STORRS — Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Napheesa Collier added 18 to help top-ranked UConn to its 100th consecutive victory with a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina in Storrs, Connecticut on Monday night.
Coach Geno Auriemma never thought his team would come close to reaching the century mark, let alone break the previous NCAA record set by the Huskies from 2008-10. The Hall of Fame coach set up the most difficult non-conference schedule in the country, playing five of the top eight teams in the AP women’s basketball poll before Monday.
They came away victorious in each one. The Huskies (25-0) last lost on Nov. 17, 2014, at Stanford.
Trailing 29-28 late in the first half, the Huskies scored seven straight to take a six-point halftime lead. South Carolina (21-3) cut its deficit to 40-37 midway through the third quarter, but Williams had consecutive layups to start an 11-2 run to close the period and put the game away.
The win had fans bursting with excitement. Freshman Roger Watchmann described the vibe inside Gampel Pavillion during the game as intense.
“Yeah it's amazing! It was actually my first UConn basketball game and to have it be this one is pretty special,” Watchmann said.
Megan Leighton, a senior at UConn, told FOX 61, “it was nuts! Everyone was going crazy we have great fans it was awesome!”
Many students described the historic night as one that brought them all together in celebration.
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