HARTFORD, Conn. - The powerful University of Connecticut women soared to a historic level Tuesday night, crushing No. 22 Florida State, 93-62, to stand alone in Division I collegiate basketball with a record 89 straight wins.
The only question left is: When will it end? Next week at Stanford? Later against Duke or North Carolina? Or will the streak still be alive in March, when the Huskies land most likely at Temple, a host site for the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16.
The outcome seemed a foregone conclusion well before the sellout crowd of 16,294 arrived at the XL Center, where T-shirts with "89 and counting" on them were distributed to the Huskies seconds after the game ended.
Hall of Fame coach Geno Auriemma, who grew up in Norristown, took a phone call from President Obama in the middle of the postgame news conference.
"Yes, Mr. President. We haven't lost since you've been inaugurated. We'll try to keep it that way," Auriemma quipped.
After the call ended, he told reporters, "That was the new president of the university."
The two-time defending NCAA champions tied the long-held UCLA men's mark of 88 on Sunday by beating then-No. 11 Ohio State in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Of the streak, Auriemma said: I'm not John Wooden and this isn't UCLA. This is Connecticut, and that's good enough."
Greg Wooden, a grandson of the late John Wooden, who coached the Bruins men to the previous record (1971-74), flew in from California to represent the family.
He said that the Wizard of Westwood would have approved of the UConn accomplishment and that the family was "thrilled" with the Huskies' ability to break the record.
It was a signature night for UConn senior Maya Moore, the nation's top collegiate women's star, who set a career record with 41 points. She also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Freshman Bria Hartley showed the strength of the UConn lineup as a newcomer by scoring 21 points, a career high fueled by a sizzling 5-of-6 effort on three-point attempts.
Tiffany Hayes, who like Moore played in every game in the streak, had 14 points.
It may have been a big night for women's basketball and basketball in general, but it was certainly a long one for the Seminoles.
Cierra Bravard had 19 points and Alexa Deluzio scored 16 for Florida State.
The game was typical of most of UConn's games in the streak, quickly turning into a one-sided affair.
Florida State coach Sue Semrau said her team suffered from a bit of "stage fright" early. When asked about her perspective of UConn's accomplishment, she referred to the Huskies' success as "mind-boggling."
Before Sunday's game, Ohio State center Jantel Lavender had spoken of the need for the Buckeyes to stop the streak.
Semrau said her team thought "none of that" heading into Tuesday night. "We wanted to come in and become a better basketball team."
Connecticut's streak started with the first game of the 2008-09 season, though it has been going on so long that it seems to date from the time when women's basketball was played in small gyms and tea and cookies were served afterward.
By contrast, Tuesday's game had corporate ads throughout the night during time-outs. Furthermore, seconds after the celebration on the court ended, Auriemma performed the usual postgame ritual of awarding two Wii game devices - one to a member of the student body and one to a member from the rest of the fan base.