Andrea Gardner-Williams was inducted into the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. Gardner-Williams was a standout cager at Howard University from 1999 until 2002. She was named the MEAC Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000 and she went on to be named the MEAC Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, she led the entire nation in rebounding with 14.2 per game while she led the Lady Bison to the NCAA Tournament that season.
Gardner-Williams scored more than 1,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during her career.
“This is truly a great honor for me,” Gardner-Williams said. “I never imagined when I started playing this sport at the age of 10 that I would reach this level. I am just honored and humbled by this honor. I am grateful to Howard University, Coach Sanya Tyler, Jeff Williams and Coach Linda Spencer for giving me an opportunity.”
Gardner-Williams has an important place in history. Declared a Proposition 48 casualty during her freshman year, Gardner was one of seven student athletes who filed a lawsuit contesting the policy on the basis that it discriminates against minorities in college athletics. The group won the case and changed the landscape of intercollegiate athletics forever. She went on to graduate in four years, receiving her degree in exercise physiology from Howard University.
Prep 48 required freshmen to score 700 or better on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or the minimum 15 on the American College Test, in order to be eligible for sports.
Gardner-Williams is one of two players (the other is Denique Graves, also from Howard) from HBCU drafted in WNBA history. She was drafted in the second round by the Utah Starzz (now the San Antonio Silver Stars). She went on to play for the Washington Mystics and later internationally in 10 different countries including Greece, Spain, France and Italy.
Gardner-Williams went on to coach professionally in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and collegiately at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Md.
She currently serves as a math instructor and women’s basketball coach at the Woodland Job Corps Center in Laurel, Md.