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No. 1 UConn Women Rout ECU for 94th Straight Win

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    No. 1 UConn Women Rout ECU for 94th Straight Win
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    Connecticut's Kia Nurse drives around East Carolina's Dominique Claytors, left, and Khadidja Toure during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Greenville, N.C., Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Connecticut won 91-44.

    Gabby Williams had a triple-double and No. 1 UConn extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 94 games by beating East Carolina 91-44 on Tuesday night. 

    Williams finished with 16 points and tied career highs with 16 rebounds and 10 assists in the fifth triple-double in program history. It helped the Huskies (19-0, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) match their record of 34 consecutive road victories, a mark the four-time defending national champions first set from 2000-04. They can break the mark Feb. 1 at Temple.

    Katie Lou Samuelson finished with 20 points and Napheesa Collier added 16 for UConn, which never trailed and outscored East Carolina 45-20 in the second half.

    Kristen Gaffney had 13 points to lead the Pirates (10-11, 1-7). Their 22 turnovers turned into 33 points for UConn, and they've lost five straight and eight of nine.

    The Huskies haven't lost on an opponent's home floor since they fell at Stanford in overtime in 2014 and haven't been beaten on the road by an unranked opponent since Arizona State did it in 2004.

    Kia Nurse finished with 15 points for UConn.

    BIG PICTURE

    Connecticut: Before Williams stole the show with her triple-double, the key individual subplot was whether Samuelson would score 29 points and break the UConn record she already shared with Maya Moore for most points in a three-game stretch. Samuelson had matched Moore's record of 94 in her last three games, a stretch that included 34 points against Tulsa and 32 against Tulane.

    East Carolina: The Pirates haven't hung closer than 41 in any meeting with UConn, so they took their small victories where they could find them. East Carolina can brag about that second quarter in which it shot 70 percent, trimmed a 21-point deficit to 12 and held UConn without a field goal for more than 6 minutes. 

    UP NEXT

    Connecticut: The Huskies aim for consecutive victory No. 95 on Saturday when Houston visits the XL Center.

    East Carolina: The Pirates look to snap their losing streak on Jan. 31 when they visit Tulsa.

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