The Samoans beat Fiji 53-42 to secure 13th place today, having been dominant in the round-robin Group E, made up of the teams who finished bottom of their initial Preliminaries stage one groups.
A dominant second quarter – which they won 14-3 – helped Samoa to victory, and Williams was delighted with that spell of the game.
“To be honest in that second quarter I had no idea what the score was, and I thought we were down – that’s the intensity we needed to play with!
“I didn’t know we’d blown out the lead, but it’s always hard coming out in the second half knowing you’ve got that lead and knowing they’re going to come back. So it took a bit of composure and thank goodness we got the win!”
Samoa’s 13th-place finish was the best they could have hoped for after finishing bottom of Group D.
Of their overall performance in the tournament, Williams added:
“We’re still disappointed it didn’t go our way. We came here hoping for top eight, but unfortunately the draw didn’t allow for the bottom eight teams to battle that out.
“But we finished with four wins and we finished on a high, and 13th was the best we could get, so I’m proud of the girls for that.”