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Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Former teammate said UConn "getting a gem" in Azura' Stevens

Elizabeth Williams knows a thing about going from playing basketball at Duke to doing the same in women's basketball crazy Connecticut since she spent her first season in the WNBA playing for the Connecticut Sun.

Williams, who was traded to Atlanta for a first-round pick that turned into Rachel Banham, is back at Mohegan Sun Arena for the next two days with the Dream playing its first two preseason games in Connecticut. She took the time before Wednesday's game against San Antonio to weigh in on her former Duke teammate Azura' Stevens transferring to UConn.

"I am really excited for her, she has shown a lot of potential even playing with her for just a little while, she likes to work hard," Williams said. "I think UConn is going to get a gem with her. She is goofy, she has a lot of personality and I think everybody will like her up here. On the court, every day she wants to get better, she wants to continue to grow her game, she wants to win and that is something UConn is all about.

"She can block some shots and she is so versatile so it will be exciting. She can shoot the 3, she can play down low and she will just continue to get better."

Williams heard from Stevens that she was planning to transfer shortly before it became official.

"A little bit after the season and she had mentioned the thought of transferring so that is how it came up," Williams said. "She is doing what she feels is the best for her."

Williams admitted that it was a little strange to be back in Mohegan Sun Arena but in a different uniform.

"It is different but it feels good," Williams said. "I think it worked out well and I am excited to be playing again."

So what did she learn from her one season in Connecticut?

"It was my rookie year and I learned a lot about the league, just playing hard all the time and don't worry about making  mistakes," Williams said.

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