GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Kia Nurse became the 42nd member of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team's 1,000-point club Tuesday night.
The top-ranked Huskies stretched their winning streak to 94 and tied their own NCAA record with their 34th consecutive road win with a 91-44 American Athletic Conference rout of East Carolina before 2,880 at Minges Coliseum.
But the night belonged to Gabby Williams. The junior forward recorded her elusive first career triple-double as she finished with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists in 34 minutes. She became the fifth UConn player to accomplish it when she threw the ball inside to Natalie Butler, who hit the short jumper with 4:32 left.
The Huskies' bench went wild.
"That says so much about this team and how unselfish we are," Williams said. "You know, it wasn't like I got a triple-double. Everybody got a triple-double. Kia got her 1,000th point and that's a win for everyone. That's how we look at things. None of these accolades are about individuals."
Williams joins Laura Lishness (versus Providence on March 5, 1989, in the Big East Tournament final), Stefanie Dolson (versus Oregon on Nov. 20, 2013), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (versus Saint Joseph's on March 25, 2014), and Kiah Stokes (vs. East Carolina on Jan. 28, 2015) in UConn's triple-double club.
There was an 865-game gap between Lishness' and Dolson's triple-double. The next three came in a 56-game span. There's a 96-game gap between the two triple-doubles against East Carolina.
"I didn't have a clue. I didn't think I had that many rebounds," Williams said.
"They had told me to get it into Nat and I wondered, 'Why are they so excited right now?' Once they started cheering I thought, 'Ahhhh, I think I got a triple-double."
She was replaced by Tierney Lawlor at the next best ball and received a warm reception at the bench.
"When Gabby threw that pass to Nat and scored, she thought we were trying to do something for Nat and had no idea it was one of those things you almost never get to experience," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "I told her the most important thing for me was the 10 offensive rebounds. I don't know if there's anything more important in your offense than being able to create more possessions. Some of the offensive rebounds she gets ... Some people have rebounds come to them and some go get them. She goes and gets them.
"She's an amazing athlete and her basketball skills are catching up to her God-given ability."
Katie Lou Samuelson, the AAC's leading scorer, led five Huskies in double figures with 20 points. Napheesa Collier added 18, Williams her 16, Nurse 15, and Butler 11.
Nurse, who came into her 96th career game with 988 points, hit 1,000 with 7:13 left in the third quarter when Williams blocked a shot and Nurse chased down the outlet pass from her classmate for the layup.
"It had to be her, it had to be a best-friend thing," Nurse said with a smile. "I'll take it. It's a good memory for us."
"It's awesome," Samuelson added. "Kia's been great for us this year, great these past three years."
UConn (19-0 overall, 7-0 AAC) has not lost on the road since its last loss on Nov. 17, 2014, at Stanford. The Huskies' previous 34-game road winning streak started with a win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 20, 2001, and was snapped by Notre Dame on Jan. 13, 2004.
After hosting Houston on Saturday (SNY, noon) at the XL Center in Hartford, UConn will go for the outright record Feb. 1 at Temple.
"I'm most proud of the fact that we show up every night on road games and play the same way regardless of who the opponent is," Auriemma said. "This is not an easy place to play. It was a very physical game with a lot of fouls. It's not going to be a clean game, nice and pretty like some are."
UConn stretched its run of not being behind to 435:59. It last trailed 4-2 to Kansas State on Dec. 11.
At 11-7, the Huskies went on a 17-2 run to close the first quarter and go up 28-9. Williams and Collier had six points each with Samuelson scoring the other five. But soon after taking a 21-point lead, Collier went to the bench with two fouls and the Huskies' sharpness went with her. East Carolina ran off nine unanswered points to pull within 12. UConn got 3-pointers from Samuelson and Saniya Chong but a Kristen Gaffney layup had the Pirates down just 38-24.
But as they did in the win over Tulane Sunday, a late surge -- eight points in the last 68 seconds -- broke it open. Nurse scored and Collier followed with a three-point play. Nurse then nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give UConn a 46-24 lead at the break.
East Carolina (10-11, 1-7) got no closer as the Huskies scored the first 15 points of the third quarter.
"We got a little frantic in what we were doing and we had to settle down," Nurse said. "We needed to execute and get some stops and turn our defense into offense. We did a good job of that."
Nurse added six assists to no turnovers and 26 of the Huskies' 33 baskets had assists attached to them. But Chong saw her streak without a turnover end with two garbage-time miscues in the last 3:45.
Kristen Gaffney, a graduate student transfer from Vanderbilt, led East Carolina with 13 points and seven rebounds. The Pirates committed 22 turnovers and shot 34.7 percent from the floor.
It's the second time in three weeks that UConn has hammered East Carolina. The Huskies picked up a 90-45 win over the cellar-dwelling Pirates on Jan. 4.
"A lot of positives we can take out of this game," East Carolina coach Heather Macy said.
One being the Pirates won't play the Huskies again this season unless they meet in the AAC tournament at Mohegan Sun Arena in March.
UConn leads the series with East Carolina 8-0 with an average margin of victory of 47.3 points.