IUPUI star Macee Williams reflects on college basketball's abrupt ending

Williams earned her second consecutive Horizon League Player of the Year honor, while leading the Jags to its first conference title

Posted: Apr 15, 2020 8:47 PM
Updated: Apr 15, 2020 8:51 PM

VEEDERSBURG, Ind. (WLFI) — Macee Williams' success on the basketball court has been widely documented. The IUPUI star earned a spot on the Indiana All-Star roster after an outstanding prep career at Fountain Central High School.

During her senior season with the Mustangs, Williams averaged 26.2 points and 16.2 rebounds per contest. Those efforts caught the eye of IUPUI head coach Austin Parkinson. In three seasons in Indianapolis, Williams has garnered the Horizon League's freshman of the year honor, and is now the two-time defending conference player of the year.

This season, she helped lead the Jags to the program's first Horizon League title in a 51-37 win over Green Bay at the Indiana State Fair Grounds. IUPUI was set for the NCAA tournament, before the COVID-19 pandemic halted all sports from A-Z.

"It went from being one of the greatest weeks of my life until, then it was like the worst week of my life and just, knowing we just won the Horizon League Championship was just like such an awesome feeling," said Williams.

"I felt like we were all like on cloud 9, and what was it, like two days later we got the call saying they canceled everything and then it was just like, I don't even know, it was like a bad dream."

While Williams said she felt like IUPUI was destined to make some noise in the Big Dance, she's continued to focus on what's next both for the Jags' program, and individually. While at home Williams continues her studies online, and works on her game at an outdoor hoop at her house in Veedersburg, where she's received an outpouring of support from students at her alma mater, Fountain Central.

"I remember after the game, (the Horizon League Championship), seeing all the pictures of like the elementary and the high school kids, them watching my game," said Williams.

"I was just like, wow that is so awesome, and then like after the tournament, I came back home to thank everyone and I just remember some of the elementary girls crying and saying like 'Oh my gosh it's Macee Williams' and just to know, I have that impact on those little kids. I never realized that I could possibly have that kind of impact on them."

Williams' roots run deep in her hometown. While at Fountain Central she was a key component to the 2014-15 team that made a regional championship appearance. Now a rising senior at IUPUI, Williams is looking to duplicate the success the Jags had in 2019-2020. IUPUI loses just one senior in Holly Hoopingarner, from a team that finished the year with a 23-8 overall record.

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