HARTFORD, Conn. -- The University of Connecticut women's basketball team went almost 25 years between triple-doubles.
Now the Huskies have three in the last 14 months.
Senior Kiah Stokes had 10 points, 11 rebounds, and a school-record 10 blocked shots Wednesday as No. 2 UConn blasted East Carolina 87-32 in American Athletic Conference action before 7,269 at the XL Center.
"We're always happy when one of our teammates reaches an accomplishment like that," UConn point guard Moriah Jefferson said. "Kiah came out and she was just killing it tonight. I'm not surprised that she had a triple-double. She gets like seven blocks every game anyway, doesn't she? What's a couple of more?"
Stokes is the fourth UConn player to record a triple-double and the first to do it with a combination other than points, rebounds, and assists. Laura Lishness had the Huskies' first triple-double (14 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in the 1989 Big East tournament championship game against Providence in South Orange, New Jersey. The second didn't come until Nov. 20, 2013, when Stefanie Dolson had 26 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists against Oregon here. Then on March 25, 2014, Kaleena-Mosqueda Lewis had 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in a NCAA tournament second-round win over Saint Joseph's at Gampel Pavilion.
"I just think it really shows how we support each other," Stokes said. "You know, they didn't have to pass me the ball at the end. It's awesome to be on a close team like we have that wants each other to do so well."
Stokes did most of her damage in the second half and played a total of 22 minutes.
Assistant coach Marisa Moseley gave her a late push to help the Marion, Iowa, native get over the top.
"There were about two minutes left and Marisa was whispering to me on the court, 'You need one more block, one more rebound, and you have to score,' " Stokes said. "I was like, 'What?' She told me to shoot and get blocks. I figured I was close to a triple-double."
Stokes recorded her 10th block with 1:47 remaining and maintained possession to be credited with her 10th rebound. With 33 seconds to go, she took a pass from Briana Pulido and converted the layup for her 10th point.
She laughed that it took her the longest to reach double figures in points.
"That would happen in my case," Stokes said with a smile. "But that's something I need to keep working on and try to be an option on offense and a presence in the lane."
Her 10-block effort breaks the mark of nine that was shared by Rebecca Lobo (versus Seton Hall on Jan. 13, 1995), Kelly Schumacher (versus Tennessee in the national championship game on April 2, 2000), and Tina Charles (versus Notre Dame on Jan. 27, 2007).
Stokes has 93 blocks in 20 games to lead the AAC.
"Kiah's in a defensive mindset right now," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "Very few players can get to that comfort level where they know that they can take chances and impact any shot they want to impact. I've seen people do that in the past. I don't know if I've seen anyone do it as consistently and as often as Kiah's done it.
"She's doing things that hopefully will become a part of who she is at both ends of the court."
UConn (19-1 overall, 9-0 AAC) rolled to its 18th straight win as it dominated another totally overmatched league opponent.
Morgan Tuck led six Huskies in double figures with 17 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists. All-American Breanna Stewart stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, five steals, and two blocks. Jefferson, Kia Nurse, and Gabby Williams had 11 points each. Then, of course, there was Stokes with her triple-double.
East Carolina (13-8, 4-6) actually scored first and the lead held up for eight seconds as Nurse answered with a layup. In nine AAC games, the Huskies have trailed twice for a total of 24 seconds.
UConn used a 24-2 run to break the second and last tie. Four points by Tuck got it started and baskets by Stewart and Jefferson made it 12-4. Abria Trice scored for the Pirates but they would not score again for 4:56. A Stewart hoop and three-point play by Jefferson pushed the lead to double figures. Stewart then netted five straight points and a hoop by Tuck and two baskets by Jefferson made it 28-6.
It was 47-18 at the break and East Carolina got no closer as the Huskies scored the first eight points of the second half.
"I give UConn a lot of credit for tonight," East Carolina coach Heather Macy said. "They're an incredible basketball team. I was disappointed in our performance tonight.
"UConn sets the standard in our league. We're all just trying to play catch-up."
Jada Payne, who came in as the AAC's third-leading scorer, played 36 minutes and had 13 points on 5-for-18 shooting.
The Huskies dominated on the boards (49-29) as well as in points in the paint (66-18) and points off turnovers (29-9).
Next for UConn is a trip to Philadelphia to take on Temple at McGonigle Hall on Sunday.