Williams went to UCLA on a volleyball scholarship, but she missed basketball. After some discussion, she convinced the coaches to let her play both sports. It worked out well. As a right side hitter in volleyball, Williams was a four-time All-America and the national player of the year in 1990 and 1992. She led the Bruins to two NCAA titles. In basketball, she was a two-time All-America. The Pac-10 named her its Female Athlete of the Decade.