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Player of the Week - No. 4

January 24, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amber Williams of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Division I Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Williams was selected based on her performances from Jan. 16 – 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings. The weekly honor marks the second of the season for Williams, who was also named National Player of the Week on Jan. 3.

Williams continues to assert herself as one of the nation’s top frontcourt players. She dominated in each of No. 13 Azusa Pacific’s two wins last week, averaging 25.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in those contests. She posted her third 30-point game of the season in a 59-42 win over Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) on Jan. 17, as she went for 30 points and 19 rebounds. She followed that up with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 94-60 blowout of San Diego Christian (Calif.) on Jan. 20. On the week, she made 19 of 23 (.826) free throw attempts. She now has 12 double-doubles on the season.

The 6-foot senior center from Claremont, Calif., appears in the top five in the NAIA in both rebounding and scoring. Her mark of 13.4 rebounds per game is second and her scoring average of 20.2 points per game ranks fourth nationally. She also leads the Cougars with 1.2 blocks per game.

For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Jan. 31.

Nominees: Katie Potter, Peru State (Neb.); Octavia Mullins, Texas Wesleyan ; Jana Roney, Bethel (Tenn.); Mandy Machinal, Montana Tech; Ashley Rainey, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Jasmine Brewer, Loyola (La.); Casey Davis, Roosevelt (Ill.); Ashley Wilson, Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.); Ariel Mitchell, Dillard (La.); Emily Atkins, Lubbock Christian (Texas).

2011 Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1: Amber Williams, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)
Week 2: Keiva Council, Loyola (La.)
Week 3: Natalie Shumpert, Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Week 4: Amber Williams, Azusa Pacific (Calif.)