WGH’s Williams integral part of SCSU offense

Kourtney Williams is familiar with her current role at South Carolina State University.

The 5-foot-9 junior guard leads the Bulldogs with 17.8 points per game -?the same kind of prolific scoring she did when she was at Warren G. Harding High School.

The 2011 Raider graduate does more than score for the Bulldogs.

“Kourtney has been a pretty valuable piece for our program since her arrival here three years ago,” SCSU women’s basketball coach Doug Robertson said. “Right now, she’s doing extremely well in terms of leading us in scoring, playing hard, doing all the small, little things in order for us to be successful.”

Former WGH coach P.J. Notar talked to Robertson about Williams’ on-court abilities.

“He was pretty much pinpoint accurate in terms of her ability to get to the basket with the best of them in terms of scoring the basketball,” Robertson said.

Unfortunately, Williams is out with a sprained ankle she suffered a couple of days ago, holding her out of Saturday’s game at Florida A&M. Williams had a career-high 30 points in the first meeting on Jan. 30.

“I’m a little bummed out about it, but she’ll be fine,” Robertson said.

“I don’t know the next time I’ll play, but hopefully I can get back out on the court as soon as possible,” Williams said.

Williams has also had to deal with tragedy this season – albeit off the court. On Jan. 24, Justin Bernard Singleton, 19, shot and killed fellow student and SCSU football player Brandon Robinson, 20.

The SCSU women hosted MEAC rival Norfolk State the following day. The Bulldogs lost, 59-54.

“It was tough to bounce back from that incident and play at a high level of intensity for that particular game,” Robertson said.

Family and friends were concerned about Williams following the Jan. 24 incident.

“I had a lot of people that were concerned. I told them everything was OK and we were safe,” she said.

Williams, who is a Sports Communications major at SCSU, said she might head to graduate school after receiving her bachelor’s degree. She hopes to break through in broadcasting, but mostly get picked up by an overseas professional team.

“That’s all on Kourtney,” Robertson said. “I think she has all the tools to play overseas. She can score the ball. She can defend the ball. I swear I wish she was three more inches tall. Then I could confirm, yes I think she can. Right now I think her only issue would be her height. If she was about 5-11, I think it would be a no-brainer. Right now, it may be a little bit of a stretch. It’s not out of the question.

“No question she can flat out score the ball with the best of them.”