STORRS, Conn. -- It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime things that the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has the chance to do twice in less than a decade.
The top-ranked Huskies will try to match their own NCAA record 90-game winning streak Tuesday night when they host No. 20 South Florida in an American Athletic Conference contest at the XL Center in Hartford.
"It would be cool just to say that we did it, and it will be talked about for however long," UConn forward Gabby Williams said after practice Monday at the Werth Champions Center. "People still talk about UCLA's streak and about the UConn team before us that did it. It's cool just because our names are going to be remembered."
UConn (14-0, 2-0 AAC) started its current winning streak on Nov. 23, 2014 by beating Creighton, six days after a 47-game run was snapped with an overtime loss to Stanford at Maples Pavilion.
The Huskies' first 90-game winning streak came courtesy of back-to-back 39-0 national championship seasons in 2009 and 2010 and 12 wins to start the 2010-11 campaign. That streak also ended with a loss at Stanford on Dec. 30, 2010.
"It's mostly fun because nobody thought that we would be here," Williams said. "It's fun to say we proved a lot of people wrong. For the last couple years it was, 'UConn is expected to do that.' This is the first time we had a little bit of underdog in us.
"I think it's big for everyone else, honestly. The talk has come from the people around us. For us it's, 'How do we beat USF?' and not, 'How do we get to 90 wins?'"
The Huskies own four of the five longest winning streaks in NCAA history. Their 70-game run (2001-03) ranks third while the 47-game winning streak is fifth. Louisiana Tech breaks up UConn's hold on the top five with a 54-game win streak from 1980 to 1982.
In fact, only UConn has won 90 of 91 games with the best one-loss run being its current 136-1 stretch. Louisiana Tech followed its 54-game streak with a 16-game winning streak that included it winning the first NCAA national championship in 1982. Then after a loss to Southern California in their second game of the 1982-83 campaign, the Lady Techsters won 30 in a row for a 100-2 run.
"I don't want to minimize it, because it is an incredible thing to be in position to do it once much less twice," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "But at the same time I don't want it to distract us from what we are trying to do long-term, which is to get ourselves ready for March. That is way more important than whatever the number is the streak is. "
Williams and guard Kia Nurse are the only Huskies to play in all 89 games of the winning streak. Only two players -- Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes -- saw action in all 90 games of the winning streak that ended six years ago.
For seniors Saniya Chong and Tierney Lawlor, the Stanford loss in 2014 is the only one of their careers. The Huskies are 130-1 since their arrival.
"Yeah, the streak is important," Chong said. "But I'm just going day by day, game by game, and not worrying about the winning streak we have. I know it's a huge and exciting moment for us and I'm glad that I'm a part of it."
The Huskies have had a few days to think about it. They haven't played since beating East Carolina 90-45 last Wednesday.
Their next weekend off will be the two days before Selection Monday when the 64-team NCAA Tournament field is announced.
"At this time of year, I don't like the break, especially during the semester break," Auriemma said. "It's probably better to be playing games and to be on the road than sitting at home doing nothing when we aren't in school.
"But we had a chance to get a little bit of time off and recharge. Between exams and Christmas and all that, it was good to have time off. But I'm sure they're anxious to play right now."
If there's any pressure, it hasn't shown up. To the Huskies, the pressure is on their opponent to play at their level.
"Like Coach always says, we're not defending anything; we're attacking the rest of the country," Williams said.
The Huskies know, though, that the eyes of the country will be on them.
While UConn has played eight teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, the Huskies are the first ranked opponent of the season for USF (13-1, 2-0).
The Bulls opened the season with eight wins before falling to Long Beach State in the Play4Kay Shootout in Las Vegas on Dec. 19. They've won their last five, including league wins over Tulane and Tulsa.
USF's biggest threat is Kitija Laksa, who was the 2016 AAC Freshman of the Year and is currently the league's top scorer.
"It will be a huge challenge," Chong said. "They have the one amazing player (Laksa) but they can all score. Our defense will have to step up. If we can come out and not let them do what they want, we'll be fine."
Nine players on coach Jose Fernandez's USF roster are from outside the United States, the most of any team in the country.
"They certainly are different in that they have so many foreign born players, and just by their nature they play the game differently," Auriemma said. "Their skills are a little bit different. They are better with the ball than most kids growing up in this country. They shoot the ball really well. They have experience playing against higher level of competition.
"Jose does a really good job of getting his best players a lot of shots. They work hard. They play hard. I had this conversation with him awhile back. They are going to be a perennial top 25 team as long as he is there because he has figured out how to be different, and he's making it work."
USF has never beaten UConn (0-20) or a top-10 team, let alone the No. 1 team, so Tuesday is a chance for the Bulls to make some history.
The Huskies know what history is on the line for them.
"To be in this situation and gone through it already and think it could happen again?" Auriemma said, shaking his head. "To think that it could happen once is ridiculous. To be in this position again? It makes no sense. It really doesn't."