Williams Selected Kodak District VIII All-American for Second Time in Career

March 4, 2002

ATLANTA, Ga. - University of Oregon junior women's basketball player Shaquala Williams earned Kodak District VIII All-America honors Monday, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced.

Williams, a 5-foot-6 guard from Portland, Ore., ranked second in the Pac-10 Conference in scoring with 17.7 points per game and ranks first on the Ducks (17-13) with 4.1 assists per game. She has established single-season career-highs for field-goal percentage (.440), free-throw percentage (.911 - a Pac-10 record if the season ended today), and 3-point percentage (.321).

It marked the second time in Williams' three-year career she has achieved the honor, which has only been accomplished by one other player in Oregon history - current Ducks coach Bev Smith in 1981 and 1982.

Williams joins Nicole Powell (Stanford), Lindsey Yamasaki (Stanford), Felicia Ragland (Oregon State), Kayte Christensen (UC Santa Barbara) and Jerkisha Dosty (St. Mary's) on the coveted team. Players from the Pac-10, West Coast and Big West conferences are eligible.

Williams, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1998 and its Player of the Year in 1999, sat out last season after tearing her ACL in September 2000. She was voted to the All-Pac-10 team for the third time in her career last week and ranks eighth in school history with 1,394 points, sixth with 342 assists and first with an 84 percent mark from the foul line.

There are 48 finalists - voted on by WBCA member coaches in each of its eight geographical districts - who are in the running for selection to the 10-member Kodak All-America Team, which will be announced in late March at the Final Four. Smith is the only Oregon player to have made the prestigious team.

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