Brooklyn Col. 60, Concordia, N.Y. 54
BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (AP) _ The longest losing streak in NCAA sports history ended at 58 games Monday night when the Brooklyn College women’s basketball team beat Concordia, N.Y., 60-54.
″We knew it was a matter of time,″ assistant coach Art LaFranca said. ″One win doesn’t make a season, but now we can move on.″
Brooklyn had not won since February 1987. The team was winless last season and is 1-24 this season with two games remaining.
The losing streak was the longest in any sport in any division of NCAA competition. The University of Dallas, an NAIA school, lost 86 consecutive games in men’s basketball.
Brooklyn led the entire way in winning at Concordia. The Lady Kingsmen were ahead 52-50 late in the game before Tiffany Ellzy made two consecutive baskets to increase their margin.
″It’s nice to get the monkey off our backs,″ LaFranca said. ″It was important for our kids to know they could win one.″
The Lady Kingsmen start four freshmen and have seven freshmen on the team. Only three players remain from the team that began the losing streak in 1987.
Head coach Molly Perdue and assistants Linda Yost and LaFranca began at Brooklyn the same season the streak started.