UConn forward Maya Moore

The Connecticut women's team made history, topping Notre Dame, 59-44 in a Big East semifinal Monday for its 71st straight win.

The top-ranked Huskies (32-0) bested their previous mark of 70, set from November 9, 2001 to March 11, 2003.

It was Connecticut's third win over No.6 Notre Dame this season.

Connecticut has a long way to challenge the longest winning streak in college basketball, though. UCLA,under legendary coach John Wooden, won 88 straight 1971 through 1974.

Still, the marks the Huskies have set during the streak are impressive.They've beaten 21 Top-25 teams by an average of 26 points. Their overall average margin of victory is 32.8 points. And no team has come within 10 points of the Huskies during the streak.

Stanford came the closest in an 80-68 loss and St. John's played well in a 66-52 defeat. But that's about it. Connecticut is the best and it's not even close

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma seemed more intent on the winning the Big East tournament title than waxing poetic on the streak.

“I can’t think anything is more important than winning and playing in the Big East championship for these kids,” Auriemma told the Associated Press after Monday's win.

The streak began on November 16, 2008 with an 82-71 win over Georgia Tech.

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So how long can they keep it going?

The Huskies will lose significant firepower in all-time leading scorer and rebounder Tina Charles and talented guard Kalana Greene. But player of the year candidate Maya Moore will be back next season, along with Tiffany Hayes, Caroline Doty, Loren Dixon and Kelly Faris, plus highly touted recruit Bria Hartley  from North Babylon, NY.

Now if we could only get the Tennessee Volunteers back in the mix.

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