The Washington Mystics announced on Wednesday that Christyn Williams, their recent second-round draft pick, will miss the entire 2022 season after injuring her knee during training camp.
Christyn Williams has suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Sending all our love her way and wishing her a speedy recovery! ❤️
— Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) April 20, 2022
According to ESPN's Alexa Philippou, Williams is due to undergo surgery soon and there is no timeline for her return.
“We are heartbroken for Christyn and will miss her greatly," head coach and general manager Mike Thibault said in a statement. "She was off to a terrific start in training camp, and I know she will work diligently to make a comeback next season. She will have our full support and all of our resources during her rehab. She is part of the Mystics family.”
This is a heartbreaking development for Williams. She was primed to begin her WNBA career in just a few weeks following an outstanding four years as a guard at UConn. Williams averaged 14.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game in her senior year at UConn and earned the Ann Meyers Drysdale award as the nation’s top shooting guard. She helped lead the team to the 2022 national championship game before the Mystics took her at No. 14 in the draft.
Many people have wished Williams a speedy recovery on Twitter, but one in particular knows exactly what she's going through: Paige Bueckers.
Comeback story is going to be CRAZY🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/51jqapTSQj
— Paige Bueckers (@paigebueckers1) April 20, 2022
Bueckers was Williams' teammate at UConn, and missed several months in late 2021 and early 2022 due to a knee injury. So not only does she know about making a comeback, she also knows what Williams is capable of. If Bueckers is predicting a "crazy" comeback story for Williams, we should all take her word for it.