WACO, Texas - When Christyn Williams played in her first road game for the UConn womenâ€™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 Huskiesâ€™ impressive win over the reigning national champions.
Baylor paid attention.
The freshman guard didnâ€™t take a first-quarter shot here Thursday night and didnâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s hard, especially when you have a game like she did at Notre Dane,â€ť UConn All-American Katie Lou Samuelson said. â€śYou think itâ€™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 wonâ€™t get everything as easy as it came then.
â€śBut understanding if things arenâ€™t going your way ... She hit a couple big shots but she could have been doing more for us throughout the whole game. Sheâ€™ll learn from this and it will be good for her.â€ť
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.
â€śThings generally donâ€™t go in a straight line up,â€ť UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. â€śChristyn 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.â€ť
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.
â€śIt was a lot more difficult for her today to get anything done,â€ť Auriemma said. â€śAnd we probably didnâ€™t find her enough. Usually when players want shots they know how to get them whether theyâ€™re doing anything to get them or not. Sometimes when they donâ€™t want, they do a lot to make sure they donâ€™t get any. She learned a lot today about herself.â€ť