Marauders Basketball: Williams shares career milestone with family

Dani Williams's mom Renee Fritzen has always been proud of her daughter's accomplishments.

"I call her my Iron Athlete," Fritzen said. "When she was only in grade school, she was the only girl who could climb the rope to the top, and I called her Queen of the Jungle."

And thanks to a three-point shot Friday, Williams is now the 17th Queen of 1,000 Points for U-Mary women's basketball. 

"It's kind of funny that I ended at 999 right before I came home," Williams said. "I definitely did not plan on getting it at home, but that's just the way it all played out."

She's glad it did, because it allowed her Wyoming-based family to see it firsthand.

"For my mom, my dad and my brothers, this is the most they've been able to make trips up here. They keep telling me it's because it's my last season and the last time they'll be able to take advantage of it."

So as the Marauders got ready for their Friday home game, Renee wished Dani good luck with a text.

"I just sent her that picture of her jump shot, and I said, You go get em', Tiger," Fritzen said.

And she did. 

Now, Williams has taken thousands of shots just like this one since early childhood, when a love for a Michael Jordan doll grew into a love of basketball that would bring her to Bismarck.

"This has been my life the last five years. It's just been my focus and my family," Williams said.

And her family says her commitment to the game has helped her become not just a better athlete, but a better person, too.

"I think she's learned a lot of lessons," Fritzen said. "She's developed not only physically, but mentally and spiritually here."

So Renee isn't going to call Dani her Iron Athlete anymore. She's going to call Dani her hero.

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