Q & A: Women’s basketball play-by-play announcer Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams is the play-by-play announcer for the women’s basketball team. He has been with the TCU and ISP Sports broadcast team for 10 years and also serves as a sideline analyst for football. He is currently a staff member with WBAP-Radio in Fort Worth.

Q: How far do you think the Lady Frogs will get in the tournament?

A: “That’s a very difficult question. This is a very young league with young players. I don’t think Air Force wins, I don’t think New Mexico wins. For everyone else, it’s totally wide open. I’ll certainly say the Frogs have a shot at winning, especially if they play the way they have in the second half of the season. They went 5-2 against conference opponents, both losses were on the road and they lost by a combined total by three points. I don’t see any fanbases turning out in large numbers, so it can go to anyone. There’s no overwhelming favorite.”

Q: What’s your favorite part about calling a conference tournament?

A: “College basketball tournaments in general are just unlike anything else. You can’t capture the [atmosphere] anywhere else. Everyone’s fighting together, it all happens over the course of three or four days. The uncertainty is great. Everything you thought you knew about the conference, forget about it. The emotions play a big part, the momentum swings and everything becomes uncertain. The talent is no longer the top factor, it’s whoever plays the best immediately. You just can’t get that from any other sport.”

Q: How do you feel about the rivalries in the Mountain West?

A: “They’ve been great, but they’ve taken a while to develop. The players just don’t necessarily know players in San Diego or Colorado.”

Q: How do you feel about this being the final Mountain West Conference tournament you’ll call?

A: “The Mountain West has been a really fun league, especially for women’s basketball. Since TCU has been in the league, this has been a top-5 conference for women’s basketball. We’ve put three or four teams into the NCAA tournament.”