She’s back: Williams, UConn to play at Arkansas on Jan. 28

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UConn’s Christyn Williams is seen with her coach Geno Auriemma after she scored her 1,000th career point earlier this season. (Stephen Slade/UConn)

Central Arkansas Christian alum Christyn Williams will return to her home state on Thursday, Jan. 28, when the UConn women’s basketball team travels to Fayetteville to face the University of Arkansas.

The game was announced Wednesday after both teams lost games because of COVID-19 complications. Arkansas had been scheduled to play Vanderbilt, but the Commodores’ season ended Monday when they decided not to continue because of pandemic concerns.

The Arkansas-UConn game is set for 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2. UConn is ranked third nationally; Arkansas is 15th.

CAC coach Steve Quattlebaum said he hoped to be able to take some players to Fayetteville to see their former teammate, now a UConn junior, play in person.

“I’ve already texted to see if we can get some tickets, but with Covid, I don’t know if we’ll be able to,” he said. “I haven’t been able to watch many games in their new conference.”

Previously, Quattlebaum saw Williams and the Huskies play at SMU, Oklahoma and Tulsa.

“She’s a candidate for All-American and for Player of the Year,” he said. “Evidently she was in the doghouse a little bit last week. She scored the fewest points she’d ever scored, but in their last game she scored 17. She must’ve worked herself out of the doghouse.

“We’re just super proud. I’ve never really coached a kid who had so much desire to be the best she could be. It’s unbelievable the way she’s worked. It’s paying off for her, and I hope it continues. She wants to play in the WNBA, and I hope she gets to. I think she will.”