PHILADELPHIA -- Geno Auriemma has always taken pride in the way his University of Connecticut women's basketball team plays on the road.
The hall of fame coach took pride in the way the Huskies played Wednesday night in setting a NCAA record for consecutive road wins.
Napheesa Collier had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds and Katie Lou Samuelson added 24 points as No. 1 UConn rolled past Temple 97-69 in American Athletic Conference action before 4,371 at the Liacouras Center.
"The way we started the game on the defensive end, the way we approached every switch and every rotation, everything we wanted to do to keep them off balance we got it done," Auriemma said. "What that did led to some really good stuff down at the other end. We wanted to attack them off the dribble because we knew what the pressure they want to put on you can do and we did a great job with that. And we were very, very efficient. We got great shots and we didn't rush anything. We had the right people getting the right shots at the right time.
"I can't think of one thing when we went in at halftime that I could've said, 'We need to do a better job.' That was about as good a first half as we've played, that and the South Florida game. That's good because Temple is a good team and they proved that in the second half by the way they played."
UConn (21-0 overall, 9-0 AAC) won its 96th straight game overall and broke its own mark for consecutive road wins with 35. The Huskies' last road loss was at Stanford on Nov. 17, 2014, the only game they've lost in their last 144.
"The way we practice, the way we approach every single game, it's almost better for us to be away than home in our comfort zone," Samuelson said. "Some people step up and take the challenge more. We just tend to go out there and play a little harder, play a little better, when we're away because we know that we have to."
Over the last 10 years, UConn has lost seven true road games -- two each at Stanford and Notre Dame, and one apiece at Baylor, Rutgers and North Carolina. Since the start of the 1993-94 season, the Huskies have finished with none or one true road loss 16 times. The last time they lost back-to-back true road games was January 1999, to Louisiana Tech and Boston College.
"I would like to think some of that is the way we prepare," Auriemma said. "Some of that is our coaching staff does a good job of getting their heads on right. We have good players and try to get them to be in the right at the right moment to play at a certain level."
Gabby Williams added 14 points, six assists and four blocked shots for UConn. Saniya Chong was the fourth UConn player in double figures with 12 points and six assists.
The Huskies made themselves at home, shooting 76.9 percent in the first half and 61.3 percent for the game while blanketing Temple's top threats.
"We were really on point where we got all of our switches right, we knew who the shooters and who the drivers were, and just knowing the scout and being locked in," Collier said.
UConn spotted Temple the game's first points but quickly took over.
Collier tied it and Samuelson followed with four points. After a 3-pointer by Donnaizha Fountain, the Huskies got the next 13 points including three baskets by Williams for a 19-5 lead. It was 25-8 after one quarter.
Samuelson had seven points and Chong five in an 18-2 run that made it 45-13. Collier beat the buzzer to put the Huskies up 52-18 at the break.
The Huskies' biggest lead was 39 but Temple (16-5, 6-2 AAC) competed to the end to cut the final margin to 28.
Collier, the AAC's leader in field-goal percentage, was 12-for-14 from the floor with her only two misses coming from behind the arc. The sophomore forward also had four blocked shots and three steals.
"She was really good tonight," Samuelson said. "She was there to clean up everything we missed. If there was anything to get, she got it for us."
UConn also welcomed back Crystal Dangerfield after she missed five games with a stress reaction of her left foot. The freshman point guard played 18 minutes off the bench and had six points.
"Considering she hasn't practiced except for a day or two and hasn't played in a long time, I thought there were some good signs there," Auriemma said. "Just her being out there helps us. Just her being on the floor gives us a chance to rest a couple of players."
Tanaya Atkinson, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Owls. Alliya Butts added 13, 10 of which came in the second half.
UConn maintained its 1.5-game lead over South Florida (18-3, 7-1 AAC) in the AAC race as the Bulls defeated Cincinnati on Wednesday night. Temple fell to third place with the loss. The Huskies and Owls will have a rematch at the XL Center in Hartford on Feb. 22.
Up next for UConn is Tulsa on Sunday at Gampel Pavilion (SNY, 2 p.m.).