Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams has been suspended 10 games without pay because of a domestic violence incident, the WNBA announced Tuesday.
Williams was arrested on April 29 on two felony charges, including an assault of her former girlfriend on Dec. 6 in Pahokee, Fla. Sports Illustrated reported via the police report that Williams struck her ex-girlfriend several times in the head with a closed fist and pulled out her hair.
Williams, 29, also was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, later retrieving a gun from her car after the fight was broken up by a man who was at the residence.
She pleaded not guilty to both charges, and the case is ongoing.
The WNBA conducted an internal investigation, including interviews with Williams and several witnesses, according to a press release. The league said it also consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence before determining its 10-game suspension.
The WNBA will require Williams to participate in counseling.
The league plays 34 regular-season games, so the suspension amounts to 29.4 percent of the season, the equivalent of about five regular-season games in the NFL, 48 games in MLB and 24 games for the NBA and NHL.
Williams is averaging 11.5 points in 15 games (six starts) for the Sparks. She spent four seasons with the Tulsa Shock (2012-15) and has been with Los Angeles since 2017.
Her suspension will begin with Thursday's game against the Dallas Wings.
The WNBA's Seattle Storm said Saturday they are investigating an accusation of domestic abuse from the wife of All-Star forward Natasha Howard.
--Field Level Media