ATLANTA - Maya Moore return to her roots on today, and she's bringing along quite a treat for the home folks.
Moore's top-ranked Connecticut Huskies have a shot at equaling the longest winning streak in women's basketball history when they face Georgia Tech.
UConn (2-0) has won 80 in a row, a streak that barely stayed alive Tuesday when the Huskies held off No. 2 Baylor 65-64. Now, it's off to a city that Moore knows well, sparking unprecedented interest at Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets had sold more than 6,000 tickets as of Saturday, and were hoping for the first home sellout ever at 9,100-seat Alexander Memorial Coliseum. They were even hyping the contest during the football game against Duke.
Moore has no doubt that most of those fans will be cheering for the home team.
"I've heard a lot of friends and family say they'll be there," she said. "But it is a road game, so we're going to expect a crowd against us and we're going to come together even more."
In a fortuitous bit of timing, the Huskies will be going for their 81st victory in a row, which would tie Washington University in St. Louis for the longest streak at any level of women's college basketball. The Division III school went without a loss from 1998-2001.
Like so many teams before, Georgia Tech (3-1) is eager to put an end to UConn's streak.
"If and when it happens, it will be a historical moment," coach MaChelle Joseph said. "We've won a lot of games at home. We know how to protect our home floor. We understand what's ahead and what it's going to take. Our kids are excited. We've got some talent. It will be exciting to watch. It's a great matchup and you never know what might happen. That's why you play the game."