HARTFORD - Gabby Williams isnât a numbers person, unless the number is 134.
Thatâs how many wins - so far - the All-American senior forward has been a part of since coming to UConn.
âI think about our record,â Williams said. âItâs more just a feeling that I have contributed to every one of those wins. I never expected to come in and score a certain amount of points or get a certain amount of steals. Itâs always just been important to me that Iâve helped us win.â
Her latest winning effort came Sunday as she had 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and three blocked shots in 24 minutes in the top-ranked Huskiesâ 106-65 victory over Cincinnati. The performance followed her double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds at No. 7 South Carolina last Thursday. On Monday, the Sparks, Nevada, native was named the American Athletic Conference player of the week for the second time this season.
Her recent surge has come as she battles a hip issue with the psoas muscle that leads to the hip flexor. She has not played 30 minutes in any game since Texas on Jan. 15.
âI just canât let injuries like that detract from my play,â Williams said. âMy goal is to go out there and play like nothing is wrong with me at all.â
Williams is averaging 10.6 points and ranks among the AAC leaders in rebounds (sixth, 7.8), assists (second, 5.0), steals (third, 2.5), and field-goal percentage (58.0). She also moved up to sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.8. After having more turnovers than assists through eight games, her assist-to-turnover ratio the last 14 games is 3.0 - 78 assists to 26 turnovers.
âThere will be passes sheâll throw and you donât even know youâre open,â UConn guard Kia Nurse said. âBut they get through there and they thread the needle, and thatâs what is so great about it. When you have someone who has that vision, that timing, and that ability to get the ball where it needs to go when it needs to be there, it makes your life a whole lot easier.â
Williams is also moving up UConnâs all-time lists.
At South Carolina, she passed 1,400 points and 900 rebounds. She recorded her 400th assist Sunday. Also Sunday she moved into the top 10 in rebounds with 912, passing former All-American Swin Cashâs 910, as she makes her charge to become the seventh player in UConnâs 1,000-1,000 club. Williams is already sixth in steals with 273. The only players in the Huskiesâ top 10 in rebounds and steals are her and three-time Wade Trophy winner Maya Moore.
âGabby still does things where Iâm like, âWell, OK, you can do that and no one else can,â â Nurse said with a smile.
Williams will look to add to her totals and UConnâs win total when the Huskies (22-0 overall, 10-0 AAC) face Central Florida Wednesday in Orlando.
âI donât think about numbers, honestly,â Williams said. âItâs the intangibles and being the energy on defense, and the ability to guard guys who are bigger than me or smaller than me. I donât think there is a number that I am particular proud of. Itâs more the effort.â