Melissa Williams Named Big Sky Co-Player Of The Week
Ogden, Utah – After recording a pair of double-doubles in Eastern's wins over the Montana schools last week, junior Melissa Williams has been named the Big Sky Conference's Co-Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday, Feb. 10.
Williams shares the weekly honor with Southern Utah's Lori Parkinson.
"I'm very excited for Melissa for earning Big Sky Co-Player of the Week honors," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "She stepped up big for us on the glass, and it was nice to see her get going offensively, as well. Her play was a big factor in terms of giving us that inside-outside presence that we need to be successful on the offensive end."
Williams averaged 11.0 points and 10.5 rebounds for the week as Eastern swept the weekend series from the Montana schools for just the seventh time in program history, shooting 62.5 percent (10-16) from the field. She now has three straight games with double-digit rebounds and currently ranks 12th in the conference in rebounding with an average of 6.0 boards per game.
The Camas native went for 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the Eagles' 81-66 victory over Montana State on Thursday, Feb. 6, helping EWU outrebound the Bobcats, 42-29, while limiting MSU to just 10 offensive boards. She connected on five of her nine shots versus Montana State and chipped in a pair of steals.
Against Montana on Saturday, Feb. 8, Williams notched 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, shooting 5-of-7 from the field, including a buzzer-beating put-back to give Eastern a 10-point lead at the half. She also picked up two steals and a block against the Lady Griz.
Williams did most of her damage in the painted area as Eastern outscored its opponents in the paint in both contests.
Williams is the second Eastern player to receive weekly honors from the Big Sky after senior Aubrey Ashenfelter was named the Big Sky Co-Player of the Week back on Dec. 16, 2013.
Eastern (11-10, 7-5 Big Sky) is on the road this weekend, taking on Sacramento State and Northern Arizona in a pair of league counters.