Twenty years ago, Tamika Williams became the first UConn womenâs basketball recruit to be named the Womenâs Basketball Coaches Association high school Player of the Year.
On Wednesday, Christyn Williams became the latest to join what has become a lengthy list of scholastic stars so honored.
The 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock, Arkansas, is the ninth future UConn player to win the WBCA award. The senior at Central Arkansas Christian School is averaging 25.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, according to maxpreps.
Other UConn players so honored were Megan Walker (2017), Katie Lou Samuelson (2015), Breanna Stewart (2012), Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (2011), Maya Moore (2007), Tina Charles (2006), and Tamika Williams (1998).
Joining Christyn Williams on the 10-player WBCA All-America Team was UConn Class of 2018 signee Olivia Nelson-Ododa (6-foot-4 post player, Winder, Georgia).
Williams and Nelson-Ododa will play in the McDonaldâs All-America Game on March 28 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Schaefer: âIt ainât easyâ
UConn completed its third straight unbeaten regular season and 10th overall with Mondayâs win over South Florida.
The only other unbeaten nationally is second-ranked Mississippi State. The Bulldogs completed a 30-0 regular season, their first, with a win at Kentucky on Sunday.
âThey have done it 10 times, so everybody thinks itâs easy, and they have made it look easy.â Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer told Adam Minichino of the Columbus (Mississip-pi) Dispatch. âGive them credit because they have absolutely done it time and time again, and when they do it they make it look easy. It ainât easy. Itâs extremely difficult. Itâs just almost impossible, to be honest with you.â
The Bulldogs, who ended the Huskiesâ 111-game winning streak in the 2017 NCAA Final Four semifinals, are the third team from the Southeastern Conference to enter postseason play unbeaten.
âIt has been 20 years since it has been done in this league,â Schaefer said. âYou know what? I am going to say it is going to be at least 20 again. In todayâs landscape, where there is so much parity in our game, it is so hard to do. So, again, give Connecticut credit. Theyâve done it. They make it look easy, and they have done it several times. It may be easy to them, but itâs not to me. I am so impressed with my players, my staff, with how they have been able to navigate our schedule and this league.â
Gabby a finalist
UConn All-American Gabby Williams is one of five finalists for the inaugural Cheryl Miller Award as the nationâs top small forward. The senior from Sparks, Nevada, is averaging 10.7 points and ranks in the AACâs top 10 in field-goal percentage (third, 58.6), rebounds (sixth, 7.7), assists (second, 5.2), assist-to-turnover ratio (fifth, 2.0), and steals (third, 2.6).
The other finalists are Shakayla Thomas (Florida State), Sophie Cunningham (Missouri), Jaime Nared (Tennessee), and Teana Muldrow (West Virginia). The winner will be announced March 30.