Josie Williams is a graduate transfer from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. The 6-foot-5 center is the third graduate transfer that joined the Louisville program this year. Coming into the program with her was Morgan Jones from Florida State and Chrislyn Carr from Syracuse.
These three additions to Coach Jeff Walz’s roster helped push an already stacked roster into the AP Top 25. Louisville is currently ranked as the seventh best team in the nation and looks to build off their success from last year, which saw them take a trip to the Final Four.
This is one of the reasons why Josie Williams came to the University of Louisville. The tradition of high-level basketball that has been established by Coach Walz and his staff in the fifteen years he has been on the sidelines caught the attention of Williams as she was seeking a school to extend her collegiate basketball career.
As a senior at Utah Valley, she averaged a double-double with 17.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. In achieving this feat, she notched 24 double-doubles that year, which tied her for fourth in the country. Her consistency in scoring points was extended by her durability. She started 30 out of a possible 31 games her senior year, which enabled her to score in double figures in all 30 of those games.
Williams explained she likes to play in the post with her back to the basket. Banging around with bodies in the paint is typically a good recipe to draw fouls in the game of basketball, which is another strength in Josie’s game. She shot over 80% from the free throw line her senior year.
Her strengths and abilities will be an incredible asset to this Louisville Women’s Basketball team as they seek to make their way back to the NCAA Tournament.