UConn senior point guard Rita Williams was fatigued from going the distance.
scored a career-high 23 in 45 minutes Tuesday in an overtime victory at Villanova
scored 27 with seven assists and six steals in 40 minutes.
``I thought about resting Rita
,'' Auriemma said. ``Yeah, in April.
She'll get all the rest she
: ``I expect to play 40 the rest of the way.''
As West Virginia was crawling back in the final minute, both Williams
and Svetlana Abrosimova (31 minutes, 17 points) had chances to secure the victory from the free-throw line.
did everything else possible to compensate for the substantial absence of Sales.
``I realize my teammates are looking to me to make things happen,'' said Williams
, a co-captain. ``If I can do it every night, I'm more than willing to do that for them.''
The Huskies' lead grew to 49-31 with 1 minute, 1 second left in the half, primarily because of Williams
(16 points), Sauer (12) and Abrosimova (11).