Williams finishes career with All-American honorsBy: Matt Long, Sports Editor
Coming out of Oak Ridge High in 2009, Kristina Williams couldn’t have dreamed she’d have the collegiate basketball career she had.
Williams wrapped up a storied career last month at Lewis & Clark College ranked in the top-five all-time in the school’s history in points scored, rebounds, assists and steals. She finished her senior year averaging 18 points and 8 rebounds and was one of 10 Division III players nationally named an All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. D3Hoops also named her a first-team All-American, one of only five players chosen nationally.
“The WBCA All-American is the one I really wanted because they only choose 10 players in the whole country and it’s voted on by the coaches,” Williams said. “Three days later, I found out about being a D3Hoops All-American. I was really excited to get both. All-American was definitely the biggest goal I set for myself. It just proved to me that all the hard work paid off.”
Williams had great individual success in her four years at Lewis & Clark, including two Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player Awards and being a three-time all-conference first-team all-star, but she also led Lewis & Clark to three straight NCAA Tournament berths, the first three trips in the school’s history.
Three years ago, Williams led Lewis & Clark to its first NCAA playoff berth. The Pioneers lost their first game, but a year later, they won their first NCAA tournament game before being eliminated. This year, the Pioneers won their first-round game again, but fell short of the Sweet-16 for the second straight season with a 66-57 lost to conference rival Whitman. Williams led the team with 27 points in defeat, as the Pioneers finished the season with a 25-4 record.
“It’s not the way I wanted the season to end, in the round of 32 in my senior year, but I had a pretty successful career and was recognized for it and that’s because our team was good.”
Williams, the team’s leading scorer all four years at Lewis & Clark, led to team to a 87-25 record over that span.
Williams will look to extend her basketball career by attending a WNBA combine this weekend in New Orleans. After graduating in May with a degree in Psychology, Williams hopes to have an opportunity to play overseas.
“I’ve contacted an agent if I get the chance to play, I will definitely look into the opportunity,” Williams said.