Natalie Williams
State of Sport Award

Natalie Williams

Basketball, WNBA

An All-American in both volleyball and basketball at UCLA, Taylorsville High School star Natalie Williams played seven seasons in the WNBA. The Utah Starzz selected Williams with the number three overall pick in the 1999 draft. As a rookie, she was named to the All-WNBA First Team, averaging 18.0 points and 9.2 rebounds, and making 51.9 percent of her field goal attempts.

Williams went on to earn two other All-WNBA First Team honors, four All-Star Teams, and helped lead the franchise to its first postseason appearance in 2001. In four years in Salt Lake City, Williams averaged 15.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Williams was a member of the U.S. Women’s Basketball Team that brought home the gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.