PORTLAND, Ore. — Her final swan song was a game-high 27 points for Lewis & Clark College in its NCAA Division III Tournament loss to end the season but Kristina Williams’ legacy at the Oregon campus will endure long after she graduates.
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Williams, a former Oak Ridge Lady Trojan, enjoyed a stellar 4-year career as a Pioneer. She departs the program a two-time Northwest Conference Player of the Year (2013, 2011), its all-time scoring leader since the team transitioned to the NCAA, and a NWC three-time First Team selection.
“Kristina leaves as one of the most highly decorated athletes — men or women’s sport — in school history,” said Lewis & Clark head coach Juli Fulks.
In Williams’ four years, Lewis & Clark teams went 87-25 including back-to-back 25-4 seasons. In that time, the Pioneers were 52-13 in league. Her two Player-of-the-Year awards coincides with the two league titles Lewis & Clark won during Williams’ stay.
“She was a big part of that. She came in during my sixth year and we were sitting around the top of the conference but with Kristina we were a much better team,” Fulks said. “She was at the top of our list (recruiting) and we did everything we could to get her (here).”
Williams averaged 16 points per game for her collegiate career. As a senior, she led the team in scoring average (18.4), field goal attempts per game (13.6), field goals (174), field goal percentage (.442), free throw attempts (203), free throws made (153), rebounds (244), blocked shots (28) and minutes played (896).
“Kristina improved a lot in four years and really developed as a senior in terms of explosiveness, getting to the rim and being a complete player,” Fulks said. “I attribute that to the off-the-court work she’s put in and her high school program that taught her to work hard. She’s one of the few players I’ve coached who set summer goals to get better in aspects of her game and then did so to a high degree.
“She’s been one of our strong leaders, super-competitive and always showed up for games. Kristina elevated the standard (here) of what a player can expect from themselves because she set a very high standard,” Fulks added.
Other awards bestowed upon Williams this year were: D3hoops.com All American First Team; D3Hoops.com West Region First Team; and WBCA Division III Coaches All American Team.
At Oak Ridge, Williams played alongside former All Metro Player of the Year Sara James. Up north, she enjoyed the sole spotlight and hit the ground running with a 20-point debut against Evergreen State. Her career high was 33 against Concordia, Texas, in 2012.
In this year’s opener, Williams played against former El Dorado Cougar Sarah Mackey. Williams bucketed a game-high 29 points in the Pioneer’s 76-58 victory with Mackey netting 17.
Williams enjoyed two strong varsity seasons for the Trojans. As a junior, Williams averaged 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. In her season year, Williams pumped in 12.1 points per game and grabbed 5.5 rebounds as Oak Ridge went to the NorCal finals.
She was twice First Team All League; Third Team All Metro as a senior; section champion; and Optimist Game MVP.