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ODAC Recognizes Williams for a Seventh Time After Breaking Program Record

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Kelly Williams
Player of the week

FOREST, Va. – The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has named sophomore Kelly Williams (Garysburg, N.C./Halifax Academy) as its Player of the Week for the week ending on February 12. It's Williams' seventh time being recognized by the ODAC this season and her 11th overall career honor. Williams is Randolph-Macon's most decorated Player of the Week and set a program record for points scored in a single game over the weekend. 

In a 98-79 win over Bridgewater last Tuesday, Williams put up 27 points and collected 20 rebounds while adding five blocks and five assists. She shot 11-15 from the floor in a game where R-MC shot 58% overall.

In a 98-82 loss at Guilford, Williams set a new career-high for herself as well as a program-high for Randolph-Macon Women's Basketball, scoring 45 points while hauling in 12 rebounds and five blocks.

It was the third time this season Williams had broken her own career-high marker. She opened the season against #14 Marymount on November 15 with 34 points, breaking her freshman year high of 30. Then, against Shenandoah on January 2, Williams scored 38 points, which remained the program's pinnacle until Williams broke it again this weekend, scoring 45 against the Quakers. Her 45 points now stands alone as the program record for points scored in a game, topping her own 38 and the 38 points Renee Zando scored against Bridgewater on February 12, 1998. Williams' 45 points is the most by any Division III Women's Basketball player this season and is the best scoring performance by any ODAC player in 12 seasons. 

Williams is the national leader for points scored per game, averaging 26.1 ppg – more than two full points better than the second-leading scorer in Division III (Clarissa Perez, La Verne, 23.6 PPG). She is also the nation's leading blocker (4.1 per game) and hauls in the second most rebounds of any player in Division III (18.4 per game).

The Yellow Jackets return to the court tomorrow against the ODAC's top squad, Lynchburg, at 7:00 PM in Crenshaw Gymnasium. The game will mark the team's Senior Day as well as Play4Kay game, which honors locally-based childhood cancer research fundraising organization ReeseStrong.