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Former Bull Courtney Williams to sign with WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Lynx and former Bulls guard Courtney Williams is the only player in program history to record at least 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 300 assists. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO

Former Bulls guard Courtney Williams is expected to sign a two-year contract with the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, according to multiple reports

Williams, 29, signed with USF in 2012 after completing her prep career with Charleston High School in Folkston, Georgia.

The Georgia native is regarded as one of USF’s most accomplished women’s basketball players. Williams averaged 16.7 points per game on 42.6% field goal shooting in four seasons with the Bulls. 

During her collegiate career, she received multiple awards including being named to the All-AAC first team on three consecutive occasions from 2014-16. 

Most notably, she became the first All-American in program history in 2016.

Williams finished her time with USF in the top 10 of multiple categories. She’s ranked second in program history for total points scored with 2,304. Her scoring average ranks fourth all-time.

She was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2020 and her jersey number 10 was retired by the team

“To be inducted into The University of South Florida’s Hall of Fame, I can’t even put into words,” Williams said in an Instagram post in 2021. “It truly took a village, and I would not be where I’m at today if not for the people who invested their time and energy into making me, not only a better athlete, but a better person!” 

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In 2016, she became the fifth Bull drafted into the WNBA. She was selected eighth overall by the Phoenix Mercury.

In seven seasons, Williams has played for other franchises such as the Connecticut Sun, Atlanta Dream and the Chicago Sky. She’s averaged 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game during her career.

She helped the Sun reach the WNBA Finals in 2019 and was named an All-Star in 2021 with the Dream. 

Williams averaged 10.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists with the Sky during the 2023 season. Her assists average ranked sixth in the league.

Williams has shown great appreciation for USF since her time as Bull came to an end in 2016. She released her player edition shoe with Moolah Kicks last June. The green colorway was inspired by the program.

“If it wasn’t for that school and basketball program, I wouldn’t be here still doing what I love, so it was only right I show love,” Williams said in a statement when the shoe was released.