Friday, October 19, 2018
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A Sun stroke? Courtney Williams finds 3-point touch in WNBA

If the veritable clinic she conducted Wednesday night is any indication, former USF women's sensation Courtney Williams has broadened her game.

Beyond the 3-point line.

The greatest mid-range shooter (and No. 2 all-time scorer) in Bulls history, Williams scored a career-best 34 points — including a 4-for-10 effort from 3-point range — in the Connecticut Sun's 95-91 loss to the Washington Mystics.

Her team trailing by 30 at one point in the first half, Williams engineered a valiant rally that fell just short, scoring 16 points in the third quarter alone. Three of her four treys came in the third.

"I couldn't believe we lost Courtney Williams a couple of times," Mystics coach Mike Thibault said. "She had a hell of a game getting them back in the game."

Williams, averaging 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Sun (7-2) in her third WNBA season, has totaled 56 points in her last two games, going 5-for-12 from long range in that stretch.

Not shabby for a player who finished with 2,304 career points at USF despite hitting only 125 3-pointers. By comparison, Kitija Laksa had 126 treys last season alone.

"I think it's more of a confidence thing and knowing when to take them," Williams said in a text message Thursday.

"I've always been able to shoot 3's, I just felt more comfortable taking my mid-range jumpers. If teams are going to give me 3's though, I'm definitely going to take them."

Williams and the Sun face the Seattle Storm on the road Friday at 10 p.m. (NBA TV).

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