Charles Sets Two Records; Huskies Finish Regular Season Unbeaten

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In this city on this campus, below this roof under similar circumstances, the longest winning streak in NCAA Division I men's basketball ended.

That moment in history was brought to you by Notre Dame's men's basketball team in January 1974.

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There was a chance something similar might happen again Monday night at the Joyce Center, where Digger Phelps and Dwight Clay conspired to end the 88-game winning streak of UCLA and John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood.

But it didn't. The No. 6 Notre Dame women are talented, potential Final Four participants, but they weren't able to Xerox the magic on a night when doing so would have resounded almost just as loudly across the land.

You've got to get up pretty early in the morning -- not to mention the game -- to knock off Geno Auriemma, the wizard of wipeouts.

Led by 18 points and eight rebounds from Tina Charles, who became UConn's all-time scorer and rebounder, the top-ranked UConn women completed their second consecutive unbeaten regular season by defeating Notre Dame 76-51 before a sellout of 9,149.

All five UConn starters scored in double figures. The Irish (25-4, 12-4) were led by Devereaux Peters with 15 points.

It was a night when historical milestones toppled like dominoes, one on top of the other, on top of the other, on top of the other.

The victory completed UConn's eighth unbeaten regular season (30-0, 16-0) and second straight. They have now won 69 consecutive games, all by double figures, since a team missing Mel Thomas and Kalana Greene lost to Stanford in the semifinals of the 2008 Final Four in Tampa.

And Charles, the leading candidate for national player of the year, jumped to the top of the record book in two categories.

With 13:13 remaining, she grabbed the fifth of her eight rebounds off a Peters miss. That was the 1,269th rebound of Charles' career, breaking Rebecca Lobo's record, which had stood since 1995.

And with 4:21 left, she scored the points that broke Nykesha Sales' scoring record.

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