UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma wins No. 900 as No. 2 Huskies top Cincinnati
UConn women’s coach Geno Auriemma earned his 900th career win on Tuesday night as the No. 2 Huskies picked up a 96-36 win over Cincinnati.
The American Athletic Conference win gives UConn a 21-1 record on the 2014-15 season and they’re 11-0 in conference play as Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Gabby Williams each finished with a team-high 16 points.
A member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Auriemma becomes the eighth head coach in women’s college basketball history to reach the 900-win mark and only the third coach among that group to do it at one school. The 60-year-old Auriemma also needed the fewest amount of games to reach 900 wins of any coach in NCAA history.
The nine-time national-title winning head coach of UConn, Auriemma is now 900-134 during his astounding run with the Huskies. Since taking over the UConn women’s program before the 1985-86 season, Auriemma has led the Huskies to four undefeated seasons, 15 Final Four appearances and once led the program to a NCAA Division I basketball record 90-game win streak. The program has also achieved 19 seasons of 30 or more wins and won 20 conference regular season titles during Auriemma’s tenure.
Individual players have also thrived at UConn under Auriemma as a Huskie has been named the Naismith College Player of the Year eight times and 12 players have made multiple All-America teams.
Besides his work at UConn, Auriemma has also been successful in international basketball. He’s won two Olympic gold medals (2000, 2012) and two gold medals at the FIBA World Championships (2010, 2014) coaching USA Basketball’s senior women’s national team.
Former Tennessee women’s head coach, and Auriemma rival, Pat Summit still has the most Division I wins of any basketball coach as she registered 1,098 career wins before retiring after the 2011-12 season.