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Madi Williams Selected by Seattle in WNBA Draft Second Round

Madi Williams of Oklahoma women's basketball - 2

Oklahoma forward Madi Williams was taken by Seattle in the second round of the 2023 WNBA Draft on Monday night, one of three Big 12 players taken in the first two rounds.

Williams was the second Big 12 player taken in the draft, selected No. 18 overall.

Before Williams came off the board, Iowa State center Stephanie Soares was taken No. 4 overall by Washington and then traded to Dallas. One selection after Williams, Iowa State’s Ashley Joens was selected by Dallas.

 

Williams was one of three Oklahoma super-seniors that led the Sooners to a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and a first-round win over Sacramento State.

The Sooners lost to UCLA in the second round.

Williams joins other Sooners that have been taken in the WNBA Draft, including guard Stacey Dales (first round, 2002, Washington), center Courtney Paris (first round, 2009, Sacramento) and guard Danielle Robinson (first round, 2011, San Antonio).

Williams is the first Sooner selected since San Antonio took Whitney Hand in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft.

Williams led the Sooners with 15.7 points per game in her final season. The forward also averaged 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals. She shot better than 50 percent from the floor and ended her career with more than 2,000 points, one of a select group of Sooners to achieve that mark.

Williams was a three-time All-Big 12 First-Team performer in each of her final three seasons in Norman and was a two-time Cheryl Miller Award finalist, given to the nation’s top small forward.

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