Williams adds national honors after career weekend
PULLMAN, Wash. - Following a historic weekend inside Beasley Coliseum, sophomore Noah Williams added a pair of national honors to his trophy shelf after being named the NCAA March Madness and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's (USBWA) Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. The weekly awards came alongside of the sophomore's first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award after leading the Cougars to a weekend sweep of the Bay Area schools behind a record-setting scoring performance on the court.
Williams becomes just the third Cougar men's player to earn the USBWA's top weekly honor and the fourth overall Coug joining the women's freshman phenom, Charlisse Leger-Walker, as Cougs to take home a national weekly award this season. Williams joins Robert Franks (Feb. 10, 2019) and Faisal Aden (Jan. 22, 2012) on the elite list of Cougar men to have been selected for the award.
The stellar sophomore put together one of the most epic scoring weekends in program history scoring a combined 72 points, the most by a Coug over a weekend series surpassing Bennie Seltzer's record of 68 set in 1993. He became just the fifth Coug all-time to score 30+ points in back-to-back games and the first since Seltzer. After scoring a then career-high 32 points against Cal Thursday, Williams beat his own mark with a 40-point effort against the Cardinal Saturday, the first 40+ point performance for a Coug since the legend Klay Thompson's 43-point performance in 2011. His 40 points were the most points scored by a Pac-12 player this season and the most scored in a conference game since 2016.
Williams leads the Cougs into Tucson, Thursday, Feb. 25, to take on the Wildcats in a rematch of their wild double-ot thriller from earlier January.