Monday, November 25, 2002
Updated: January 18, 2:21 PM ET
The best of the streakers
Diana Taurasi and her Connecticut teammates won their 55th straight game on Saturday to break Louisiana Tech's NCAA Division I women's hoops record for consecutive wins.
In honor of this amazing streak, SportsNation compiled our list of most impressive team winning streaks. And we mean winning streaks -- unbeaten streaks like the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers' 35-gamer (which included 10 ties) or the 1916 New York Giants' 26-game "winning streak" (they had a tie in there) don't count. After all, ties are not wins.
Take a look at our list of best ever and then vote for the streak you think is most impressive.
1. Oklahoma football: 47 consecutive wins
No team has approached Bud Wilkinson's powerhouse Sooners squad, which went more than four years without a loss, until Notre Dame won 7-0 on Nov. 16, 1957. Twenty-five of the wins were by 25 or more points. No other team in modern history has come close.
2. Los Angeles Lakers: 33 consecutive wins
The Lakers went nearly half the 1971-72 season without a loss. Second-best streak in NBA history? A mere 20 games.
3. North Carolina women's soccer: 92 consecutive wins
The Tar Heels won nine straight NCAA titles from 1986-1994, a stretch that included an 103-game unbeaten streak and later a 92-game winning streak from Oct. 12, 1990 to Sept. 30, 1994.
4. UCLA hoops: 88 consecutive wins
From Jan. 30, 1971 until losing 71-70 to Notre Dame on Jan. 19, 1974, John Wooden's Bruins were unbeatable, winning their seventh consecutive NCAA title in the meantime.
5. Connecticut women hoops: 55 consecutive wins (current)
The Huskies' feat is far more impressive than Louisiana Tech's streak, which lasted from 1980-82 and spanned 54 games. Not only is UConn playing in an era with far more parity in the women's game, it plays in a tougher conference as well. While the Huskies struggled in win No. 54 (five-point win over Seton Hall) and shot just 18 percent during the first half of the historic win No. 55, they have completely dominated -- only five of the wins were by less than 10 points.
6. De La Salle high school football: 138 consecutive wins (current)
The Spartans of Concord, Calif., haven't lost since 1991, shattering the previous high school record of 73. They finished atop USA Today's high school rankings for the third consecutive year this past season.
7. Chicago Cubs: 21 consecutive wins
In a sport where you're often only as good as your next day's starting pitcher, the 1935 Cubs went nearly the entire month of September without losing, vaulting into a National League pennant in the process. The Oakland A's nearly matched that this past season with 20 in a row.
8. Miami football: 34 consecutive wins
Playing in an era with more parity than when Oklahoma dominated in the '50s, the didn't lose from Sept. 9, 2000 (when they lost Washington) until Ohio State stopped the streak in this year's controversial double-overtime national title game. (Toledo won 35 straight from 1969-1971, but weren't playing in a major conference.)
9. Pittsburgh Penguins: 17 consecutive wins
In a sport that features plenty of tie games and plenty of incentive to rest up for the playoffs, Mario Lemieux fueled the Penguins' streak in March and April of 1993.
10. Salt Lake Trappers: 29 consecutive wins
Playing in the Pioneer League, the 1987 Trappers weren't even affiliated with a big-league team, consisting of undrafted players and castoffs from other other organizations. They broke the old minor-league record of 27 wins.