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Williams leads UConn to rout of Houston, 95th straight win

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, gives a ball to Kia Nurse in recognition of reaching 1,000 career points before an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, right, gives a ball to Kia Nurse in recognition of reaching 1,000 career points before an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Hartford, Conn. (Jessica Hill / Associated Press)
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HARTFORD, Conn. – Gabby Williams scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked UConn to its 95th straight win, a 91-42 women’s basketball rout of Houston on Saturday.

The sophomore, coming off the first triple-double of her career, has scored and rebounded in double figures 16 times, including seven this season.

Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse each scored 16 and Napheesa Collier added 12 points and 10 boards for the Huskies, who are 20-0 for the 10th time in the program’s history.

Freshman Jasmyne Harris had 14 points to lead Houston (8-13, 1-7 American Athletic Conference), which has lost seven in a row after an 8-6 start to the season.

The Huskies (8-0 American) outshot the Cougars 49 percent to 29 percent from the floor, forced 25 Houston turnovers and outrebounded the Cougars 47-31.

Houston stayed with UConn early and took a 6-4 lead on a driving layup by Chyanne Butler. That was the first time the Huskies had trailed in more than 10 games, since facing a 4-2 deficit on Dec. 11 during a 17-point win over Kansas State.

UConn responded by scoring the last 13 points of the quarter, part of a 21-0 run that put the Huskies up 25-6.

Samuelson missed her first four shots from the floor before draining a long 3-pointer. She had 11 points by halftime, Williams had 14, Nurse had 10 and the UConn led 43-18.

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