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Gabby Williams Leads UConn Women’s Basketball Past USF on Senior Night, 82-53

The Huskies close out yet another perfect regular season.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

The UConn women’s basketball team secured their 10th undefeated regular season with an 82-53 victory over the USF Bulls.

The Huskies’ senior class of Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams were honored before the game. Williams’ No. 15 was enshrined forever in the Huskies of Honor after meeting the requirement of being a WBCA First Team All-American in 2016-17.

While the spotlight was on the seniors before the game, Williams made sure it stayed on them once it began. The Sparks, Nevada native scored the Huskies’ first five points en route to 18 points, nine assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Kia Nurse, meanwhile, scored 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting while adding four rebounds.

Both teams got off to a slow start as UConn held just a 7-4 lead going into the media timeout. Out of the stoppage, the Huskies shook off senior day emotions and quickly exploded with an 11-0 run to command a double-digit lead.

Geno Auriemma, Gabby Williams, Kia Nurse, Katie Lou Samuelson, Azura Stevens postgame video

USF got the game back in control for a short time as they traded hoops with UConn but could only hang on for so long. The Huskies ripped off a 12-0 run to crush the Bulls’ spirit and put the game away before the half.

Going into the break, UConn held a 50-26 lead.

USF made noise in the second half in the form of a 7-0 spurt, only to have it answered with a 9-0 run from the Huskies. Every time the Bulls made a play, UConn responded. Despite being the second-best team in the American Athletic Conference, USF simply did not have the firepower to stay with the best team in the nation.

Head coach Geno Auriemma let his seniors play deep into the fourth quarter before taking them out to a standing ovation from the crowd at Gampel Pavilion.

Azura Stevens contributed 21 points, six rebounds and three assists in just 18 minutes of action. Katie Lou Samuelson added 14 points on 3-of-7 shooting from deep.

Next, the Huskies open the American Conference Tournament at Mohegan Sun on Sunday. They will play the winner of the 8-seed/9-seed game at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU.