Amber Holle Williams has been honored many times for her high school and college basketball achievements, but she said the honor she received on Saturday night tops her list.
Williams was named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Silver Anniversary team at a banquet Saturday night in Indianapolis. She was one of 18 female 1997 Indiana high school graduates named to the Silver Anniversary team.
“It’s really amazing to be here with all these people that I haven’t seen in 25 years,” she said. “It’s been really fun hanging out with teammates and with former coaches. Sull (Donna Sullivan) was with us too, and I know it was one of her favorite times of the year. So it’s been very special, and it’s also great to share it with my four daughters and my husband, and all of our family is here and we have friends here too. It’s been a really fun day and we’re looking forward to the evening also.
The newly inducted Hall of Famer and members of the Silver Anniversary team attended a reception at the New Castle Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon.
“We made sure, when we walked through the Hall of Fame today, to look at all the plaques of the Seymour people, like Erika McCoy, Julie VonDielingen and Teri Moren, and we also saw Bud Shippee, so yeah, we’re sure we saw the whole Seymour tradition,” Williams said.
Williams was a four-year starter at Seymour High School for Hall of Fame coach Sullivan. Williams has been capped four times in all sections, four times in the Central South Conference and four times in all regions.
She was an Indiana star in 1997 after being named a junior star the previous season. She finished second on the all-time points list with 1,210 points and had 351 assists and 619 rebounds during her career.
“What I remember most are the memories with my teammates, Coach Sullivan being such a great example and looking out for all of us,” she said. “We had a lot of ups and downs with the team stuff. We just had a good time and worked very hard. It was just fun being part of the Seymour Lady Owls program.
She was named the school’s Outstanding Female Athlete in 1997 after competing in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Williams averaged 20.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game as a senior.
“My senior year, we lost to Brownstown in the Division Championship in overtime,” Williams said.
After graduating from SHS, she went to New Mexico State University, where she played basketball for two years. Then she transferred to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she also played basketball for two years.
She played 49 games in New Mexico and 57 games in IUPUI and scored 962 points in 106 career games. She averaged 12.9 points per game her junior year and 15.4 her senior year.
Williams set IUPUI records with 25 consecutive free throws made, single-game 3-pointers (6-6) and single-game free throws (12-12) and finished third in shooting percentage. career free throws (81%) and third in career 3-point shooting percentage (44%).
Williams began her basketball training at Trinity Lutheran High School, where she coached the Cougars for four years. She then coached the eighth grade team at Jennings County Middle School.
She was the Youth Coordinator of the Seymour Women’s Basketball Program for seven years and is entering her fifth year in the Seymour Community School Corp system.
“I’m in charge of the youth program,” she says. “I take care of our travel teams. I help with summer camp, one of the clinics we have. We have a group going to Hanover College this summer, so I’m putting it all together, all about the youth program and off-season stuff, and then in-season too. I coached my children’s travel teams, I coached fifth year Emmanuel last year and will probably coach Immanuel next year.