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Williams takes her talents to the WABA

April 5, 2013

Courtesy of Monmouth College - Forward Zipporah Williams signed with the WABA's Chicago Lady Steam.

The nickname “Z” has proved a fitting title for Monmouth basketball player Zipporah Williams. Like the Masked Man himself, she made her mark on the Monmouth women’s basketball team’s historic 2012-13 season.

She carved her way through opposing teams during the season. Zipporah started every game for the Scots and finished near the top of almost every statistical category.

The senior’s performance during the season even garnered her first team Mid-West Conference (MWC) honors.
However, her most impressive accomplishment came after her MC career was over.

Williams was invited to a tryout with the Chicago Lady Steam, a semi-professional team based in the Chicago area that competes in the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA).

“I was excited and nervous at the tryout because it was something new to me,” said Williams, “but I overcame the nervousness and did very well.”

Williams’s assessment of her performance was right. The team wasted no time in offering Williams a contract, making her the first ever Monmouth College women’s basketball player to turn pro.

Lady Steam head coach Melody Brooks was impressed with her athletic ability and skill level at the tryout, but spoke high praise of Zipporah’s psyche.

“She is an extremely positive person. Her attitude and willingness to learn were fantastic. We want players that will be versatile and have a good attitude. We think Zipporah is one of those players.”

Monmouth head coach Melissa Bittner seconds the notion.

“Z is incredibly coachable and fits a very unique niche. I think she is a good defender that can shoot and rebound, who knows where this opportunity may lead.”

Whether it is past or future coaches, they seem to notice Z’s most redeeming quality, heart. Williams sees that in herself as well.

“I consider myself a hard working player who will give 110 percent every time on the floor.”

Williams is quick to thank Monmouth for helping her get to this point. “It is very family orientated and the faculty is very supportive and helpful. They want you to succeed.”

Williams is from the Chicago area, making her pro-career somewhat of a homecoming.

“It feels great to come home to a career that I dreamed about my entire life. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to play the game that I once fell in love with.”

There’s no doubt Williams will make her mark wherever she ends up.

Ace Henricks
Contributing Writer

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