21/04/2024

Chicago Sky's Courtney Williams. (Image: Chicago Sky - X).

WNBA veteran, Courtney Williams has taken her game to another level whilst playing the role as a point guard with the Chicago Sky.

In a season encompassed by adversity, Courtney Williams became a beacon of light for the Chicago Sky. Having taken on a new role as the starting shooting guard in her first year with the club, Williams’ adaptability helped the Sky reach the playoffs.

With sudden changes to the roster and injuries among the Sky’s headaches heading into the season, it led the 29-year-old to move into a role she’s yet to play so far in the WNBA – point guard.

Williams spoke to the media following the Sky’s round one playoffs exist against the Las Vegas Aces on Monday, reflecting on the growth she’s made in her first season in the role.

“I think I did a good job, you know, being my first time. I think I ended the regular season like top five [rebounding guards] in the city. So that was a great accomplishment,” she said.

“It definitely was a challenge. But it helped me grow, not just as a person, but as a player as well.”

The former Perth Lynx star finished off the regular season averaging 10.4 points, 6 rebounds and 6.3 assists. However, a two-game sweep by the Aces now sees the Sky’s season come to an abrupt end.

When asked about if she wanted to continue playing as point guard in the future, Williams admitted that she saw no issue if that’s what happens down the track.

“[Playing as point guard] adds value to my game. It showed a lot of people that I’m not one dimensional,” she said.

“I can do whatever a teams needs me to do, I can adapt to any situation. So I’m not against it. I had two triple-doubles at the guard position.

“I put my name in the record book, so I can’t be against it. It adds some spice to me.”

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With the curtains closed on their 2023 campaign, the Sky are set for a turbulent off-season.

A major priority will be the hunt for a new head coach and general manager, following the sudden departure of James Wade in the middle of the season.

Questions also surround the playing future of Williams.

After signing a one-year contract with the Sky, she’ll become an unrestricted free agent in the new year. Williams was asked about whether discussions had already begun and expressed that it’s not a priority for her at the moment.

“Yeah, I think you handle that later on,” she said.

“There’s so many different kind of pieces that gotta come together for this organisation before we can get to [deciding to come back next season].

“But once they figure out, we’ll get to chatting and we’ll see if we can figure something out.”

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