Does anyone playing for the Atlanta Dream represent the phrase “Defend The ATL” more than Elizabeth Williams? Just completing her third season for the Dream, Williams once again proved to be a force in the middle for Nicki Collen and her squad.
Collen knew Williams was an important piece when she took the job, offering the center a contract extension before coaching her in a game. Williams accepted and has bought in to the Dream long-term. The decision paid off as the Dream reached the WNBA Semifinals as the No. 2 seed this past year.
Williams helped power the Dream to one of the top defensive teams in the WNBA in 2018. With her at center, Atlanta led the league in blocks (5.3), held opponents to a league-low 42.3 FG percentage and forced opponents to a league-best 15.0 per game.
In just three seasons with the Dream, Williams has already recorded 205 blocks, good for second-most in franchise history and is averaging a franchise-best 2.03 blocks per game over her 101 in the Atlanta blues. Williams also has proven to be efficient on the offensive side of the ball, recording a career-best 54.8 FG% during the 2018 season and setting a new franchise record by finishing 11-12 from the field for an incredible .917 single-game field-goal percentage.
As the 2018 WNBA season concluded, Williams set out to earn a spot on Team USA. She came up just short, the final player cut from the World Cup team, but she made an incredible impact.
“Elizabeth Williams came shortly after the Atlanta Dream lost in the WNBA playoffs,” Team USA Head Coach Dawn Staley said. “She’s been great. I told her that if it was a 13-player roster, she would be on it. But, unfortunately the fact is that we don’t have as many perimeter players and we’re loaded at the bigs position. But, she helped us prepare, and I’m sure she made a name for herself in terms of the committee in terms of what she can contribute to our USA Basketball teams in the future.”
Williams has moved overseas for the offseason, playing for Botas in Turkey. Follow her team here.
Final 2018 Stats