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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

January 17, 2012 at 8:26 PM

And Washington State thought 33 was bad…

StanfordHistory.jpgThe streak continues…only this time it’s Washington State’s dubious mark against No. 4 Stanford that’s on the clock. WSU lost a record 33 consecutive games to Washington, the latest being a 60-51 final on Saturday.
But the Cougs (9-8, 3-2 Pac-12) have never defeated the Cardinal since first meeting in 1983 as part of the NorPac Conference. The stretch of 52-games is the longest streak found in NCAA women’s basketball. It just edges Old Dominion’s 50 consecutive games against William & Mary and Old Dominion’s 42 consecutive wins against UNC-Wilmington.
“It’s a crazy number, there’s no doubt about it,” said fifth-year Cougars coach June Daugherty, whose team plays at Stanford on Thursday. “But let’s not lose sight of the fact that Stanford has one of the best coaches ever in the game with Tara VanDerveer. She’s done a phenomenal job of building that program and maintaining it.”
True. VanDerveer, a Hall of Fame coach, has a lot to do with the mark. From Jennifer Azzi to Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the Cardinal has attracted All-American talent for decades and VanDerveer’s team prepares for games better than some professional programs — NBA or WNBA.
But the streak also hints at parity still needing to form in women’s basketball, right?
In the past 10 years, Connecticut has won five of the NCAA titles. Baylor (2005), Maryland (2006) and Texas A&M (2011) were the unlikely teams that managed to break through and win championships.
“We’re still growing,” first-year Washington coach Kevin McGuff said. He former Xavier squad was within a bucket of defeating Stanford to advance to the Final Four in 2010. “There’s a lot more parity now in women’s basketball overall than there ever has been. But I don’t think we’re there, yet, in terms of there not still being a couple dominate programs.”
No. 4 Stanford (15-1, 6-0) is definitely among the few elite programs, although you’ll be hard-pressed to get VanDerveer to say much about it. The Cardinal has a 71-game home win streak and ended UConn’s historic 90-game win streak in 2010.
“We’re still, as a sport, vulnerable to those type of things…every year we’ll get a little closer to what we see in the men’s game, where anybody can beat anybody on any given night,” McGuff said.
Until then, here’s a look at the longest streaks in NCAA Division I hoops:
1. Stanford — 52 consecutive wins over Washington State (Pac-12).
2. Old Dominion — 50 consecutive wins over William & Mary (Colonial Athletic).
3, Old Dominion — 42 consecutive wins over UNC Wilmington (Colonial Athletic).
4. Tennessee — 40 consecutive wins over South Carolina (Southeastern).
5. UC Santa Barbara — 38 consecutive wins over Cal State Fullerton (Big West).
6T. Tennessee — 37 consecutive wins over Alabama (Southeastern).
6T. Liberty — 37 consecutive wins over Coastal Carolina (Big South).
8. Duke — 35 consecutive wins over Wake Forest (Atlantic Coast).
9T. Duke — 33 consecutive wins over Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast).
9T. Washington — 33 consecutive wins over Washington State (Pac-12).
(*compiled with the help of Matt Hurst, assoc. director of athletics communications at UC Santa Barbara)

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