back-to-back perfect championship seasons between 1971 and 1974.

Still, the streak could conceivably end tonight when UConn goes up against ninth-ranked Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. (ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET). While the Cardinal have lost consecutive games to DePaul and Tennessee during a recent rough patch, they crushed fourth-ranked Xavier, 89-52, Tuesday night, a clear indication that they’ve raised their game a few notches. Then, too, this is the team that last April put a huge scare into UConn.

In the NCAA championship game, Stanford held UConn to a paltry 12 first-half points, the lowest output ever for the Huskies, who trailed 20-12 at the intermission. In the second half, however, UConn came to life and wound up winning, 53-47, successfully defending its national title and its seventh since 1995.

In its forecast for this season, Sports Illustrated made Baylor, Stanford, and UConn the magazine’s 1, 2, and 3 picks, respectively.

In the season opener on Nov. 16, the Huskies trailed Baylor by eight points with six minutes to play, but pulled out that game, 65-64, in Hartford, Conn.

Now, to keep their winning streak alive, the Huskies must beat Stanford, which is the last team to beat them (on April 6, 2008) and do it on the Cardinal’s on-campus home court, Maples Pavilion. The place will be rockin’.

Although each team’s roster has changed considerably since then, the coaches have not. UConn’s Geno Auriemma will be looking to win his 750th career game as a head coach (all at UConn), while Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer, who has spent 25 of her 32 years as a head coach at Stanford, goes after career win No. 802.

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