Ashley Williams Named Co-A-Sun Player of the Week

Feb. 27, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore forward Ashley Williams was named co-Atlantic Sun Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Dolphins to a 2-1 record, including a win over North Florida in the program's first televised contest at Swisher Gymnasium. Williams becomes the program's first two-time winner after receiving the honor on Feb. 6.

"Ashley has been carrying us all year long and now she is starting to get more recognition due to our team's success," said JU head coach Jill Dunn. "She is very deserving of this recognition and I hope there is more to come."

Against North Florida, Williams finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals as the Dolphins defeated their cross-town rivals, 56-51.

Against Lipscomb, she continued her stellar play with a game-high 22 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals to lead the squad to a 78-46 win over the Lady Bison. JU tied a program record for margin of victory (32) and Williams set a new program record for points in a season (408) on a jumper to open the second half.

Against Belmont, Williams finished with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor with five rebounds and two blocks before fouling out with 57 seconds left in the contest.

For the week, Williams averaged 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.3 steals. She has now scored 20 points or more on 10 occasions this year and also leads the squad with six double-doubles.

In A-Sun play, Williams ranks fourth in scoring (17.5 ppg), second in blocked shots (2.33) and fourth in field-goal percentage (.553) and free-throw percentage (.821). Overall in the conference, she is fifth in scoring (17.3 ppg), second in field-goal percentage (.565) and blocks (2.05 bpg), third in free-throw percentage (.795) and fifth in rebounds (7.8 rpg).

JU (9-16, 6-12) will be in search of its second A-Sun Tournament bid and double-digit win total in program history as the Dolphins face Mercer on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the University Center.