DURHAM, N.C. – The Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) has announced the election of five officers on its executive committee, which includes Duke alumna and currently member of the Atlanta Dream, Elizabeth Williams as secretary.
Along with Williams being tabbed secretary, Sue Bird, Elena Delle Donne and Chiney Ogwumike were elected to the offices of vice president, while Carolyn Swords was elected as treasurer. Nneka Ogwumike continues to serve as president of the WNBPA. The offices of vice president, secretary and treasurer all carry two-year terms.
Williams previously served as the player representative for her team, prior to being elected.
A 2015 Duke graduate, Williams is in her fourth season in the WNBA and third with the Atlanta Dream. She was the 2016 WNBA Most Improved Player, after averaging 11.9 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Dream and was selected to the 2017 WNBA All-Star game. Williams had her jersey retired at Duke on Dec. 29, 2016, marking only the third Blue Devil in school history to have her jersey hung in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Williams and the Atlanta Dream have earned the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WNBA playoffs, after totaling a franchise-record 23 wins on the season. She has averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.4 assists for the Dream in 2018. She has hit a career-best 54.8 from the field.
Earlier this summer, WNBPA player leadership voted to expand its executive committee to seven positions (increased from five) by separating the former office of the secretary-treasurer into the distinct roles of secretary and treasurer, while also adding a third vice president position.
Former Duke University standout and current member of the Washington Mystics, Monique Currie will be closing out her two-year term as vice president on Oct. 15, 2018.
The Dream will open the 2018 WNBA playoffs Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m., in Atlanta, Ga., live on ESPN2.