Missouri State student-athletes Kenzie Williams, Tyonna Snow and Aubrey Buckley speak to the media following the Lady Bears' victory over the IUPUI Jaguars on Dec. 14 in a nonconference matchup at JQH Arena.
Bears All-Access spotlights junior Kenzie Williams as she returns from injury and looks to become a vocal leader for the Lady Bears this season
Honors: Honorable Mention all-MVC (2014)...MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team (2014)...MVC Player of the Week (Nov. 18, 2013; Dec. 16, 2013)...MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Dec. 18, 2013)...MVC Academic Honor Roll (2012, 2013, 2014)...MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2013, 2014).
2013-14: MSU's leading scorer before a knee injury ended her season in early February...Averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 steals to earn honorable mention all-MVC accolades...Also an MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team selection...Ranked sixth in the league in scoring and free throw percentage (.794) while finishing seventh at 37.2 percent from beyond the arc...Led the Lady Bears in scoring 10 times with 18 double-figure outputs, including the first 15 games of the year, the longest to start a season at MSU since 2005...MVC Player of the Week on Nov. 18 and Dec. 16, and the league Scholar-Athlete of the Week on Dec. 18...Opened the year with 21 points and seven rebounds at Arkansas State (Nov. 11)...Netted 24 points on just nine field goal attempts against UALR (Nov. 13)...Went a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line at Eastern Kentucky (Dec. 5)...Scored a career-high 32 points to go with six rebounds and a season-high six assists against Lamar (Dec. 15), burying six treys against the Cardinals in 12 attempts...Logged her first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Drake (Jan. 18)...Shot 41.7 percent overall and drained 29 triples...Made at least five field goals in nine games and shot 50 percent or better seven times...Had multiple assists in 17 of her 21 games...Shot 29-of-33 from the foul line in MVC play...Scored 18 points against Wichita State (Jan. 5) and 21 in just 20 minutes of action against Evansville (Jan. 31)...Grabbed nine rebounds Dec. 21 against SEMO and eight at both North Texas (Dec. 29) and Loyola (Jan. 12).
2012-13: Williams returned from a knee injury to start all 31 games for Missouri State as a redshirt freshman...Scored 351 points to rank ninth all-time among MSU freshmen, averaging 11.3 per game...Had 18 double-figure scoring efforts and led the Lady Bears seven times...Handed out 88 assists to lead MSU while ranking second on the club with 58 steals...Also led MSU in 3-pointers made (43) and attempted (136), as well as minutes played (1,021)...Recorded multiple assists 26 times and multiple steals in 19 games...Ranked third on the team with 19 blocked shots...Ranked 18th in the MVC in scoring average, 13th in assists, sixth in steals, 14th in 3-pointers and eighth in minutes played...Scored 20 points on 6-for-8 shooting in 39 minutes in MSU's Nov. 15 win at UALR...Scored in double figures in six consecutive games from Nov. 21-Dec. 15...Made at least four field goals in 17 games...Sank the game-winning shot in MSU's overtime win over Oral Roberts (Nov. 29)...Scored 21 points Dec. 30 against Coppin State, including 16 in a 3-minute, 31-second stretch of game time...Poured in six 3-pointers on the way to a career-high 23 points Feb. 8 against Bradley...Grabbed seven or more rebounds in three straight games from Feb. 16-23, including nine against Southern Illinois (Feb. 21) to go with 12 points and seven assists to threaten a triple-double...Swiped seven steals at SIU (Jan. 27) for the No. 8 single-game total in school history...Hauled in 129 total rebounds for a 4.2 average...Shot 40 percent overall, 32 percent on 3-pointers and 73 percent from the charity stripe for the season.
2011-12: Williams played in the season's first two games before suffering an ACL tear against ninth-ranked Louisville in MSU's home opener...Granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA to regain her freshman season of eligibility and has four years remaining beginning in 2012-13...Handed out two assists with one rebound and one steal in the season opener at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 11)...Added another assist against Louisville (Nov. 13) to finish the year with three assists, no turnovers, one steal, one rebound and 0-for-5 shooting.
Background: A 5-10 guard, Williams earned first-team all-state honors in each of her final two seasons at Mt. Vernon High and led her club to a Missouri Class 3 state championship in 2009-10 as a junior...Contributed 17 points, nearly six rebounds and three assists to the MVHS attack as a senior, following up on a strong junior campaign in which she paced the Mountaineers with averages of 17.6 points, 5.2 boards and 2.9 assists in helping her team go 30-3...Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and was chosen by the Springfield News-Leader for its annual All-Ozarks team in each of her final two prep seasons...Competed in track and field and earned second-team all-state honors competing in volleyball as a senior for Mt. Vernon.
Personal: Makenzie Kaye Williams is the daughter of Doug and Linda Williams...Born in Springfield, Mo...Has two brothers, Shane and Trace...Her mother competed in basketball and track at Missouri Southern, while her aunt, Cindy Castillon, played three varsity seasons for the Lady Bears (1980-83), totaling 1,053 points to rank 21st on MSU's career scoring list...Elementary Education major...Will turn 22 in February.