Points were not flowing freely, because 2:04 later, she hit another wide-open shot and LSU's lead was 52-46.
One minute after that, Williams was left alone again and swished in another. The Lady Tigers led 54-46.
And with 4:01 to go, Williams, a
fifth-year senior from
Thank-you, drive home safely, final score: LSU 68, Georgia 61.
In 1983, the late Bob Brodhead,
then the LSU athletic director with a remarkable talent for hiring coaches,
All he did was turn LSU's into the pre-eminent college baseball program in all the land, punctuated by five NCAA titles from 1991-2000.
He had players from
Ricky Blanton, on the one of the
most beloved LSU basketball players ever for his remarkable career in the late
1980s, is from
But all that pales to what
It started with Marie Ferdinand, who came to LSU in 1997 and left as an All-American destined for a stellar career in the WNBA.
All the Miami/LSU kids seem to know each other and hang out together.
Williams knew Davey before LSU. Fowles said Bowe is like her big brother, although she's 6-6 and Bowe is only 6-3.
She laughed. "Well, he's like my little big brother."
Williams isn't surprised others from home have followed her.
"They know we have a good football program and a good women's basketball program," Williams said. "All our sports are doing very well so why not go where things are going well?"
"We're the hot city," Williams
"No question," assistant Bob
Starkey said. "
None of that is lost on LSU head coach Pokey Chatman who, as an assistant, got things started by getting Ferdinand.
Chatman saw her play in a summer league game, made the connection and the pipeline was laid.
"Marie was the first and she had a great experience," Chatman said.
It didn't hurt any, Starkey pointed out, that Ferdinand was, for some reason, a huge LSU football fan.
Hey, whatever works in recruiting.
Any good college sports program has
to do well in its own state, and LSU women's basketball certainly has. To wit,
Seimone Augustus is from
"You have to own your state and you have to branch out to other places," Starkey said.
"We were fortunate that we could go to one city and do some one-stop shopping."
"For us to all be here," Fowles said, "is just a blessing for all of us."