Pac-10 Catches Up With Natalie Williams

Dec. 21, 2010

In honor of the Pac-10's 25th anniversary of women's sports, the conference caught up with one of the NCAA's best two-sport athletes, Natalie Williams.

A link to the interview with Williams is available here.

On the volleyball court, Williams helped the Bruins to a pair of National Championships in 1990 and 1991, earning NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player honors both seasons. The four-time, first-team All-American was the National Player of the Year in 1990 and 1992. She was also a four-time, first-team All-Pac-10 selection and the 1992 Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Williams stands second in UCLA history in kills (2,115), fifth in hitting percentage (.335) and seventh in blocks (508). She was named the Honda Award winner as the sport's best volleyball player of the year in 1992 and 1993. Williams went on to play on the USA Indoor National Team from 1990-91 and 1993-96.

On the basketball court, Williams was a two-time USBWA, Naismith and Basketball Times All-American (1993-94), a Kodak All-American in 1994 and a two-time Kodak All-Region selection (1993-94). A three-time, first-team All-Pac-10 honoree, she was named the conference's Player of the Year in 1994.

Williams led the Bruins in scoring and field goal percentage in three seasons and was tops in rebounding average every year, recording the three-best, single-season rebounding average totals in UCLA history. She stands first in school history in rebounding average (12.8), third in scoring average (20.4) and blocks (97) and sixth in field goal percentage (.528).

After her collegiate career, Williams won four gold medals with United States Basketball, including a gold in the 2000 Olympics. The 1999 USA Basketball Player of the Year went on to play seven years in the WNBA with the Utah Starzz (1999-2002) and the Indiana Fever (2003-05).

Williams was a 16-time Pac-10 Player of the Week, winning the award eight times apiece in volleyball and basketball. Named the Pac-10 Female Athlete of the Decade for 1986-96, Williams was inducted into the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2004.

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