The Huskies have won seven national championships. They reached the Final Four in an NCAA record-tying five straight seasons and 13 times overall. They have also won at least 30 games in seven straight seasons and in 17 of the last 19 overall.
In considering all of this success, it is easy to overlook some of the more minor accomplishments. With Saturday’s 71-65 win at St. John’s, UConn has won 20 games in 20 straight seasons.
The Huskies have played at least 33 games since the start of the 1993-94 season when the streak began. So winning 20 games has lost some of its appeal. However, junior All-American Bria Hartley took some time to put this streak into perspective.
“I think it’s a tremendous accomplishment,’’ Hartley said. “And then you look at Connecticut and you see how good this program has become because we look at 20 wins and don’t think that’s enough. I think we need 30 wins. Not even 30 wins. We’re looking to win a national championship. That’s our goal and if we don’t do that we failed. So I think that just says the expectations we have for ourselves and I think if you don’t set those high expectations you can’t really achieve those. So I think it’s good that the coaches strive for perfection all the time. So that keeps us motivated and keeps us working. And even if we have a good game there’s still things that we need to improve on. So I think that’s what the coaches do a good job of doing is just making us focus on the little things and that there’s always something more to improve on.’’