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Saturday, March 10, 2018

UConn signee Christyn Williams ends her high school career in style

What a day it was for future Husky Christyn Williams.

Friday began with Williams becoming the ninth UConn recruit (10th if you count Elena Delle Donne who never played for the Huskies) to be named the winner of the Naismith National High School Player of the Year. About 12 hours later she suited up for Central Arkansas Christian for the final time in the Arkansas 4A championship game against rival Riverview.

All Williams did was have her best scoring output of her senior season with 42 points to go with 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in the 68-57 win with UConn coach Geno Auriemma among those in attendance. She scored 28 of her team's 32 points in the second half as she was a part of her first state championship team.

According to the Arkansas high school record book, the 42 points is tied for the fifth most in the state playoffs for 5-person basketball since Arkansas utilized a 6-person format prior to 1980 although they weren't necessarily in a championship game. In 1984 Brenda Rhodes scored a record 55 points while three players including the Connecticut Sun's Shekinna Stricklen scored 45 points in a state tournament game.

Williams averaged 39 points, 14.7 rebounds, 3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots in three games in the 4A state tournament. Her final season averages were 26.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocked shots. She also had 105 offensive rebounds and 83 3-pointers in 36 games as a senior as she shot 56 percent from the field, 42 percent from 3-point range and 70 percent from the foul line.

According to the online record book posted on the AHSAA.org site, she joins Lakyn Garrison as the only Arkansas girls players during the 5 on 5 era to score more than 3,000 points. Unofficially, I have her finishing with 3,421 points and her 965 points scored as a senior would be the second most in Arkansas 5 on 5 history. Other unofficial career numbers I have for her are 1,244 rebounds, 285 assists and 295 steals. She had 46 games with at least 30 points including nine with 40 or more including the final two of her brilliant high school career.

Next up for Williams will be the McDonald's All-American Game in Atlanta on March 28 and Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on April 8.

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