Could there be a letdown?
In their first game after setting a historic 100th consecutive victory on Monday, the UConn women's basketball team travels to New Orleans to take on Tulane at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. But after all the hoopla, will the Huskies let down their guard and possibly, maybe — gulp — lose?
On Monday, the Huskies hit the century mark in consecutive victories with a 66-55 victory over No. 6 South Carolina. Before the game, fans camped outside in the cold and snow for hours. Husky legends Breanna Stewart, Maya Moore, Kalana Greene, Tina Charles, Asjha Jones, Morgan Tuck and Sue Bird were on hand behind the bench.
“There were a lot of good players sitting in the stands tonight," head coach Geno Auriemma said after the game. "When I turned around and looked at the bench one time, I almost called a couple of them down. There were a lot of wins up in the stands tonight and a lot of championships.”
It's doubtful UConn will fall to Tulane. The Green Wave beat Cincinnati Wednesday, ending a three-game losing streak. When Tulane traveled to Storrs in January, UConn earned victory No. 93 with a 100-56 win.
Monday night's game earned a 0.9 overnight rating, the highest-rated college basketball game (men or women) on ESPN2 this season. After the historic win, Geno's Grille in Storrs, Ct., is running a special every day during the streak based on the victory number. Monday's special was $9.90, Tuesday's was $10.
Even when the stars aren't playing their best, the Huskies are pretty much unbeatable even against a top team like South Carolina. When UConn trailed by three in the second quarter, it was the first time it had trailed by that much since Dec. 7 at Notre Dame. Three points. That's it. By the end of the third quarter, the Huskies were up 51-39 and never looked back.
“I just thought that for 18 minutes of the first, it favored our game plan and then we had those turnovers and they went and scored. It really deflated us,” said South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley. “We had too many empty possessions where we got great looks, but we just did come up with them."