The University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its 88th straight game Sunday, tying the NCAA record for most consecutive victories set by the UCLA men's basketball team in 1974. The Huskies' outspoken head coach Geno Auriemma had kept his promise to be tight-lipped about the record as his team continued its winning streak, but now that UConn has arrived at the milestone, he's speaking about the significance of a women's squad beating a record set by men:
"I just know there wouldn't be this many people in the room if we were chasing a woman's record," the Connecticut coach said Sunday near the end of his postgame news conference. "The reason everybody is having a heart attack the last four or five days is a bunch of women are threatening to break a men's record, and everybody is all up in arms about it."
"All the women are happy as hell and they can't wait to come in here and ask questions. All the guys that loved women's basketball are all excited, and all the miserable bastards that follow men's basketball and don't want us to break the record are all here because they're pissed," Auriemma said. "That's just the way it is."
"Because we're breaking a men's record, we've got a lot of people paying attention," Auriemma said. "If we were breaking a women's record, everybody would go, 'Aren't those girls nice, let's give them two paragraphs in USA Today, you know, give them one line on the bottom of ESPN and then let's send them back where they belong, in the kitchen.' "
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