The Missouri State Lady Bears defeated the Loyola Ramblers in women's basketball at JQH Arena on Sunday, Feb. 15, and student-athletes Hillary Chvatal, Liza Fruendt and Kenzie Williams spoke to media following the contest.
Missouri State's Kenzie Williams, Hillary Chvatal and Tyonna Snow talk to the media following the women's basketball team's victory over conference-foe Southern Illinois on Friday, Jan. 23, at JQH Arena
Missouri State women's basketball student-athletes Lexi Hughes, Kenzie Williams and Hillary Chvatal address the media following the Lady Bears' 65-56 loss to MVC-foe Evansville at JQH Arena on Jan. 2, 2015.
Honors: First-Team all-MVC (2015)...MVC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2015)...MVC Elite 18 Award (2015)...MSU co-Outstanding Female Athlete (2015)...Honorable Mention all-MVC (2014)...MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team (2014, 2015)...MVC Player of the Week (Nov. 18, 2013; Dec. 16, 2013; Dec. 15, 2014)...MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week (Dec. 18, 2013)...MVC Academic Honor Roll (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)...MVC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award (2013, 2014, 2015).
2014-15: Led the Lady Bears in scoring for a second consecutive season at 15.4 points per game, starting all 33 contests on the way to First-Team all-MVC and MVC Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors...Posted 5.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.9 steals, shooting 42 percent overall, 35.5 percent on 3-pointers and 78.6 percent on free throws to rank among the league’s top 15 in each category...Scored in double figures 28 times, and led the team in scoring 18 times...Scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 13 against Bradley, finishing the season ranked 18th in MSU history in scoring (1,170), 18th in steals (154), 12th in 3-point makes (121), ninth in 3-point attempts (356), 16th in 3-point accuracy (.340), 17th in free throw makes (255), 17th in free throw attempts (329), 20th in blocked shots (38), and 20th in assists (225)...Became the eighth Lady Bear to average at least 10 points per game in each of her first three seasons...Made 34 consecutive free throws from Feb. 15-March 14, the No. 2 streak at MSU and No. 7 streak in MVC history...Scored 21 points and hit 13 free throws in the season opener at Memphis (Nov. 14)...Netted 29 points and had four steals versus IUPUI (Dec. 14)...Scored 27 points at Drake (Jan. 30), and had 25 on a perfect 11-for-11 showing at the foul line at Illinois State (Feb. 22)...Grabbed five or more rebounds in 20 games, with a high of nine against Loyola (Feb. 15) to go with 12 points and seven steals...Had eight rebounds in each Southern Illinois game and at home against UNI (Feb. 27)...Also made the game-winning layup as time expired in the UNI game...Swiped multiple steals in 13 games and had two or more assists in 25 contests, including a high of seven in the MVC Tournament title game against Wichita State (March 15).
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...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: 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 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 22nd on MSU’s career scoring list...Brother Shane plays wide receiver at Northwest Missouri State...Elementary Education major...Will turn 23 in February.