Gabby Williams packed the stats during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, averaging 4.6 assists and 3.2 steals taking part in Saturday’s bronze medal match against Serbia.
In the match at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Williams scored France with an individual points total of 17 points and her team scored a balanced score elsewhere en route to a 91-76 seëvier. This is France’s second Olympic medal ever in women’s basketball, with the first in silver form in 2012.
France experienced a lot of adversity in Tokyo, but with the help of some WNBA talents, it became the third best team in the world, namely Williams, who is a member of the Los Angeles Sparks and was a contributor to the Chicago Sky last year. . Marine Johannès, who averaged 11.2 points and 3.8 assists in Tokyo, currently has a suspended contract with the New York Liberty, a team for which she scored 7.2 points per game in 2019.
Sandrine Gruda held her own against some of the best greats in the world and was France’s goal scorer in Tokyo. She played six seasons in the W, the youngest in 2017, averaging 13.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for the Connecticut Sun in 2009.
Williams added eight rebounds from team height and played the team with four assists high in the bronze medal. Endene Miyem was second in the team with 16 points and also took five rebounds, while Gruda had 14 and five to go along. Marine Fauthoux, the 29th overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, scored 12 points, while Johannès (three assists), Alix Duchet (three assists) and Alexia Chartereau each had 10 points.
Iliana Rupert, the overall 12th pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft taken by the Las Vegas Aces, played just 9:34 against Serbia and kept counting. However, she scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and 3-on-3 shooting from the free throw line in 14 minutes of action against the United States in group play.
France trailed Serbia 23-19, but won the second 24-17 and the third 24-16. Serbia would reduce it to seven on Yvonne Anderson’s free kicks with 3:38 to play, but would not come any closer. A Nevena Jovanovic triple with 1:33 to cut it to nine, allowing Serbia to hold on to hope. But a Williams who was three behind with 39 seconds left made a 12-point game, and Johannès gave a try of her own with the four standouts of the exclamation mark.
Anderson finished with 24 points and five helpers in a defeat. Teammate Jelena Brooks added 14 points, six boards and five assists, while Sonja Vasic was good for nine, eight and three.
France shot 51.9 percent from outside the arc with 14 makes. Williams was 4-out-5, while Fauthoux and Chartereau were both a perfect 2-out-2.