The University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its 71st straight game, setting a new for women's basketball by breaking its own former record.

Connecticut's Tina Charles takes a shot as Notre Dame's Erica Williamson, right, defends during the first half of the game UConn eventually won, 59-44. ( Bob Child / AP Photo)

By Frank James

The University of Connecticut's women basketball players set a new NCAA Division 1 record for consecutive-wins, becoming the first female team to win 71 straight games.

The Huskies beat Notre Dame, 59-44 in the semifinals of the Big East tournament. That meant UConn maintained another streak -- it has beat every team during its notable run by at least ten points.

At least Notre Dame kept it closer than it had in its previous two meetings this season with the Huskies where the Fighting Irish lost by 24 points each time.

UConn had tied the prior record streak of 70 games, which it also held, with a victory Sunday. The earlier streak occurred from 2001 and 2003.

The current run began in 2008 following the Huskies' loss in the Final Four earlier that year.

The Huskies will face the winner West Virginia or Rutgers which was underway as of this writing.

Meanwhile, every win from here on brings the Huskies closer to the 88-game winning streak owned by the 1971-1974 UCLA men's basketball team coached by the legendary John Wooden.

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8:36 - March 8, 2010