Gabby Williams Olympic Updates
When 2018 No. 4 overall pick Gabby Williams takes the floor for France in Tokyo she isn't just representing one of her two home countries. She also bears the distinction of being the only member of Los Angeles Sparks to appear in the 2020 Olympic Games. She was traded to the Sparks on May 9, signed an extension on May 14, and is on a full-season suspension due to her French National Team obligations.
MONDAY JULY 26: JAPAN 74, FRANCE 70
While Williams and France fell to Japan 74-70 in their opening preliminary round matchup on Monday July 26, the 24-year-old put up a solid, well-balanced performance. With 31 minutes under her belt, the forward spent more time on the floor than any of her 11 other teammates.
Williams' performance highlights her ability to contribute to her team's effort in all facets of the game. In fact, she was the only player on either France or Japan to record numbers in each of the five following statistical categories: points (9), rebounds (4), assists (5), steals (4), and blocks (2).
France and Williams now must turn their attention to taking down a tough Nigeria squad on Friday July 30. Nigeria lost its opening matchup in Tokyo as well, falling 81-72 to the United States. With both France and Nigeria behind in group play, this next contest is essentially do-or-die for either team.
UP NEXT: FRIDAY JULY 30: FRANCE VS. NIGERIA at 1:30 AM PT
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