UConn women win 89th straight

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, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

HARTFORD -- It's 89 and counting for the Connecticut women's basketball team.

The top-ranked Huskies set a Division I basketball record Tuesday, winning their 89th consecutive game to break the mark set by the UCLA men's team from 1971-74.

Connecticut (11-0) was simply dominant in the 93-62 victory over No. 22 Florida State at the XL Center. Maya Moore turned in a career-high 41 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, while sharpshooting freshman Bria Hartley netted 21 points.

The Huskies have not lost since the national semifinals of the 2008 NCAA tournament, and got the landmark win with Greg Wooden, the grandson of late UCLA head coach John Wooden, in attendance.

UConn had its streak threatened in mid-November, but edged No. 2 Baylor, 65-64. Since then the Huskies have recorded a string of dominant victories, including the win that tied the UCLA mark, Sunday's 81-50 defeat of Ohio State.

Tuesday was not much different. UConn used an early run to take a 21-8 lead, and that was all the advantage it needed. The Huskies' defense stifled Florida State in the first half and made it extremely difficult for the Seminoles to take good shots.

The defensive effort provided fuel for the offensive end, as UConn made a practice of getting points in transition and scored before FSU could get into a defensive rhythm.

The Seminoles made several short runs to trim their deficit, and were within 34-23 with 7 1/2 minutes left, when Courtney Ward sank a layup to end an eight-point burst.

But UConn kicked into high gear and scored the next 16 points to take total control. Moore put her skills on display during the run, converting teammate Stefanie Dolson's missed free throw into a three-point play and making quick cuts to get open looks. Hartley used her quick release to drill back-to-back threes before Moore sank a jumper to end the run, making it a 50-23 game.

The Huskies rolled into the break with a 54-27 advantage and maintained the lead during a back-and-forth second half.


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