No. 101 was not so easy after all.
Top-ranked UConn appeared to have a bit of a letdown over the weekend when they escaped New Orleans with a 63-60 victory against Tulane to extend their record winning streak.
''We're not as good as everybody thinks we are and today was a perfect example of that,'' UConn coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. ''They think that every shot that they take is supposed to go in and then when it doesn't go in they pout and they feel sorry for themselves and act like 12-year-olds and that's exactly what happened today. Not every shot is supposed to go in. God isn't punishing you. Figure out a way to help us win the game.''
The Green Wave got to within 2 three times late in the game, but could not close. With four seconds left, Tulane had the ball but Tene Thompson’s 3-pointer fell short.
''We played everybody and everybody gave us something,'' Tulane coach Lisa Stockton said. ''This team was focused and didn't let anything get them down and they kept battling.''
''This was a wakeup call,'' UConn guard Crystal Dangerfield said. ''If we don't bring it every night things like this can happen.''
Auriemma was blunt as usual in his assessment. ''What happened today is the wrong team won,” he said. “We had them down 17 and our guys are used to the other team maybe missing shots or struggling and this team decided to fight back. We had no business winning that game.''
UConn has a chance to get back into Auriemma’s good graces on Wednesday when they play host to Temple at the XL Center in Hartford. They’ll have to go for No. 102 in a row it without star guard Kia Nurse. Nurse, who had started 73 games in a row, hurt her ankle and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.