Williams, Dangerfield make great backcourt pairing for UConn women's basketball

Published on Friday, 25 January 2019 21:45
Written by Carl Adamec

Journal Inquirer

STORRS - One of Geno Auriemma’s often-used sayings is that a basketball team “never has enough guards.”

The Hall of Fame UConn coach would be happy to have the two starters he has playing at a high level.

While point guard Crystal Dangerfield had a tough shooting night in the third-ranked Huskies’ 79-39 rout of SMU in American Athletic Conference action Wednesday at Gampel Pavilion, the junior continued her strong floor play with eight assists to just one turnover. In her last five outings spanning 167 minutes, Dangerfield has 35 assists and five turnovers.

Meanwhile, Christyn Williams saw some light at the end of the tunnel as the freshman guard tries to break out of her slump. She had 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting and three steals in 32 minutes after scoring just four points in her previous three games.

“My shot was still off today, but I feel like I was more active,” Williams said. “That helps me know that I’m taking a step forward by doing other things rather than just scoring.

“There was a change today. I’ve been more active in the recent practices we have had and that carried over.”

Williams’ lack of activity and effort led to her playing just 13 minutes and earning the wrath of Auriemma in last Saturday’s victory at Temple. While 10 of her points Wednesday came in the second half after the outcome had been decided, it was something for her and the Huskies to build on.

“It was really important for Christyn to play the way she did today,” UConn senior Katie Lou Samuelson said. “She’s been playing a little better in practice every day, and for her to have it translate into a game, as a freshman that builds your confidence up.”

Dangerfield was key in getting her team off and running on those miscues. UConn had huge advantages in points off of turnovers (26-3) and fast-break points (21-6).

“Crystal likes to see herself as someone who creates,” Auriemma said. “I think she would rather create a basket for somebody else rather than get a lot of buckets for herself. The more we can get Crystal in the open floor, the more we can let her attack the defense before it gets set and the better she is.”

Posted in Newington Town Crier, UConn on Friday, 25 January 2019 21:45. Updated: Friday, 25 January 2019 21:48.