The Los Angeles Sparks announced they will be without Riquna Williams after she ruptured her left Achilles. This news is hard to deal with, as the team had just traded for Williams this off-season and looking forward to her impact on the court.
Williams hurt her Achilles while playing in a game for Al Nasr Sports club in the Adu Dhabi Inter-University Sports League. At the moment, there has not been a timetable on her return.
"Obviously this is a devastating blow to Riquna and the Sparks. While our commitment to winning hasn't change, our intimidate concern is for Riquna's health and supporting her through her recovery," Penny Toler -- the teams' general manager and executive vice president -- said on William's injury.
The Sparks acquired Williams and the sixth pick in the 2016 WNBA draft earlier this off-season from the Dallas Wings in exchange for Erin Phillips, LA's fifth pick in this year's draft and its 2017 first round selection.
Williams is a four year veteran with career averages of 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1,4 steals in the 100 games she played for the Tulsa Shock (now the Dallas Wings).