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No. 1 Connecticut Wins 64th Straight Game

February 20, 2003

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ Diana Taurasi scored 19 points as No. 1 Connecticut extended its women’s NCAA-record winning streak to 64 games with a 81-60 win over Miami on Wednesday night.

UConn (25-0, 12-0 Big East) used a 30-4 run that extended into the second half to erase an early eight-point deficit. The deficit matched the largest the Huskies have faced at any point during the winning streak.

Only Tennessee earlier this season managed to put Connecticut in an eight-point hole during the winning streak. UConn trailed that game 54-46 in the second half before winning 63-62 in overtime Jan. 4.

Maria Conlon added 15 points for the Huskies.

Tamara James led Miami (14-9, 6-6) with 19 points. Meghan Saake added 12 and Shaquana Wilkins had 14 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who have lost four of their last five.

Taurasi, who leads the Huskies in scoring, had eight consecutive points and 14 overall during the run, in which UConn was 12-of-17 from the field.

Taurasi finished 5-of-9 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free throw line in leading the Huskies to their 31st straight win against Big East opponents and 45th straight during Big East regular-season and tournament games.

UConn holds the women’s record for consecutive wins and is 24 victories shy of tying the men’s record of 88 set by UCLA from 1971-74. UConn has not lost since a 90-75 loss to eventual champion Notre Dame in the 2001 Final Four.

UConn has won 17 straight over Miami since a 69-51 loss in Coral Gables in 1993.

The Hurricanes used an aggressive man-to-man defense to force 13 UConn turnovers and keep the game close early.

Miami led the Huskies 25-18 with 7:04 left in the first half. James, the leading freshman scorer among all Division I women, scored 14 points in the first half.

But UConn quickly countered with the big run to take control of the game. Miami shot just 1-of-14 from the field and committed eight turnovers during the 11-minute stretch.

The Huskies led 37-29 at halftime and have not trailed at halftime during the streak.

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