Bridgett Bonds Williams
    Bridgett Bonds Williams

    Sport/Years/Inducted:
    Women's Basketball/1984-88/1993


    She was one of the killer "B's"...part of the Berghuis-Bonds tandem that terrorized foes during the winningest women's basketball era in school history. With Bridgett Bonds owning the baseline, the Salukis reigned supreme from 1984-88, averaging more than 22 wins per season. After a 21-7 season in '85, Bonds became SIUC's first women's basketball player selected for participation in a National Sports Festival. In '86 and '87, Bonds was SIUC's leading rebounder as the Salukis went unbeaten (38-0) in Gateway Conference play, captured consecutive league crowns and made back-to-back appearances in NCAA Tournaments. The '86 squad posted a 23-game win streak and finished 25-4. In '87, the Salukis upset 14th ranked and home standing LSU in NCAA competition to advance to the Midwest Regional. A loss to third-ranked Louisiana Tech failed to tarnish a 28-3 record. Bonds became SIUC's first Kodak-All District pick, while being chosen the '87 Gateway Conference MVP and SIUC's Female Athlete of the Year. Career stats showed Bonds scored double figures in 66 games. She was the Salukis' top rebounder in 44 games and leading scorer 26 times. Her junior season, Bonds scored a career-high 28 points in 27 minutes versus Northern Iowa and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds against Wichita State. In '87, she also led the Gateway Conference in field goal shooting (.583). Upon induction to the Hall of Fame in 1993, Bonds still ranked in the top ten on SIUC's career list in scoring (1,227 pts.), rebounds (717), steals (157) and blocks (56). The St. Louis native earned a Master's degree in Vocational Education from SIUC in 1990 and returned in her alma mater to become an assistant coach in women's basketball prior to the 1992-93 seasons.