STORRS, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart had 473 field-goal attempts during her senior season when she was national Player of the Year for the third time and led the University of Connecticut women's basketball team to its fourth straight national championship.
She remembers the one shot that was blocked.
Temple's Donnaizha Fountain earned some recognition a year ago when she came from behind Stewart and rejected her layup bid in the first half of a game in Philadelphia. Fountain then let everyone know about it with a version of Cam Newton's Superman celebration.
But when Fountain made a move into the lane during the second quarter of Wednesday night's game at the Liacouras Center, UConn sophomore Napheesa Collier was waiting. The American Athletic Conference's leader in blocked shots stuffed Fountain's bid back in her face, then raced down court and took an outlet pass from Natalie Butler for a layup that was part of her double-double effort of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
"Maybe Stewie would be proud of me," Collier said with a laugh.
It was the kind of athletic play that the top-ranked Huskies, who play host to Tulsa at Gampel Pavilion on Sunday (SNY, 1 p.m.), have made all season.
"I don't know if our team's athleticism is under-appreciated," said Collier, whose best block of the season is still the one that came against Florida State's Shakayla Thomas in the final seconds of the Nov. 14 game that preserved a one-point lead. "I haven't heard anyone say that. Clearly, we are athletic. It shows how we can play when we want to. We can be a good defensive team. We can get out in transition."
UConn (21-0 overall, 9-0 AAC) has made a living this season with its transition offense and turning turnovers into points. Its defense, expected to be a question mark at the start of the year, has been reliable most nights.
Add it together, and it's easy to see while its NCAA record winning streak now stands at 96.
While everyone knew what kind of athlete Gabby Williams was based on her past in track and field, the rest of the Huskies' starters -- Collier, Kia Nurse, Saniya Chong and Katie Lou Samuelson -- won't ever be considered slow and clumsy.
"There are some games that we show our athletic ability and how aggressive we can be with the things we do," Samuelson said. "Then there are games we kind of hide and stoop to places that we really don't want to be. We have a lot of ups and downs, But we can be really good, like we were in the first half against Temple, and that's where we want to get to for 40 minutes."
Williams believes UConn's athleticism comes out when it is on top of its game.
The Huskies made a rather athletic Temple team look slow Wednesday night. They forced the Owls into turnovers and tough shots and a 19-3 run gave them a 25-8 lead after one quarter.
At the end of the first half, Collier took possession of the ball after a block by Butler on Khadijah Berger and beat Temple's defenders down the floor. She took a lob from Chong and scored just before the buzzer to put UConn ahead by 34 at the break.
"I've never thought about it, but I think that you can see how athletic we are by how versatile we are," Williams said. "All five of us, we can switch, we can guard anyone on the floor. That highlights our athleticism.
"We're smart, we're learning how to play with each other, and we're communicating well. But at the same time, we have guys who are big who can defend guards. We have smaller guys that can muscle up against big guys. I think that shows our athleticism."
Back in 2009 and 2010 when UConn had Tina Charles, Maya Moore and Kalana Greene, its athleticism was a strength. The same when the Class of 2002 -- Swin Cash, Sue Bird, Asjha Jones and Tamika Williams -- took the floor with Diana Taurasi.
Perhaps the athleticism of these Huskies is underrated because they don't look the part.
"When you look at some of the things we can do, our length gives some teams problems and we are a little quicker to the ball than people might think we would be," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Lou got to some balls [at Temple] that you would think she can't get to. So I think sometimes it does get overlooked. I don't know. A lot of things get overlooked. Maybe we don't look it. We don't necessarily look it.
"When we had Tina, Maya and those guys, we looked it. When we had Tamika, Asjha, Swin, Sue, Diana, Shea [Ralph] and those guys, when we walked in the gym people would go, 'Oh crap, we have to play against these guys?' Now I don't think anybody is intimidated by what we look like. But we are a little more athletic than we look."
Tulsa (8-14, 4-5) would be able to attest to that.
When the teams met at Tulsa's Reynolds Center on Jan. 17, the Huskies raced past the Golden Hurricane for the game's first 14 points. Samuelson finished with a career high 34 points as UConn posted a 98-58 win.
Tulsa has won three of four games since and is coming off a 100-92 home overtime win over East Carolina as freshmen Kendrian Elliott and Shug Dickson combined for 47 points.
"We just need to come in and approach it like we did against Temple, like we did against USF, hit them first and hit them hard," Collier said.
UConn will try to maintain its 1.5-game lead over South Florida in the AAC race. The 20th-ranked Bulls also play Sunday as they travel to Memphis.