STORRS, Conn. -- Women's basketball fans from around the country are becoming familiar with the exploits of University of Connecticut junior forward Gabby Williams.
Forty-five minutes after the No. 1 UConn completed a 91-44 victory at East Carolina Tuesday night, the 1.56 million Twitter followers of ESPN analyst Jay Bilas learned a little more about Williams as well.
"UConn's Gabby Williams had 16 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals against ECU. Most complete player in college hoops," Bilas tweeted.
Bilas had made a similar comment during a recent College Gameday segment on ESPN.
While the Huskies have a team rule against tweeting during the season, their junior forward knew what Bilas said on the social media site.
"It's one of those things that is super cool that I would even be on his radar," Williams said Friday after practice at the Champions Center. "It also kind of puts some pressure on me to make sure that I prove him right. It's just a great compliment."
Williams' triple-double against the Pirates was the fifth in UConn program history. No one has had two. The Sparks, Nevada native can take a shot at that Saturday when the Huskies host Houston in American Athletic Conference action at the XL Center in Hartford (SNY, noon).
Through 19 games, Williams is fourth on UConn in scoring (12.5) and leads in rebounds (8.6), assists (5.4) and steals (2.8) -- all career bests. She is also in the top five in the AAC in rebounds, assists, assist-to-turnover ratio, steals, field-goal percentage and blocked shots.
"My coaches and teammates have put me in a position to do what I'm doing now," Williams said. "We don't focus on individual things like that but we want to be sure we get the best out of everybody."
UConn coach Geno Auriemma, who speaks highly of Bilas, was asked about the former Duke star's tweet about his player.
"That's saying a lot, obviously," Auriemma said. "That's saying a lot coming from anybody. I actually did contact Jay. He made another comment about our program about UConn women's basketball is the most successful program in college basketball history. I said, 'It's nice to hear that and coming from you that's really, really, really meaningful.'
"And it's the same thing about Gabby. When he says something like that, who watches more basketball than Jay Bilas? I don't think anyone watches more basketball than he does. And he certainly has a keen insight into the game. I don't think he's making it up and I don't think that he's just trying to be nice.
"If you look at what her numbers are in terms of points and rebounds and assists and steals, and you look around the country, who has that? I don't follow the game as closely as Jay does, but it not must be a lot for him to say that. It's pretty flattering."
Dangerfield nears return
Crystal Dangerfield was probably never so happy to put on a sneaker. The UConn freshman guard, who has missed the last four games with a stress reaction of her left foot, was out of her walking boot Friday.
She took part in the Huskies' "five spot" drill that ends each practice. She will sit out today's game but could be back in time for Wednesday's AAC showdown at Temple.
"She did some shooting today, and that's really the first time she's been out on the court," Auriemma said. "She'll do some more tomorrow morning and we'll see. She's not playing tomorrow but hopefully will be good enough to go at least a little bit on Wednesday. She won't be able to go 40 minutes against Temple. But she'll go a little bit and even a little bit helps at this point."
Dangerfield is averaging 6.1 points and 3.2 assists in 23.0 minutes over 14 games. She has not played since seeing 20 minutes of action against South Florida on Jan. 10.
UConn junior guard Kia Nurse will receive a commemorative basketball in a pregame ceremony today. Nurse became the 42nd member of the Huskies' 1,000-point club Tuesday night … UConn will have "Carnival Day" today from 10:30 a.m. until tip-off at noon. Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy carnival games in the XL Center atrium off of Trumbull Street. The first 300 kids ages 12 and under to visit the Carnival Area will be given a UConn Stuffed Animal Husky.