In the spotlight: Casey Williams

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Casey Williams and the Intercept. One cannot be mentioned without the other.

Casey Williams from the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic’s intercept ability was so dominant in season 2009 she nearly doubled her closest rival. In 2009 Williams took 60 intercepts in 15 games (on average 4 per game). This was an astonishing 27 more than her closest rival. So far in season 2010, Williams has not lost any of her ability as she is already leading the Intercept stat total. In game one she took five, game two she took three and game three she took 2.

Being the leading interceptor in 2009 was impressive enough; she managed to get hand to ball to deflect it on 70 occasions, once again leading the entire competition. Even though the competition from her rivals was a lot closer she still shone as the leading light. So far in 2010 she has already deflected the ball 6 times – in round one she deflected the ball four times, round two once and round three once.

Ironically in 2009 Williams also took 60 defensive rebounds, the same number as her intercept total. This was 14 more any other defensive rebounder. So far this season her defensive rebound ability is matching her intercept ability. In round one she took five, round two she took three and round three she took four.

When people think about the WBOP Magic they often think of their shooting ability. However whilst Casey Williams is playing and leading the way in intercepts, deflections and rebounds, the argument can be made that there strength lies actually in the defensive part of the court.