By PAT EATON-ROBB AP Sports Writer
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Gabby Williams scored 18 points and dished out nine assists on her senior night and top-ranked UConn completed an undefeated regular season for the 10th time in program history with an 82-53 win over No. 20 South Florida.
Azura Stevens led all scorers with 21 points and Katie Lou Samuelson had 14 for the Huskies (29-0, 16-0 American), who are now 98-0 in games against American Athletic Conference opponents. They are 86-0 in the regular season and have won all four conference tournaments.
Kitija Laksa scored all but two of her 14 points in the second half for South Florida (24-6, 13-3). The Bulls lost for the first time in 10 games. They had won 12 of 13 since being blown out by UConn last month in Tampa.
Williams scored the first five Connecticut points Monday and the Huskies used a 13-0 run to break open a 10-8 game. It was 29-12 after 10 minutes.
Another run, this one 12-0 in the second quarter, put the game away. Williams had 16 points before halftime and the Huskies led 50-26 at the break.
South Florida: Laksa, who came in averaging 21 points a game made just five of her 19 shots and was 0 for 5 in the first half. She failed to score in the teams’ first meeting this season, a 100-49 loss… USF needs just three more wins to match the highest win total in program history.
UConn: Seniors Kia Nurse and Williams are undefeated at home. Nurse finished with 10 points. UConn is 141-2 during their UConn careers with two national championships. Williams name was added to the wall at Gampel Pavilion that honors UConn All-Americans. The Huskies improved to 250-62 all-time against ranked opposition and 9-0 this season.
South Florida: The Bulls are seeded second in the conference tournament and will play their first game in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
UConn: The Huskies are the top-seed in the American Athletic Conference Tournament. They also will play their first game in the quarterfinals on Sunday.
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