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Christyn Williams suffers season-ending knee injury

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As the Washington Mystics newest rookie, Christyn Williams spoke earlier this week at Media Day about her excitement to learn and contribute as the team needed her. Just a few days later as training camp continued to ramp up, Williams suffered knee injury that will end her season before it got started.

Williams will undergo surgery, and at this time, there is no timeline for her return.

“We are heartbroken for Christyn and will miss her greatly. She was off to a terrific start in training camp, and I know she will work diligently to make a comeback next season,” said General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault. “She will have our full support and all of our resources during her rehab. She is part of the Mystics family.”

Williams was selected by Washington with the 14th overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft. Mystics Coach Thibault had high hopes for Williams prior to the injury.

“Christyn Williams is the kind of player that we were hoping that would be at the 14th pick when we made the trade,” stated Thibault. “She is an effective offensive player both on and off the ball. She can create her own shot and get good shots for her teammates. She can also defend all three perimeter positions.”

Williams (5-11) averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33 games played her senior season at UConn. The Little Rock, Arkansas native was named the 2022 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner, awarded to the nation’s top shooting guard, and the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

She was also named a First Team all-conference selection for the third straight year. Williams leaves UConn ranked 15th in school history in career points, totaling 1,850 career points.

Williams’ comeback story is one that everyone will be watching.