Historic Winning Streaks in College Basketball

Mary Margaret (“Meg”) Penrose has served Texas A&M University as a professor of law since 2009, having previously operated in a similar capacity at the University of Oklahoma. An experienced marathon runner, Mary Margaret Penrose spent four years as a Division I scholarship athlete on the University of Texas-Arlington’s women’s basketball team. She also served one year as graduate assistant coach.

Between 2008 and present day, the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball program has assembled two of the greatest winning streaks in the history of collegiate athletics. The program’s first streak began with the opening of the 2008-09 season. The Huskies went undefeated that year, the third such season in the college’s history, and won the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history.

Entering the 2009-10 season on a 39-game winning streak, the Huskies completed a second consecutive season without a regular or postseason loss, running the streak up to 78 games and collecting a seventh national championship. Connecticut’s streak finally ended at 90 games midway through the 2010-11 season with a 71-59 loss to Stanford. 

Following another loss to Stanford early in the 2014-15 season, the Huskies embarked on a second record-setting win streak. Over the course of two seasons, the Huskies have amassed 75 consecutive victories, including a pair of NCAA Division I championships. Having already collected titles in 2013 and 2014, the University of Connecticut became the first team to win four consecutive national titles with their 2016 championship win.