STANFORD, Calif. - A pair of Cardinal earned All-America honors from the Associated Press on Wednesday, as senior Kiana Williams was named to the third team, and sophomore Haley Jones was an honorable mention.
This is the second national postseason award for Williams by the Associated Press, as she earned honorable mention accolades as a junior, and the first for Jones.
Leading the team with averages of 14.3 points and 2.9 assists per game, Williams again has proven herself as the heartbeat of Stanford's success. Her 65 made 3-pointers this season lead the Cardinal and the Pac-12 Conference and rank 18th nationally. She is just one 3-pointer away from tying Candice Wiggins' program record of 285 career 3-pointers at Stanford. Williams has solidified her name as one of the program's all-time great players, recently breaking into the top-10 in career scoring (1,758 points). She has scored in double figures in 22 of Stanford's 27 games and was named the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, featuring performances of 20 and 26 points in the semifinals and championship game. Her 206 career points at the Pac-12 Tournament rank fourth all-time in conference history, behind Sabrina Ionescu, Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike. Williams also recently broke into Stanford's top-10 list for career assists, dishing 442 with the Cardinal, good for ninth all-time. She is second in program history in career free throw percentage, converting from the line at an 83.6% clip. Williams has made the fourth-most 3-pointers of any player in the nation since the beginning of her freshman season.
Her season-best performance in points this season came at USC, as Williams dropped 27 points in Los Angeles, tying a career-best with seven made 3-pointers. She nearly surpassed that with 26 points against UCLA in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, going 6-of-7 from deep. Stanford is 16-0 this season when Williams hits at least two 3-pointers. Consistently regarded as the key to the team by VanDerveer, Williams has made 122 consecutive starts for the Cardinal.
Returning from a season-ending injury as a freshman, Haley Jones has made a splash for the Cardinal as a sophomore, living up to her billing as the No. 1 recruit from the Class of 2019. For the majority of the year, Jones led the Cardinal in scoring, rebounding and assists, the only player in the Pac-12, and one of four in the Power 5, to do so. Jones still leads Stanford in rebounding, averaging 7.7 per game, and ranks second with 13.0 points per game and a total of 73 assists, just behind Williams in both categories. Her shooting percentage of 53.3 percent is the second-best in the conference and ranks 31st nationally. Earlier in the season, Jones shot 14-of-15 from the floor against Washington, the best shooting percentage in a single-game for a Stanford player since 1981. Jones leads Stanford with seven double-doubles this year, including two at the Pac-12 Tournament, and has scored in double figures 19 times, with nine double figure rebounding performances. She ranks third on the team with 20 blocks and has the most defensive rebounds (152) of any player in the league.
The No. 1 overall seed Cardinal commences play in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, March 21 at 7 p.m. PST vs. Utah Valley on ESPN.