ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gabby Williams has a unique way of filling a stat sheet, but has never been concerned about her numbers.
The All-American senior forward does make one exception and that's for the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's win total. She has been part of 134 of them heading into Wednesday's American Athletic Conference contest against Central Florida at CFE Arena (SNY, 7 p.m.).
Maybe that's why her number will be part of the Huskies of Honor program come her Senior Night.
"I think about our record," Williams said. "It's more just a feeling that I have contributed to every one of those wins. I never expected to come in and score a certain amount of points or get a certain amount of steals. It's always just been important to me that I've helped us win."
Her latest winning effort came Sunday as she had 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocked shots in 24 minutes in the top-ranked Huskies' 106-65 victory over Cincinnati. The performance followed her double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds at No. 7 South Carolina last Thursday. On Monday, the Sparks, Nevada, native was named the AAC Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Her recent surge has come as she battles a hip issue with the psoas muscle that leads to the hip flexor. She has not played 30 minutes in any game since Texas on Jan. 15.
"I just can't let injuries like that detract from my play," Williams said. "My goal is to go out there and play like nothing is wrong with me at all."
Williams is averaging 10.6 points and ranks among the AAC leaders in rebounds (sixth, 7.8), assists (second, 5.0), steals (third, 2.5), and field-goal percentage (58.0). She also moved up to sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.8. After having more turnovers than assists through eight games, her assist-to-turnover ratio the last 14 games is 3.0 -- 78 assists to 26 turnovers.
"There will be passes she'll throw and you don't even know you're open," UConn guard Kia Nurse said. "But they get through there and they thread the needle, and that's what is so great about it. When you have someone who has that vision, that timing, and that ability to get the ball where it needs to go when it needs to be there, it makes your life a whole lot easier."
Williams is also moving up UConn's all-time lists.
At South Carolina, she passed 1,400 points and 900 rebounds. She recorded her 400th assist Sunday. Also Sunday she moved into the top 10 in rebounds with 912, passing former All-American Swin Cash's 910, as she makes her charge to become the seventh player in UConn's 1,000-1,000 club. Williams is already eighth in steals with 273. The only players in the Huskies' top 10 in rebounds and steals are her and three-time Wade Trophy winner Maya Moore.
"Gabby still does things where I'm like, 'Well, OK, you can do that and no one else can,' " Nurse said with a smile.
Williams will look to add to her totals and UConn's win total when the Huskies (22-0 overall, 10-0 AAC) face UCF.
The Knights (16-7, 8-2) have won five in a row since suffering back-to-back losses to UConn and USF last month and are tied for second in the league race with USF, two games behind the Huskies. They entered the week with a Top 50 RPI. They are tops in the AAC in scoring defense at 53.7 points per game (though they are 11th in scoring offense at 58.5), and third in field-goal percentage defense (36.6) and steals (10.7).
In the first UConn-UCF meeting of the season on Jan. 10 at Gampel Pavilion, the Huskies led by just 12 early in the second half when Williams intercepted an Aliyah Gregory pass, got the ball ahead to Crystal Dangerfield, who returned it to Williams for a layup. The play helped spark a spurt that doubled the lead to 24 after three quarters run and UConn finished with an 80-44 victory.
"What they have done is they have established, 'This is our identity. This is our style of play. This is the defense we are going to play, and this is what we are going to do on offense,' " UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "They are committed to it, and they recruit the kind of players that play to that. That is what you want as a coach. What is the identity of your team going to be? You can summarize a team in just a few words. They play a great zone defensively, they are very patient on offense, and they are great mid-range shooters.
"They make the game the way they want to make it. It's hard to get them out of their game. When you go down there, you have to make shots early and you have to make a bunch of them. Then once they get down, maybe you can speed them up. But if the game is played at a slow pace, then you have a tough time with them."
Dangerfield, who sat out the Cincinnati game as she deals with shin splints in her left leg, is expected to be a game day decision. Wednesday's contest starts a stretch of three games in six days for UConn, which hosts Wichita State at the XL Center Saturday and No. 4 Louisville at Gampel Pavilion on Monday.
Williams could set a personal mark Wednesday as she has never recorded three straight double-doubles. She'll be happy if the Huskies pick up their 23rd consecutive win.
"I don't think about numbers, honestly," Williams said. "It's the intangibles and being the energy on defense, and the ability to guard guys who are bigger than me or smaller than me. I don't think there is a number that I am particular proud of. It's more the effort."
WOODEN TOP 20
UConn has placed four players -- Williams, Nurse, Napheesa Collier, and Katie Lou Samuelson -- on the 2018 Wooden Award late-season top 20 list, it was announced Monday.
Mississippi State was the only other team that had multiple selections with two -- Teaira McCowan and Victoria Vivians. The AAC, Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Southeastern Conference each had four players chosen. There are 10 seniors, nine juniors, and one sophomore (Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu) on the list.
Rounding out the top 20 are Kristine Anigwe (California), Ariel Atkins (Texas), Kalani Brown (Baylor), Lexie Brown (Duke), Jordin Canada (UCLA), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Asia Durr (Louisville), Katelynn Flaherty (Michigan), Megan Gustafson (Iowa), Kelsey Mitchell (Ohio State), Arike Ogunbowale (Notre Dame), Shakayla Thomas (Florida State), and A'ja Wilson (South Carolina).
Collier and Samuelson were 2017 Wooden All-Americans.
Players not appearing on the late-season are still eligible for the national ballot, which will be announced in early March and will consist of 15 players.
For the 14th consecutive week, UConn was the unanimous No. 1 team in the Associated Press poll. The poll was released before any of Monday night's games involving ranked teams were played.
The top five remained the same. Unbeaten Mississippi State (24-0) stayed at No. 2, receiving 29 second-place votes, two third-place votes, and one fourth-place vote. The Bulldogs rallied past South Carolina Monday night. Baylor (22-1), which held off Oklahoma Monday night, Louisville (24-1) and Notre Dame (22-2) rounded out the top five.
Texas (18-4) moved up two spots to sixth, while South Carolina (18-5) stayed at No. 7 following its loss to UConn. UCLA (19-4) rose one place to eighth, Oregon (21-4) fell three spots to ninth after a loss to Stanford, and Maryland (20-3) went up one spot to 10th.
North Carolina State (No. 23) and Arizona State (No. 25) entered the top 25 while West Virginia and California dropped out. USF (19-5) got 28 points and is tied with Belmont for second in the also receiving votes category.