HARTFORD, Connecticut -- In winning 136 of its last 137 games, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team has charged onto the floor at the final buzzer four times.
It happened shortly before the Huskies cut down the nets at New Orleans Arena in 2013, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in 2014, at Amalie Arena in Tampa in 2015 and at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis last April.
Being a victory away from matching its own NCAA record 90-game winning streak doesn't do much for UConn. After wrapping up a 90-45 rout of East Carolina in American Athletic Conference play Wednesday, the top-ranked Huskies jogged to their locker room at the XL Center with their mission accomplished, much like most other nights.
"When someone makes a great play, you'll see the whole bench jumping up and down," UConn forward Gabby Williams said. "I don't know how to put it, but those aren't the victories that we are seeking. We're trying to get victories that make us better in something and show progress."
UConn (14-0 overall, 2-0 AAC) can get to 90 straight wins for a second time by beating No. 22 South Florida here Tuesday.
"It's obviously exciting, but at the same time if you focus on it, bad things happen," UConn guard Kia Nurse said. "So for us, we are pretty even keeled in the sense that we take it one day at a time, one practice at a time, one game at a time. We understand it's a big thing and we are excited about it, but we have to focus on what comes next."
The Huskies have not trailed in the second half this season since their first two games against Florida State and Baylor. They have not trailed at all in their last five games, a span now covering 233:59 since being down 4-2 at Kansas State on Dec. 11.
They've played with no fear.
"Whenever you're afraid you get paralyzed, you don't take chances, you operate from a negative," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I know these guys are determined to win. That might be more accurate for them. They don't seem to be afraid. They don't play tentatively. They don't get caught up in any of it.
"This team is generally unemotional, duds. They were excited after the Florida State game because they almost lost. I didn't see them jumping up and down after any of our other games. I wasn't looking, but they weren't celebrating like they won Game 7 of the World Series. They're like, 'Yeah, whatever.' Who am I to change it?"
After a win over Chattanooga on Nov. 29, Auriemma wondered how tough his team was.
All the Huskies did in December was beat five ranked teams -- including Notre Dame and Maryland on the road -- to move up to the top spot in the Associated Press poll.
"I don't know that we are a bunch of tough guys that are going to come in and just maul you to death," Auriemma said. "I don't know that we are overwhelming when we just walk into the gym like when we had Asjha [Jones], Tamika [Williams], Swin [Cash], Sue [Bird], D [Diana Taurasi], Svet [Abrosimova] and Shea [Ralph]. Back then when we walked into the gym, everybody went, 'Well there is the team that is going to win right there.' I can't even put my finger on what it is about this team, other than the fact that I think they expect to win. They expect to win, somehow, someway, they expect to win."
Five players scored in double figures for UConn for the second time this season and in three games against East Carolina with Napheesa Collier's 21 points leading the way. Williams (16), Katie Lou Samuelson (15), Nurse (14) and Natalie Butler (season-high 12) followed as the Huskies hit the 90-point plateau for the first time since their win over DePaul on Dec. 1.
UConn scored the first 11 points and never looked back.
South Florida (13-1, 2-0) won its fifth straight game since suffering its only loss to Long Beach State on Dec. 19, riding Kitija Laksa's 37 points to an 84-68 AAC win over Tulsa at the Sun Dome Saturday. Laksa, the AAC's 2016 Freshman of the Year and the league's leading scorer as a sophomore, was 7-for-14 from behind the arc. Maria Jespersen recorded her fourth consecutive double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bulls have not played a ranked team this season and are also looking for their first win over UConn since they first met 14 years ago (0-20).
The Huskies don't want to change their approach going forward.
"The intangible stuff like our leadership is developing," Collier said. "The juniors and Lou are doing a great job of that. One of the things that is so good about us is that we don't have set roles on the court. Anyone can be the highest scoring person of the game. That is one of the reasons we are so unguardable right now. You can't try a box-and-one, because we have four other people who can score.
"I think off the court, we are the silliest, goofiest people you'll ever meet. On the court, we try to have fun but we get business done. When it's time to work, we're very serious."