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UConn snaps own NCAA mark with 91st in row

By The Sports Xchange
The Connecticut women's basketball squad rolled to an 88-48 victory over host SMU on Saturday in Dallas to set an NCAA record with their 91st consecutive victory. File Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/ba8c839490b722a8069f0401d47eacec/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
The Connecticut women's basketball squad rolled to an 88-48 victory over host SMU on Saturday in Dallas to set an NCAA record with their 91st consecutive victory. File Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo

The Connecticut women's basketball squad rolled to an 88-48 victory over host SMU on Saturday in Dallas to set an NCAA record with their 91st consecutive victory.

The school also owned the old mark of 90, a streak that ended on Dec. 30, 2010, with a loss to Stanford.

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The top-ranked Huskies equaled that mark with a 102-37 victory over No. 20 South Florida on Tuesday and then scored the first 21 points against SMU to cruise to the record-setting victory.

UConn (16-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) hasn't been beaten since losing in overtime to Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014.

"This team is pretty good as just keeping everything on an even keel," Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. "Even afterward, there's a feeling of accomplishment, they feel like they've done something significant. But there isn't this over-the-top screaming and yelling as if we just won a national championship."

UConn has won the past four national championships and is heavy favorites to add that total this season.

Sophomore guard Katie Lou Samuelson led Saturday's rout with 28 points and made five 3-point baskets. Sophomore forward Naphessa Collier contributed 19 points and a career-best 16 rebounds.

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"I'm not taking for granted at all -- this is one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of," Samuelson said. "Now we can really just focus each game at a time, and not have to worry anything if we're keeping it up or not."

Alicia Froling had 16 points and 12 rebounds for SMU (10-7, 1-3).

"What a good team, what a very, very good team," first-year Mustangs coach Travis Mays said. "I hear people say at the beginning of the year, UConn was supposed to have a down year. That's not a down year. That's a program that has championship pedigree, and the culture is there. You go there, they just plug you in and they keep on winning."

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