Kiana Williams becomes 27th Cardinal drafted to play in the WNBA

Kiana Williams

KIANA WILLIAMS became the 27th Stanford player to hear her name called in the WNBA draft when the Seattle Storm recently selected the guard with the sixth pick in the second round.

The 13th All-American in program history, Williams etched her name as one of the greatest in program history and cemented her legacy as a senior, winning a national championship in her hometown of San Antonio. Williams finished the season leading the team in points (14.0), assists (3.1), 3-pointers (82) and minutes played (32.3), while setting Stanford’s career 3-point mark, finishing her time on the Farm with 311.

Williams never missed a game after stepping on campus, appearing in 137 with 128 consecutive starts to finish her career. She was named the 2021 NCAA Tournament Alamo Region Most Outstanding Player, as well as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2021 Pac-12 Tournament. Her 1,834 career points rank 10th in program history, while her 464 career assists are good for ninth. Her 83.3 percent shooting percentage from the free throw line is tied for the second-best in program history.

Off the court, Williams has earned several academic accolades and is set to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology & Society at the conclusion of spring quarter.

This is just the latest achievement for the national champion Cardinal. Among the other recently accolades for the team:

  • For the third time in her career, TARA VANDERVEER was named the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year. Also named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the 16th time, VanDerveer led the Cardinal through unfathomable COVID-related circumstances en route to Stanford’s 24th all-time Pac-12 regular season championship, 14th Pac-12 Tournament title, No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and, ultimately, the national championship.
  • Fresh off her spectacular sophomore season, HALEY JONES was selected to participate in team trials for USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup. She, along with 19 other top collegiate players, will compete for a spot from April 18-21 on the campus of the University of South Carolina.

Since the WNBA’s inaugural season (1997), 30 former Stanford players have appeared in a regular-season game and seven players have won a combined eight WNBA championships. There are three current active players in the WNBA from Stanford, including Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks) and Erica McCall (Washington Mystics).

Read more on the Stanford Athletics website. Go Cardinal.