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Gabrielle Lisa Williams (born September 9, 1996) is an American-French professional basketball player for the Chicago Sky of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted 4th overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2018 WNBA Draft. In 2019, she played for Spar Citylift Uni Girona (Catalonia, Spain) and won the Spanish League Championship. Williams played forward for the UConn women's basketball team, and won back to back national championships in 2015 and 2016.
Williams is the daughter of Matthew and Therese Williams and played basketball at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nevada. As a sophomore she averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals per game in leading Reed to the Class 4A state title. Williams had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists in a semifinal win over Foothill, then had 24 points, four rebounds, and four assists in the championship game win over Reno and was named the Las Vegas Review-Journal Class 4A state Player of the Year. During her junior year, Williams was averaging 30 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and seven blocked shots per game when she suffered a completely torn anterior cruciate ligament and partially-torn meniscus in her right knee on Jan. 19 just 30-seconds into a game against rival Reno High. She had season-ending surgery Feb. 11 and was cleared to return to full basketball activity Oct. 10. In addition to basketball, she also participated in track and field as a high jumper in which she qualified as an alternate for the 2012 London Olympics.
Williams led UConn to a 148-3 record over her four-year career, which included four Final Four appearances and back to back National Championships. One of only five Huskies triple-doubles in school history. One of only six Huskies, along with Tina Charles, Rebecca Lobo, Maya Moore, Stefanie Dolson, and Jamelle Elliott, with at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Williams finished her career 22nd on UConn's all-time scoring list at 1,582 career points, seventh with 1,007 career rebounds, 13th in assists (481) and fifth in steals (305). Williams was named the 2017 American Athletic Conference and WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year and 2018 Lowe's Senior Class Award.
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