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Monday, February 26, 2018

UConn seniors Nurse, Williams continue their winning ways

Time will tell what will transpire during the remainder of their basketball careers for UConn seniors Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams but it will be hard the trifecta they just completed.

The Huskies finished undefeated in the regular season during the duo's sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. The third straight perfect regular season was clinched with the 82-53 win over South Florida.

"There are goals for each and every season so I think going undefeated is something that not a lot of teams get to do in their lifetime or in their career," Nurse said. "We are fortunate to have done it as many times as we have and that was just a testament to the coaches and what they do with us each and every year."

Nurse and Williams were honored before their final regular season game with Williams getting the additional bonus of seeing her No. 15 become part of the Huskies of Honor. When they left the court together with 3:34 to play, chants of "thank you seniors" could be heard. They combined for 28 points as UConn improved to 141-2 since their arrival.

"We realized, OK cool we accomplished that goal and we are onto the next now,' Williams said. "It wasn't easy for us with integrating six players, having to travel as much as we traveled it was really difficult so it just means more that we are here.

"You look at last year, it was so easy for us that when it got hard, we didn't know what to do. Now that we have been in situations when it is hard, we will now will know how to handle it so it will be good for us going into the tournament."

Williams had 18 points and nine assists while Nurse finished with 10 points marking the 49th time they scored in double figures in the same game.

"It is always incredible to have a night like tonght, to celebrate the last four years but to do it with your best friend makes it special," Nurse said.

UConn won't play again until Sunday. The winner of the Memphis/Tulane game on Saturday will meet the Huskies in the third of four quarterfinals at the American Athletic Conference tournament. A win by UConn would give the Huskies a chance to improve to 100-0 in conference play (counting the AAC tourney) since the formation of the league in Monday's semifinals.

Here's the breakdown of the tournament seeds
1. UConn
2. USF
3. UCF
4. Cincinnati
5. Houston
6. Wichita
7. ECU
8. Memphis
9. Tulane
10. SMU
11. Temple
12. Tulsa

Also, New Haven native Tanaya Atkinson won the scoring champion in all games at 21 points per game moving by USF's Kitija Laksa on the final day.


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