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UConn extends streak to 53 straight victories

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STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut has a chance to make history in the upcoming week.

Diana Taurasi scored 18 points and Barbara Turner added 16 to lead the third-ranked Huskies to a 69-57 win over Virginia Tech on Sunday, extending the nation's longest active winning streak to 53 games.

The Huskies (14-0, 2-0 Big East) need one more win to match Louisiana Tech's record of 54 straight, set from 1980-82. Coach Geno Auriemma's team has a chance to tie the mark Wednesday at Seton Hall. If the Huskies win there, they have a chance to break it at home Saturday against Georgetown.

NO. 2 LSU 71, MISSISSIPPI 54: At Baton Rouge, La., Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and No. 2 LSU shook off a slow start to match its best start ever, set in the 1996-97 season.

NO. 5 TENNESSEE 81, AUBURN 72: At Knoxville, Tenn., Kara Lawson made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points to help Tennessee rally from a poor start. Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt got career win No. 799.

NO. 7 PURDUE 69, MICHIGAN 52: At West Lafayette, Ind., Lindsey Hicks scored 16 points and Shereka Wright had 15 to lead Purdue. The Boilermakers raised their 2002 Big Ten championship banner before the game and played like a team capable of winning a third straight conference title.

NO. 9 MINNESOTA 94, IOWA 65: At Minneapolis, Lindsay Whalen scored 23 points and had 11 assists in Minnesota's rout. Corrin Von Wald added a season-high 25 points, while Janel McCarville had 21 points and 14 rebounds.

NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 74, FLORIDA ST. 53: At Tallahassee, Fla., Coretta Brown scored 28 points to lead North Carolina. The victory extended North Carolina's winning streak to 11.

NO. 11 ARKANSAS 67, NO. 13 S. CAROLINA 58: At Fayetteville, Ark., Dana Cherry and Ruby Vaden each scored 14 points to lead the Lady Razorbacks.

NO. 14 MISSISSIPPI ST. 78, NO. 14 VANDERBILT 75: At Starkville, Miss., LaToya Thomas scored 28 points to lead the Bulldogs.

Thomas scored her 2,500th career point in the game and made two free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the win for Mississippi State.

NO. 17 PENN ST. 79, NORTHWESTERN 63: At Evanston, Ill., Kelly Mazzante scored 31 points to lead Penn State. The Nittany Lions had only seven players available.

INDIANA 54, NO. 23 OHIO ST. 50: At Bloomington, Ind., Jenny DeMuth scored 21 points and Indiana limited No. 23 Ohio State to nine points in the final nine minutes.