SAN ANTONIO - Another elite honor rolled in for Kiana Williams, as the senior became the 12th player in program history to be named an All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), announced Saturday.
Williams was named to the 10-woman list for the first time in her career after being named an honorable mention last year. Williams has already earned second-team All-America from the USBWA and third-team All-America by the Associated Press this season.
Williams leads the team with averages of 14.3 points and 3.1 assists per game and has again proven herself as the heartbeat of Stanford's success. Her 81 made 3-pointers this season lead the Cardinal and the Pac-12 Conference and rank seventh nationally. She recently broke Candice Wiggins' program record for 3-pointers at Stanford, now boasting 310 in her career. Williams has solidified her name as one of the program's all-time great players, also breaking into the top-10 in career scoring (1,829 points). She has scored in double figures in 26 of Stanford's 32 games and was named both the Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, featuring performances of 20 and 26 points in the semifinals and championship game, and Alamo Region Most Outstanding Player. 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 461 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 83.3% 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 18-0 this season when Williams hits at least two 3-pointers. Consistently regarded as the key to the team by VanDerveer, Williams has made 127 consecutive starts for the Cardinal.
Stanford plays Arizona on Sunday in the national championship at 3 p.m. PST on ESPN.