Courtney Williams traded to Connecticut
After six brief cameos with the Phoenix Mercury, former USF women's offensive dynamo Courtney Williams has been traded to the Connecticut Sun.
Williams, who totaled 25 minutes in six appearances with the team that drafted her eighth overall in April, was dealt to the Sun -- along with the draft rights to 20th overall pick Jillian Alleyne and a 2017 second-round pick -- for veteran Kelsey Bone.
"We are excited about acquiring both Courtney and Jillian," said Sun coach Curt Miller, whose 3-11 club is last in the WNBA's Eastern Conference.
"This gives us two more young pieces as we build around our young nucleus. Courtney was a dynamic scorer at the collegiate level and brings an athleticism at the guard position that is needed on our roster."
Williams, USF's No. 2 all-time scorer and No. 3 rebounder, simply couldn't crack a Mercury backcourt that already included two-time Naismith Player of the Year Diana Taurasi and three-time WNBA All-Star Penny Taylor. In 25 minutes, Williams totaled three points and seven rebounds for Phoenix.
By comparison, Indiana Fever G Tiffany Mitchell, taken one spot after Williams in the draft, is averaging 11.9 points and 1.5 assists in more than 25 minutes per game. The No. 7 pick, Washington Mystics swing player Kahleah Copper, is averaging 5.8 points and 3.5 boards in more than 17 minutes.
Alleyne, who arrives in Connecticut with Williams, tore an ACL in February while playing for Oregon and is out for the entire WNBA season. The co-Pac 12 Player of the Year, she finished her college career ranked second in NCAA history in double-doubles (92) and third in rebounds (1,712).