Las Vegas, NV (February 3, 2022)—Las Vegas Aces Head Coach Becky Hammon announced today that the team has re-signed guard Riquna Williams (ruh-QWAH-nuh).
“It’s no secret that Riquna has been one of the best three-point shooters in the league for the last decade,” said Hammon. “In addition to what she brings to the court on offense, she was a lynchpin last year for an Aces defense that led the WNBA in lowest opponent three-point field goal percentage, and I’m excited to have her back in Las Vegas.”
“I came to Las Vegas last year because of their reputation as a great organization, and the opportunity to grow my game while playing with some of the most talented players in the league,” said Williams. “We came up short of our goal of winning a WNBA Championship, but I’m happy to be back with the Aces to take another run at the title, and excited to get to work with Coach Hammon and the rest of the staff.”
The Aces originally signed Williams as a free agent prior to the 2021 season. She rewarded them with the most efficient offensive campaign of her career connecting on a career-high 44.4 percent of her field goal attempts, and finishing fifth in the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (.417). Williams also averaged 10.6 points per game, which gave Las Vegas a WNBA-record seven players who averaged double-figures in scoring.
The 5-7 shooting guard began her professional career in Tulsa when the Shock made her the 17th overall pick of the 2012 WNBA Draft. Williams set what was then the league’s single-game scoring record in her second year in the WNBA, pouring in 51 points vs. San Antonio on September 8, 2013. She also tied the league mark for made threes in a game that day with 8.
The Miami grad earned WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors in 2013, and picked up her first All-Star nod in 2015 after averaging a career-high 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.
After four years in Tulsa, Williams was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks prior to the 2016 season. She made four trips to the postseason with the Sparks, including the 2017 WNBA Finals.
Since the 2018 season, the Miami native has connected on 40.1 percent of her shots from long distance, which is the sixth highest percentage in the league over that time span.