Lady Tiger Williams to return for senior campaign

Florence Williams, a forward for the LSU Lady Tigers basketball team, announced on Friday that she will return for her final season of eligibility in 2005-06.

Williams, a native of Miami, Fla., enrolled at LSU in 2001-02 as a partial qualifier academically and was forced to sit out her first season. Since then she has met the NCAA academic requirements to gain an additional year of eligibility back and will return for her senior season.

"I'm excited about coming back for another season and I'm proud that my hard work in school provided the opportunity," Williams said. "My teammates and coaches are like family and hopefully we will have another chance to finish want we started over the last two years."

In three seasons Williams has averaged 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 63 games. This past year, the 6-0 forward averaged 2.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 30 games, including scoring a career-high 16 points in LSU's victory over Georgia in the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

In Williams three years the Lady Tigers have advanced to back-to-back NCAA Final Fours, won the program's first SEC regular season title and won the 2003 SEC Tournament.

"We are very pleased that Florence has decided to return to LSU for her final season," head coach Pokey Chatman said. "She's a very skilled, versatile player that can contribute to our team in so many ways; on the perimeter or in the post. When her team needed her last season she answered the call in a big way. I am expecting more of the same next season."

Not only did Williams answer the call on the court, but she will graduate from LSU in August with a degree in general studies.

"What I admire most about Florence has been her consistent effort in the classroom," Chatman added. "From day one she has been our most diligent student and as a result, she will graduate in four years this summer and was rightly awarded her fourth season of competition by the NCAA."

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