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Williams gives Bulldogs effort on a bad knee

February 20, 2013

Kendra Grant (14) and MSU women's coach Vic Schaefer, right, watch as Carnecia Williams scores against Ole Miss earlier this season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

Carnecia Williams knows there are going to be some nights when she plays in pain.

As her knee cap slides in and out of socket, the Mississippi State women's basketball redshirt sophomore has still given what she can on the court this season.

Williams played 36 minutes on Sunday and led the Bulldogs with 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals during a 63-41 loss to LSU.

MSU women's coach Vic Schaefer realizes the fight that Williams has been going through with her knee and credits director of sports medicine Mary McLendon for her work in getting Williams ready to play.

"Carnecia is playing on a wheel and a half and really gutted it out (against LSU)," Schaefer said. "She's probably going to have to have surgery when the season is over on the kneecap. Mary has put her together with band-aides and glue right now and doing a great job. There's also probably a little duct tape that you can't see."

Even though she is still a young player in the program, Williams is determined to do everything possible to be there for the Bulldogs.

"Coach tells us we're always going to be hurt," Williams said. "I know what I have to do. If I'm going to be on the court, then I'm going to have to play through it."

Williams redshirted her first year in Starkville (2010-11), then played 16 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011-12 and scored 10 points in 69 minutes.

So far this season for MSU, Williams has played in all 25 games with 20 starts. She averages 7.7 points, five rebounds and 25.1 minutes per game.

"I'm appreciative of her effort and energy," Schaefer said. "There are some nights she wants out, but (Sunday) she didn't. She wanted to finish the game and I was excited about that for her."

Williams knows what Schaefer is expecting out of her even with a hurting knee.

"I was just really trying to find position and attack," Williams said of her strategy against LSU. "That was the main thing. I can't say how I'm doing it. I just go out and do it."

The next game for William and the Bulldogs will be Thursday at home against Alabama.

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