Williams, a 5-11 guard from Sparks, Nev., had her second knee surgery in a year performed last Thursday by Dr. Michael Joyce at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.
The procedure repaired a torn ACL and a partially torn meniscus in her right knee. Williams also had a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in that knee repaired in February 2013.
All indications are that Williams is still in the plan for next season, as opposed to being a candidate for a medical redshirt.
"I plan on playing," Williams said. "There's a lot of time [to recover] before the first game [in November 2014]."
Ekmark, from Phoenix, decided not to play high school basketball this season in order to more tightly focus her preparation for college.
"From the first time I saw Courtney, when she was between ninth and 10th grade, you tell what she was like from the poise with which she carried herself on the floor," Auriemma said. "She looked much older, much more experienced than she was. Then I noticed how able she was to make shots from different spots and that she had a certain toughness; physically and mentally. I just thought, she was the type of kid I wanted in my program."
Also at the game was 2015 recruit De'Janae Boykin, a 6-2 forward from Maryland.
Chong's Other Fans
Louisville was one of Saniya Chong's major suitors during her All-America high school career. And UConn's recruitment of her made perfect sense to Cardinals coach Jeff Walz.
"UConn does a great job of not just going after the top player in the country every year," Walz said. "We went to Ossining, N.Y., to see Saniya Chong play. And when you looked at her, you thought; here's a shooter who understands the game. But if you wanted her to be your go-to player, then maybe a school [at a level lower than UConn] may have not been the best place for her. But she is awfully good at everything that she does. She reminds me very much of Mel Thomas."
Chong played just seven minutes Sunday, took just two shots and did not score.
Banks Will Rest
Brianna Banks missed her second straight game after re-injuring her tender ankle in practice prior to last week's win over SMU.
"It's not that difficult [to sit]," Banks said. "I have more games to play this season. Hopefully, I can be ready for South Florida [Feb. 16]. That's the plan."
Banks said the swelling has gone down somewhat.
"We're headed in the right direction and hopefully a few more days off, it we'll get us where we want to be," Banks said.
The loss was Louisville's 14th straight against UConn. The Cardinals are 0-11 since Jeff Walz arrived in 2007. Their only win over UConn was an NCAA first-round game on March 17, 1993, at Gampel Pavilion. At the time, it was also UConn's second straight loss coming off a Big East tournament defeat to Providence. Since then, UConn has gone 756 games without consecutive defeats … In her past seven games, Bria Hartley is shooting 56-for-99, 22-for-44 from three-point range. … Breanna Stewart's 24 points move her within 17 of becoming UConn's 39th player to score 1,000 points. Sunday was her 61st game with the program. … Stefanie Dolson's nine rebounds bring her within 37 of becoming the fifth player in program history with at least 1,000 rebounds. … UConn has defeated its eight Top 25 rivals by an average of 21 points.