Karrie Williams (1967 –  )

Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward
Year of Induction: 2001

About

As a graduate of Chatham-Kent Secondary School (CKSS) and John McGregor Secondary School (JMSS), Karrie excelled at basketball, volleyball, track & field throughout her elementary and secondary school years. After high school, she attended Grand Valley State University (Division II) in Michigan on a basketball scholarship and went on to played professionally in Denmark.

Career Highlights

High School September 1981 – January 1986

  • 1984 – led Chatham Kent SS to Kent and SWOSSA Championships
  • 1985 – transferred to John McGregor SS and became a co-captain and a key player for the Panthers on an outstanding basketball team – the team had an overall record of 32-2, winning 3 tournaments, Jaycee Pink and White in Chatham, Seneca High School Classic in Toronto, and St. Clair Coca Cola Classic in Windsor and placing second in University of Western Ontario tournament in London – the team won the Kent County Championship by beating CKSS, they won the SWOSSA Championship by beating Kingsville District High School, and won the OFSSAA ‘AA’ Championship by beating Sarnia Collegiate Institute and Technical School in the finals – in all games Karrie was a huge influence with her scoring, rebounding, and defence – the Panthers were the first Kent County girls team to win an OFSSAA Championship
  • In high school Karrie was an all star for her final 3 years, the last 2 being unanimous choices
  • After graduating she accepted a scholarship at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, becoming the first Kent County female athlete to receive a scholarship in team sports from an American university

Grand Valley State University September 1986 – June 1990

  • 1986 – 1987 – Karrie had an immediate impact on the team and became a starter in her first year and remained one for all 4 years at GVSU
  • 1987 – 1988 – team won GLIAC title and advanced to NCAA Division II National Tournament – led team in rebounding with 224, an average of 8 per game – set team single game record for steals with 9 against Ferris State
  • 1988 – 1989 – led team in scoring with 372 points, an average of 17.2 per game and led team in rebounding with 216, an average of 9.8 per game – set team single game rebound record with 24 against Northwood Institute – was GLIAC All-Conference player and was chosen 3rd Team All-American by the American Women’s Sports Foundation (AWSF)
  • 1989 – 1990 – team reached NCAA Division II National Tournament – led team in scoring for second consecutive year with 426 points, an average of 15.2 per game and led team in rebounding for third consecutive year with 317, an average of 11.3 per game – tied team record for most free throws made in a season with 111 – was GLIAC All-Conference player and 3rd Team All-American, both for the second consecutive year

GVSU Career

  • Fourth in career scoring with 1283 points
  • Second in career rebounds with 925
  • Inducted into GVSU Hall of Fame, October 17, 1997

Professional Career 1990 – 1994

  • Played for Stevnsgade, Denmark – led team in scoring, rebounding, and steals all four years averaging 21.3 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.1 steals per game – won numerous all-tournament and MVP Awards
  • 1996 – attended tryout camps for newly formed Women’s National Basketball Association and American Basketball League
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