Once cut from the USA volleyball team, Natalie Williams found another way to win a gold medal.
Four years later, Williams went with her second sport of basketball. Known as a dual-sport star at UCLA, she was glad she made the move.
She once played for both of the UCLA women’s basketball and volleyball teams in one day.
She won two National Championship in volleyball at UCLA and was an All-American in both sports. She actually was the first to earn the honor in two sports in the same year.
Once her eligibility was up for volleyball, she ended with 2,115 kills and 940 kills.
Her first full year of just basketball she tore her ACL.
Of the ones who have done that double collegiately, most have a more dominant sport of the two, but Williams was a dual superstar.
“I always felt like she would end up in basketball. But I didn’t know she was going to make the Hall of Fame. She wanted to play volleyball in college, and I told her, ‘You are a better basketball player,'” said her father, Nate Williams. But I said, ‘OK, if that’s what you want to do,’ and so she played both sports.
Once going pro for basketball, she started in the ABL and moved to the WNBA after the ABL ceased.
Over her WNBA career she averaged 13.1 points and 8.3 rebounds. She played 7 season with Utah and Indiana.
She left the WNBA to raise her children in which her three daughter play basketball. She has one son also.
Now, she is being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She is one of six players being honored.