DALLAS -- What the University of Connecticut women's basketball team does if it earns the opportunity to return to this city and the American Airlines Center for the NCAA Final Four in a bit over two months will determine what it's best remembered for.
But the Huskies have their piece of history that cannot be taken away.
Katie Lou Samuelson had 28 points while Gabby Williams (19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, five steals) and Napheesa Collier (19 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots) recorded double-doubles Saturday as the top-ranked Huskies won their NCAA record 91st straight game with an 88-48 American Athletic Conference victory over SMU before 3,878 at Moody Coliseum.
"It's a cool accomplishment but there's a lot more we want to do this season," Samuelson said. "I'm sure we'll look back at it more later than right now. Maybe at the end of the year, a couple of years ...
"That's the part I'm happiest about, that there's more out there. Don't get me wrong. I'm not taking this for granted and it's one of the coolest things that I've ever been a part of. It's crazy to see the players that won the 90 before and I'm in this situation I'm in now. But now we can focus one game at a time and not worry if we're keeping a streak up or not."
UConn (16-0 overall, 4-0 AAC) shared the record of 90 with another group of Huskies (2008-10) who had back-to-back 39-0 national championship seasons in 2009 and 2010 then won the first 12 games of the 2010-11 season before losing at Stanford.
The 91-game winning streak started with a victory over Creighton at Gampel Pavilion on Nov. 23, 2014. UConn captured the final 37 games to win the 2015 national championship then went 38-0 a year ago to win an unprecedented fourth straight NCAA title. Of its 16 wins this season, nine have come against teams currently ranked in the Associated Press top 25.
"There's a feeling of accomplishment. There's a feeling they've done something significant," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "But there isn't this over-the-top screaming and yelling like we just won the national championship. Though I did tell them that what they did today may be more significant than winning a national championship.
"It's like we're so focused on what's all the way out there. That's the one thing everyone gears up for, that one night in March you're playing for the national championship. That's become the focus every day and all of a sudden you wake up on a day like today along the way and you realize, 'Oh my God, I can't believe we did this.' It's a lot. Ninety-one games is a lot."
The Huskies did stay on the floor at Moody Coliseum for awhile and celebrated with the many fans who came here to support them.
The players were given t-shirts with "91" on them.
"It's the same as a bunch of other games, but obviously it's a little different," Auriemma said. "But like I told the players, maybe down the road they'll be able to take a good look at it. But right now I'm really proud of this group and what they've been able to accomplish in the short period of time that this team has been together. They were put in a very difficult situation. If this streak was important, it never seemed like that. No one ever acted like it was. I'm sure they were aware of it. They overcame and fought a lot of things from November to today and I'm proud of them. They've grown up a lot."
The achievement was recognized by Anucha Browne, the NCAA Vice President of Women's Basketball Championships.
"Congratulations to Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies on the sustained excellence it has taken to establish a new consecutive games won record," Browne said in a statement. "Even though they make it look easy at times, 91 wins and counting is an unbelievable accomplishment. It is saying something when you have broken the all-time consecutive games won record three times. To have won over 70 games in a row three times over the last 14 years is a testament to the UConn student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans who continue to fuel the program. Kudos to the UConn women's basketball program for continuing to raise the bar for the rest of the sport."
SMU first-year coach Travis Mays praised UConn as well.
"What a good team. What a very, very good team," Mays said. "They said this was going to be a down year for them. But that's a program with a championship pedigree."
The Huskies did not trail for the seventh straight game, scoring the first 21 points, and ran their streak of not trailing to 313:59 dating to the Kansas State game on Dec. 11.
A rebound hoop by Collier opened the scoring and Williams followed with a layup after blocking two SMU shots. Samuelson scored five points sandwiched around a Collier basket and a Williams steal and layup made it 13-0.
Collier then nailed a 3 and baskets by Kia Nurse and Samuelson pushed it to 21-0 before the Mustangs' Alicia Froling scored on a drive for SMU's first points with 7:57 gone. But Samuelson answered with a trey and two Collier free throws gave UConn a 26-2 bulge after one quarter.
"We came out with a lot of energy and everything started with our defense," Williams said. "Ninety percent of what we got tonight was in transition."
The rest of the half was sloppy but Samuelson scored the final seven points of the period to put UConn ahead 44-18 at the break.
'"We're not machines. We're not some piece of technology that you hit the button every day and it looks like it did last Tuesday night," Auriemma said. "We reminded ourselves and everyone else we're nowhere near perfect. "It's not like we play perfect basketball every night, but they've come a long way. I'm really happy for them."
The final 20 minutes was a countdown to No. 91.
UConn's past was represented at Moody Coliseum by three-time national champion Caroline Doty. Its future was represented by Class of 2017 signee Lexi Gordon from nearby Fort Worth.
"Coach said during shootaround that we weren't going to think about anything that's happening until after we take care of business," Samuelson said. "It was just a game and we were definitely focused on playing. There were moments we had rough patches, so we had to clean that up before we ended it. But it was a lot of fun afterwards."
Froling -- the only AAC player averaging a double-double -- had her 11th in 17 games for the Mustangs (10-7, 1-3) as the Australian finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds along with five blocked shots.
SMU and UConn will meet again at Gampel Pavilion on Feb. 11.
The Huskies will stay in the area and attend the Dallas Mavericks' game with the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday. They return to action Tuesday at Tulsa (SNY, 8 p.m.).
They'll bring their new NCAA record along.
"It's nice to have it over with and say, 'We did it,' " Williams said. "It's something that we can always look back on."