Years Pro: 7
College: South Florida/United States
Drafted: Phoenix Mercury (No. 8 overall in 2016)
2023 SEASON OVERVIEW: Williams joined the Sky as a free agent last offseason. Williams took on a new role in her WNBA career, starting at point guard for the Sky and appearing in and starting in all 40 regular season games, as well as both of Chicago’s postseason games.
Williams adapted well to her new role as floor general, averaging a career-high 6.3 assists (up from career average of 3.0 through 2022). The 5-foot-8 South Florida product also averaged 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds. She led the team in assists and defensive rebounds.
Williams recorded her first career triple-double this season on June 30 with 12 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists, and then did so again on September 10, with 23 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 13 assists, tying her previous career high. She’s the third player to record a triple-double in Sky history, joining Candace Parker and Courtney Vandersloot, who both also recorded two during their Sky tenures.
She had two of 14 triple-doubles recorded in the WNBA this year, and two of 34 ever recorded. The 2023 season saw a record in triple-doubles in a single season, surpassing the previous record of nine triple-doubles in 2022.
For her efforts following both of her triple-double games, Williams earned Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors. She was the only player on the Sky to earn those honors this season and was the only player on the team to record a triple-double.
Those triple-doubles weren’t the only reason she was honored with Player of the Week. Williams scored 21 points and nine rebounds on June 28 in a blowout win over the Los Angeles Sparks and had a season-high 28 points along with eight assists on July 2 in a win over the Indiana Fever. She also had 13 points and 11 assists on September 8 against the Minnesota Lynx.
Before the 2023 season, Williams had never recorded double-digit assists in a single game, but did so five times this season. Williams finished with four points/assist double-doubles this year. She’s one of just two players in Sky history to record 250+ assists in a single season, joining Courtney Vandersloot.
2023 SEASON MILESTONES:
● June 28 — Reached 900 career defensive rebounds
● June 30 — Recorded the fifth triple-double in Sky history
● July 2 — Became the seventh player in WNBA history to put up 25+ points, 8+ assists, 5+ rebounds and shooting better than 70% from the field
● July 22 — Reached 750 career assists
● July 25 — Reached 150 career made three-pointers
● July 25 — Reached 300 career offensive rebounds
● July 30 — Reached 200 career steals
● August 11 — Reached 800 career assists
● August 11 — Became the 36th player in league history with 2,500+ points, 1,000+ rebounds, 800+ assists and 200+ steals and the seventh-fastest all time to reach that mark, doing so in 238 games
● September 3 — Reached 1,000 career defensive rebounds
● September 10 — Reached 3,000 career points
● September 10 — Recorded the sixth triple-double in Sky history
● September 10 — Became the only player to record 20+ points, 15+ rebounds and 13+ assists in a game