ST. LOUIS – Alaska Anchorage senior Autummn Williams has been named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s NCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball National Player of the Week, adding the honor alongside her Great Northwest Athletic Conference award.
The 5-10 forward totaled 65 points on 60 percent shooting, nine rebounds, eight assists, seven steals and just four turnovers in a team-high 67 minutes, helping UAA beat Northwest Nazarene 78-70 and Central Washington 69-48, and becoming the first Seawolf in the GNAC era (since 2001-02) to score at least 30 points in back-to-back games.
Williams’s national weekly honor is the first for a Seawolf women’s player in the GNAC era, and she is the first player since 2008-09 and just the third in GNAC history to earn four league player-of-the-week honors in the same season.
On Thursday, the Rochester, N.Y., native scored a career-high 34 points on 14-of-23 shooting, dished three assists and snagged five steals to power 2nd-ranked UAA to its biggest comeback of the season, erasing a 45-35 second-quarter deficit against the Crusaders in Idaho.
On Saturday in Ellensburg, Williams poured in 31 points on 11-of-19 accuracy, plus five assists and five rebounds to help UAA to its 19th straight win, along with program-record streaks 19 straight road wins and 16 consecutive league road wins.
A one-year transfer from Div. I Little Rock, Williams ranks third in the GNAC and 10th nationally in scoring with 21.0 points per game – on pace for the third-highest average in Seawolf history.
The Seawolves (23-1, 16-0 GNAC) return home this week for their final regular-season games at the Alaska Airlines Center, starting with Thursday’s 7 p.m. ‘Play4Kay’ contest vs. Saint Martin’s. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and donate to the fight against women’s cancers.
On Saturday, UAA will honor its seniors in pregame ceremonies prior to a special 5 p.m. tip time against longtime rival Seattle Pacific.
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