Lady Bears vs. Southern Illinois Postgame Press Conference - Players
Honors: MVC Academic Honor Roll (2012, 2013)...MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award (2013).
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 19th on MSU's career scoring list...Elementary Education major...Will turn 21 in February.