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By Norman Chad NORMAN CHAD
Monday, December 13, 2010

The Connecticut women's basketball team - arguably America's most successful 21st century enterprise not propped up by Oprah Winfrey or municipal bonds - goes for its 88th consecutive victory Sunday, which would tie the 1971-74 mark of UCLA's legendary men's basketball team.

Like 56 (Joe DiMaggio) and 2,130 (Lou Gehrig), 88 was a number some sports historians thought to be untouchable.

The Harlem Globetrotters used to routinely win 88 consecutive games, but they were just playing the Washington Generals and the Clippers.

The Huskies' sustained excellence - their last loss was to Stanford, 82-73, on April 6, 2008, in the NCAA national semifinals in Tampa (nothing good ever happens in Tampa) - brings to mind other impressive stretches:

l Oklahoma's 47-game winning streak in football from 1953 to '57.

l "American Idol" winning its time slot every week for six consecutive years.

l Carmen Electra staying married to Dennis Rodman for nine straight days in 1998.

For the Connecticut women, the numbers are staggering, reminiscent of the Ottoman Empire's Southwestern European, Western Asian and North African dominance in the 16th and 17th centuries.

They have gone more than 600 games since losing back-to-back contests.

They have played 236 straight games without allowing an opponent to shoot more than 50 percent from the field.

They have won 144 straight games against unranked teams.

They have won 63 consecutive home games.


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