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Kelly Williams Named the USBWA DIII National Player of the Week

Kelly Williams on offense.
Kelly Williams on offense.

St. Louis, Mo. - Freshman women’s basketball player Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./ Halifax Academy) was named the USBWA (US Basketball Writers Association) Division III National Player of the Week for her performances in the past two games. Williams was named the ODAC POTW for the third time this season on Monday.

Each Tuesday, the USBWA selects the men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the third season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

In those two contests, Williams averaged 22.5 points per game, 14.5 rebounds per game and five blocks per game. Williams recorded two more double-doubles as well, improving her tally to nine for the season, the best in the ODAC. She shot 65.4-percent from the field in the two games.

In Tuesday’s 81-54 win over Bridgewater, Williams recorded 20 points, 16 rebounds and a season best six blocks. She added two steals and assists in the game.

Then on Saturday’s come-from-behind victory over Emory & Henry, she put up a season best 25 points and added 13 rebounds, four blocks and two steals.

Williams currently leads the league in offensive rebounds (70), total rebounds (153), rebounds per game (12.8) and points per 40 minutes, where she averages 25.9 points. She is second in the ODAC in blocks with 27, fifth in the ODAC in field goals and field goal percentage and sixth in the league in total points scored.

The Yellow Jackets return to Crenshaw Gym tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on Va. Wesleyan.

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