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Monday, March 07, 2016

USF's Williams climbing the charts, eager for another shot at UConn

It seems like a lifetime ago since the American Athletic Conference media day in Orlando when I caught up with South Florida star Courtney Williams to address a number of topics including the challenge of facing UConn.

"We have to get one, we have to get them at least once," Williams said.

Unless the teams happen to meet in the NCAA tournament, tonight is the last chance.

"Our mindset is they are beatable," Williams said after a win over Temple in the American Athletic Conference semifinals. "We beat them in the first half and we let up in the third (quarter). They made
shots, which they are going to do that, so we have to answer."

Time will tell whether Williams gets that elusive first win against UConn but she has already etched her name in the books as one of the best players to ever face the Huskies.

I went back to the 1996-97 season and she joins Skylar Diggins and Angel McCoughtry as the only players with five 20-point games against UConn. During the same time frame, she is currently fifth in terms of points scored against Huskies with a decent chance of finishing No. 2 on the list.

Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame 2009-13: 251 points in 15 games
Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame 2008-12: 161 points in 12 games
Kayla McBride, Notre Dame 2010-14: 153 points in 10 games
Angel McCoughtry, Louisvile 2005-09: 150 points in eight games
Courtney Williams, South Florida 2012-present: 149 points in eight gamesRuth Riley, Notre Dame, 1997-2001: 128 points in nine games
Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennesee 1995-99: 122 points in six games
Niele Ivey, Notre Dame 1996-01: 117 points in eight games
Cappie Pondexter, Rutgers 2002-06: 116 points in seven games
Kara Lawson, Tennessee 1999-03: 115 points in nine games
Semeka Randall, Tennessee 1997-2001: 111 points in seven games
Tasha Pointer, Rutgers 1997-01: 105 points in nine games

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