UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- It took until his fourth season for Geno Auriemma's University of Connecticut women's basketball team to play 30 games.
Now 30-win seasons are the norm for the Huskies and their hall of fame coach.
Top-seeded UConn reached the plateau again Saturday as Napheesa Collier scored 24 points in a 105-57 rout of No. 9 Tulsa in an American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinal game before an announced crowd -- it seemed much larger -- of 5,513 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
The Huskies (30-0) have won at least 30 games in a NCAA record 12 consecutive seasons and 22 times in the last 24 seasons.
"That's a lot of wins," Auriemma said. "The number that is impressive is we've done it 22 of the last 24 years and that means you have a great program and not just a great team. But I'm still pissed about the two years we didn't do it. We've got a couple of issues with those two years. I'm still mad at the guys who were on those teams."
In 12 of the previous 23 seasons, UConn also reached 35 wins, and that includes the 40-0 national championship campaign of three years ago.
"It's cool to carry on this tradition and make it part of the culture," UConn forward Gabby Williams said. "It's not that easy to do that. That this program has done it so many times and we've been able to carry it on is special."
The Huskies also pushed their overall winning streak to 105 and their postseason winning streak to 34. They've also won 29 straight league quarterfinal games.
UConn will face fourth-seeded Central Florida in Sunday's semifinals. The Knights (20-10) trailed No. 5 Tulane most of the way but closed strong to pick up a 61-57 victory.
Katie Lou Samuelson, who shared AAC Player of the Year honors with Collier, added 19 points for the Huskies. Also in double figures were Williams (17), Natalie Butler (13), Crystal Dangerfield (11) and Saniya Chong (10).
While she scored only two points, UConn was thrilled to welcome back Kia Nurse to the starting lineup. The junior guard had missed the last four games of the regular season with a stress reaction in her right ankle.
"She looked good," Williams said. "You saw the competitiveness back in her eyes. It was good to have our floor general back and it looked like she didn't miss a beat as far as being that guy that we can lean on. She just took over."
Auriemma played her for three stretches of about five minutes each as he was told by team trainers that 15 minutes would be a good amount of playing time. Nurse practiced on Friday for the first time since aggravating the injury in the Feb. 13 win over South Carolina.
"Because this injury was different for me in that you had to stay off it for awhile, that was the hardest part with me," Nurse said. "It's a lot on me, especially someone who is really competitive and always wants to be doing something. But I got through it.
"Today was a lot of fun, the ability to kind of get back and do a lot of different things was a good time for me."
With Nurse's minutes limited, Dangerfield against stepped up. The freshman was 4-for-6 from the floor while adding seven assists with just one turnover and four rebounds in 27 minutes.
Dangerfield has played at least 29 minutes in six straight games after doing so only three times previously.
"Crystal's gotten a lot better," Auriemma said. "The injury to Kia wasn't great for our team, obviously, but it was great for Crystal. She got a chance to ply a lot of minutes and we didn't really have a choice. She knew she was going to play and we needed her to play well. Even in practice she's been more involved and doing more. These last two weeks, Crystal has made huge strides."
UConn never trailed. Tulsa stayed close for several minutes before eight unanswered points -- capped by a Dangerfield hoop -- pushed the lead into double figures. A Chong 3 made it 25-12 after one quarter.
Ahead by 17, Samuelson (eight) and Collier (six) combined for 14 points in a 21-4 run that doubled the lead to 53-19.
It was 58-24 at the break and the Golden Hurricane got no closer. A Dangerfield drive with 2:04 to go put the Huskies in triple figures.
"Our guards did a good job of getting us the ball and we did a good job of finding each other today," Williams said. "And we got out in transition and that helped."
UConn had 27 assists on 38 baskets and committed just five turnovers. The Huskies also shot 62.3 percent from the floor and received 33 points from their bench. The reserves scored two points in last Monday's 96-68 win at South Florida that Dangerfield started.
"I thought we did a great job of handling the ball," Auriemma said. "For our team to get a great shot every time down the floor is big, big key for us. Defensively we were OK, not great. But I thought that everyone that played played well and that was a big focus for us coming in. We needed contributions from everyone. When you're playing three games in three days you need help from a lot of people. It was a great way to start the tournament."
Tulsa received 15 points from Erika Wakefield and nine from Ashley Hughes in completing the season at 10-21.
Zykira Lewis had 17 points as UCF topped Tulane.
UCF led for only a 55-second span in the first quarter until an Aliyah Gregory hoop gave the Knights a 50-49 edge with 2:13 left. Kolby Morgan answered with a three-point play to put the Green Wave back in front, but UCF answered with the next six points to lead 57-52. A Morgan trey made it a two-point game but Tulane would get no closer. Lewis' free throw made it 60-57 for the Knights and Morgan shot an airball from 25 feet looking for the tie. Nyala Shuler's free throw with three seconds to go put it away.
After playing UConn to a three-point decision on Feb. 18, Tulane (16-14) followed up by losing its next three games.
The Huskies defeated UCF 84-48 in the teams' only regular season meeting in Orlando on Jan. 1.
"If we want to be the best we have to play the best all the time and they are the best," UCF first-year coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said. "I really want it to be a huge challenge for our players, for them to step up and be fearless and play our game."
AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
(at Mohegan Sun Arena)
No. 4 Central Florida 61, No. 5 Tulane 57
No. 1 UConn 105, No. 9 Tulsa 57
No. 10 Houston vs. No. 2 Temple
No. 6 SMU vs. No. 3. South Florida
Central Florida vs. UConn, 5 p.m.
Houston/Temple winner vs. SMU/South Florida winner, 7:30 p.m.
MONDAY'S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.
Tournament winner receives AAC's automatic bid to NCAA tournament