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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.

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Waiting for the tipoff is an ideal time to plunge into UConn’s online media guide, with its blizzard of statistics, honors, and other facts.

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Here are a randomly selected group of 10 info-bites about the nation’s leading women’s basketball program:

1. UConn has appeared in seven NCAA championship games and won all seven.

2. The current 11-player roster illustrates the team’s nationwide recruiting appeal. The following states are represented with one player each: Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, California, Georgia, Illinois, and Indiana. The only state with more than one player, New York, has three on the roster.

3. When Geno Auriemma took over the program 25 years ago, UConn had had only one winning season in its first 11 years as a varsity sport. His first team went 12-15 (4-12 in the Big East), but since then it’s been nothing but winning seasons.

4. Every recruited freshman who has completed her athletic eligibility playing for Auriemma has graduated.

5. The UConn women are only the third team in NCAA history to win three consecutive titles (joining the Tennessee Lady Vols, who did it between 1996 and 1998, and the UCLA men, who rang up seven straight between 1967 and 1973). The Huskies three-peat occurred in 2002, 2003, and 2004.

6. Over the years, three of UConn’s best players have been academic All-America selections: Rebecca Lobo, Jennifer Rizzotti, and Maya Moore (Moore, by the way, had a 4.0 GPA in high school).

7. During the 2009-09 season, UConn became the first perfect-record team in either women’s or men’s basketball to ever beat each opponent by at least 10 points.

8. The highest scoring average ever posted by a UConn player is 18.7 points per game, which is Maya Moore’s current average.

9. Auriemma was never a college head coach before getting the job in Storrs, Conn. He previously held assistant positions with the women’s teams at the University of Virginia and St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. Before that he was the boy’s head basketball coach at his high school alma mater, Bishop Kenrick in Norristown, Pa.

10. The woman in charge of the team’s recruiting efforts is Chris Dailey, who is in her 26th year on the job. Dailey played collegiately at Rutgers.


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