Baylor slows down UConn womens basketball's Williams in upset

Published on Friday, 4 January 2019 21:35
Written by Carl Adamec

Journal Inquirer

WACO, Texas - When Christyn Williams played in her first road game for the UConn women’s basketball team at Notre Dame on Dec. 2, she scored her first basket 1:03 in and had 16 of her season high 28 points in the first quarter of the Huskies’ impressive win over the reigning national champions.

Baylor paid attention.

The freshman guard didn’t take a first-quarter shot here Thursday night and didn’t get on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter. She finished with just eight points as the top-ranked Huskies dropped a 68-57 decision to No. 8 Baylor at the sold-out Ferrell Center.

“It’s hard, especially when you have a game like she did at Notre Dane,” UConn All-American Katie Lou Samuelson said. “You think it’s going to happen again and you expect certain things to come. But they watched film of the last game, too. They watched the Notre Dame game. So you won’t get everything as easy as it came then.

“But understanding if things aren’t going your way ... She hit a couple big shots but she could have been doing more for us throughout the whole game. She’ll learn from this and it will be good for her.”

Williams entered the game averaging 13.8 points and had been in double figures in seven consecutive games. But after being a non-factor for the opening nine minutes, she was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Mikayla Coombs.

The Little Rock, Arkansas, native finally broke through with back-to-back 3-pointers in a 54-second span that cut a 10-point deficit to four going to the fourth quarter. Her only basket of the final period came with 40 seconds to go and the outcome decided.

“Things generally don’t go in a straight line up,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “Christyn really struggled. She had a couple of moments where she looked like her young self. There was a different look in her eyes today, you could see it. This was a different environment than the Notre Dame game.”

Williams had averaged about 10 shots per game and she came in the top five in field-goal percentage in the American Athletic Conference at 56.1, aided by an 11-for-16 effort vs. Notre Dame.

“It was a lot more difficult for her today to get anything done,” Auriemma said. “And we probably didn’t find her enough. Usually when players want shots they know how to get them whether they’re doing anything to get them or not. Sometimes when they don’t want, they do a lot to make sure they don’t get any. She learned a lot today about herself.”

Posted in The Bristol Press, UConn on Friday, 4 January 2019 21:35. Updated: Friday, 4 January 2019 21:37.