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Beating the Odds

Sports’ Biggest Story

Through it all … the Olympics … the NBA All-Star Game … the Super Bowl … the biggest sports success story could well be coming from Storrs, Conn.

That’s home to the UConn women’s basketball team, which extended its winning streak to 64 games yesterday with a victory over St.John’s.

Who dominates like the Huskies do? Not only are they ranked No. 1 in the country, but no one even seems to be in a position to challenge them. They are six victories shy of matching their NCAA and school record of 70 straight set between 2001 and 2003.

They’re making it look easier than it is. As recent NFL teams have learned, managing a winning streak can be tricky. And in UConn’s case, there’s the nightly challenge of facing opponents who dream of being the team that finally takes down the No. 1 team.

Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma discussed it days ago after victory No. 63 — against DePaul.

“We didn’t come out to play the streak or anything else. My kids have been loose, having fun and enjoying themselves. I don’t think they concerned themselves with the streak,” Auriemma said in remarks posted on the team’s web site.

“I’ve already been down this road,” said Auriemma, whose teams from 2001-2003 won 70 straight. “I try not to get involved in any of that stuff. I’m actually waiting for the loss. I told the team I don’t care if we have one loss or 10 losses as long as it’s not the last game of the year.”

It certainly could be the last game of the year … but which year?


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