Williams invited to WNBA Draft, Nunn named Pitcher of the Week

USF senior guard Courtney Williams looks to become the first player in program history to be selected in the first round of the WNBA Draft. ORACLE FILE PHOTO/CHUCK MULLER

USF senior guard Courtney Williams has been invited to attend the 2016 WNBA Draft on Thursday night, the school announced Tuesday.

Williams, one of 12 prospects to receive an invite, becomes only the second USF player to be invited to the prestigious event held in Uncasville, Connecticut. The only other player to be invited was Jessica Dickson in 2007.

But Williams looks to add more to her legacy than just an invite. She has a chance to become the first player in program history to be selected in the first round.

The 5-foot-8 Georgia native ended her USF career as a WBCA All-America selection and an AP All-America Honorable Mention.

Williams holds the top two career spots in single-season scoring for USF after breaking her own mark of 710 points this season (with 763). Williams also ranks fifth all-time in 3-point percentage.

The last Bull to be selected was Inga Orekhova in the second round of the 2014 draft.

The draft will be broadcast on ESPN2 beginning at 8 p.m.

Nunn named National Pitcher of the Week

Senior Erica Nunn received her highest honor of the season this week. The pitcher has been dominant as of late and following a 4-0 week, Nunn was selected as the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Pitcher of the Week.

“It’s nice to see that Erica is getting national recognition,” coach Ken Eriksen said in a press release. “She’s one of the main reasons why we are having such a successful year. The biggest difference this year for Erica has been her pitching coach, Jessica Moore. Jess has helped her mature not only in the circle but on the field as well.”

During Nunn’s four-win week, she walked only three batters in 22 innings. But she has done as much damage at the plate as she has damage control in the circle.

Nunn led the team with a .545 average in four games with six hits and the go-ahead RBI in Sunday’s 1-0 win over UConn.

Her three complete games last week boosted her record to 20-6 (6-1 in the AAC).

“Coach Jessica Moore has helped me with my confidence in the circle and attacking hitters,” Nunn said. “My defense has continued to make great plays behind me to keep us in the ballgame. At the plate, I’ve just been going up there and attacking every at-bat and doing my best to support the offense as well.”