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Williams does it all for the Pioneers

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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For the second straight year, Oak Ridge High 2009 graduate Kristina Williams was named Lewis & Clark College?s Female Athlete of the Year. Williams earned the award along with Emily Thomas, who starred in cross country and track and field. Starting 27 of the team?s 29 basketball games, Williams averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists per game. She led the team in scoring and was second on the team in rebounding and assists. She shot 42 percent from the field, 40 percent from the three-point line and 81 percent from the foul line. ?I feel as though I did pretty well,? Williams said. ?I averaged one less point than I did last year, but my field goal percentage and three-point percent went up by a good amount so that?s good to be scoring more, while shooting less.? Williams? coach, Juli Fulks, was glad Williams received the award. ?For three years, Kristina has been a key contributor to our team success and rise in national prominence,? Fulks said. ?This past season she continued to lead us in several statistical categories and embraced the nightly challenges we placed on her both offensively and defensively. We expected her to be a key contributor on offense, while also being able to defend and rebound on the other end of the court. Additionally, she pushed herself and our team every day in practice to compete and never be satisfied with our current success. Kristina?s success is directly tied to her work ethic during the season and off-season, as she has pushed herself personally to reach her full capabilities and not recognize limits.? Williams had a great season and the team did as well. The Pioneers went 25-4 on the year, making the NCAA tournament for the second straight year and winning the program?s first tournament game. ?It?s really cool to get the award and what makes it even better is that it came within the success of the team,? Williams said. ?Also, to win it along with Emily Thomas was great too because she had a phenomenal season, setting five school records during the season. It felt good that they couldn?t choose between the two of us.? With her senior year coming up, Williams said she?s ready to work hard this offseason to improve even more. ?I want to improve on a lot of things,? Williams said. ?I would like to work on shooting off the dribble and I would still like to improve my three-point shooting. Mainly I want to get a ton of reps in because I feel like when I?m not shooting I lose my shot. I also want to work on my physical strength and conditioning. Last year I worked on my speed and strength and it helped me a lot this year on defense.?