Ms. Blog Countdown to 2011

December 21


On Sunday, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team, the Huskies, won their 88th game in a row (they beat Ohio State 81-50). This is remarkable in its own right, but that victory also had them tying the record for most consecutive wins; the UCLA men's basketball team won 88 games in a row in their 1971-74 seasons. Tonight, the Huskies play Florida State and, if they win, they'll beat a record that has held for forty years.

Of course, some are saying that the UConn victories aren't the same as UCLA's victories, but these arguments seem to be thinly-veiled claims that women's sports teams just don't matter as much as men's teams. The Huskies coach also recognizes the obvious gender politics at play during his team's historic winning streak. According to The Wall Street Journal, Huskies coach Geno Auriemma noted to a room full of reporters, "There wouldn't be this many people in the room if we were chasing a women's record." He also added, "If we were breaking a women's record, everybody would go, 'Aren't those girls nice?' Just give them two paragraphs in USA Today, give them one line on the bottom of ESPN and let's send them back where they belong—in the kitchen."

I'm not a huge watcher of sports, but there's little doubt in my mind that the media would be making a much bigger deal of tonight's game if it were a men's team competing with UCLA's forty-year-old record; nevertheless, there has been a decent amount of coverage about the Huskies season thus far (e.g. see the two videos below; you can also check out this segment about the Huskies on NPR's "All Things Considered"):

 

 

Let's send good vibes the Huskies' way tonight as they try to beat UCLA's 88-game winning streak!