Elizabeth Williams (basketball)

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Elizabeth Williams
Elizabeth Williams All-American 2 cropped.jpg
No. 1 – Atlanta Dream
Position Center / Power forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-06-23) June 23, 1993 (age 25)
Colchester, Essex, England
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 192 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school Princess Anne
(Virginia Beach, Virginia)
College Duke (2011–2015)
WNBA draft 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Connecticut Sun
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015 Connecticut Sun
2016–present Atlanta Dream
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Elizabeth Olatayo Williams (born June 23, 1993) is an American basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She played her college career at Duke University.


Williams played at Duke for four seasons. During her last year she averaged 14.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. Her assist average was the highest of any center in the country in the Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball league. She ended her career with 426 total blocks, the ninth highest in NCAA history.[1]

Duke statistics[edit]


  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011-12 Duke 33 461 48.6 50.0 60.7 7.8 1.6 1.5 3.5 14.0
2012-13 Duke 36 546 50.8 - 69.5 7.3 1.3 1.1 3.0 15.2
2013-14 Duke 35 484 52.6 - 56.3 7.6 2.2 1.3 3.1 13.8
2014-15 Duke 32 464 48.8 - 59.9 9.0 2.5 1.5 3.0 14.5
Career Duke 136 1955 50.2 33.3 61.9 7.9 1.9 1.4 3.1 14.4

USA Basketball[edit]

2009 U16 Mexico City[edit]

Williams was selected to be a member of the first ever U16 team for USA Basketball. The team competed in the First FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Women held in Mexico City, Mexico in August 2009. She led the team leader in rebounds, with 5.2 per game, and averaged 13.4 points per game, second highest on the team. She tied Breanna Stewart for the most number of blocks per game, recording 7 per game. She helped the team to a 5–0 record and the Gold medal at the competition. The win secured an automatic bid to the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Williams was named the Most Valuable Player in the Championship.[3]

2010 U17 France[edit]

Williams continued with the team as it became the U17 team. The team competed in the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women, held in Rodez & Toulouse, France during July 2010. Williams helped the team win the gold medal and an 8–0 record. She was the leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game and hit 61.8% of her shots, highest on the team and second highest among all participants.She led the team in rebounds, averaging 7.6 per game. She recorded 16 blocks, second highest on the team. Williams started strong, recording a double-double in the opening game against France, and again, with 20 points and 14 rebounds in the second game against Russia.[4]

U19 World Championships Chile[edit]

In 2011, Williams was selected to be on the USA basketball U19 team at the U19 World Championship, held in Puerto Montt, Chile.The USA won their first five games, but then came up short, losing to Canada 64–52. They were still qualified for the medal round, and played France in the quarterfinal. The USA was down by as much as 13 points early in the game, but took a lead with just over a minute to go in the game and ended up with the win 70–64. The USA took an early lead in the semi-final against Brazil, and went on to win to qualify for the gold medal game. The final game was against Spain. Williams was one of three USA players with 15 points in the game, along with Stefanie Dolson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis who helped the USA win the gold medal 69–46. Williams averaged 8.9 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game to help the USA to an 8–1 record and the gold medal in the Championship game.[5]



  1. ^ "Duke's Elizabeth Williams goes 4th in WNBA draft". newsobserver. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  2. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved 23 Sep 2015.
  3. ^ a b "First FIBA Americas U16 Championship For Women -2009". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. ^ "2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Women". USA Basketball. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  5. ^ "USA U19 Women Sprint To 69-46 Victory Over Spain, Earn 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship". Puerto Montt, Chile: USA Basketball. July 31, 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Williams Selected WBCA Defensive Player of the Year". goduke.com. Retrieved 2016-04-08.