Select Company: Mikayla Williams Named to WBCA Coaches' All-America Team
ATLANTA — University of California San Diego junior forward Mikayla Williams has been named Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association (WBCA) All-America First Team, the association announced on Monday.
The award was voted upon by a committee of WBCA member coaches in Division II.
“The 10 members of the 2019 WBCA NCAA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their accomplishments this season,” said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. “These young women have worked to elevate themselves and their teams to an elite level and through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have lifted the women’s game.”
Williams becomes the seventh All-American in UC San Diego history and the fourth first-team selection all-time. Dalayna Sampton earned All-America Honorable Mention in 2017-18, while Farrah Shokoor was the last Triton to earn All-America First-Team accolades in 2015-16.
"It's a tremendous honor and very deserving," said UC San Diego head coach Heidi VanDerveer. "It highlights (Williams') growth as a player due to her hard work and the success of our team.
"Hard work pays off and I'm very happy for her."
Williams finished the season averaging a team-high 19.3 points per game, which also led the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and ranks 24th in the nation. In addition, Williams averaged 10.5 rebounds with 16 double-doubles while shooting a CCAA-best .549 percent from the field and .809 percent from the free-throw line.
A native of Meath Park, Sask., Canada, Williams has already been named to the D2CCA All-America First Team, D2CCA West Region Player of the Year, Google Cloud Academic All-America First Team, CCAA Player of the Year, CCAA Tournament MVP and was named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team. The junior forward also eclipsed 1,000-career points in January and has now scored 1,349 for her career.
Williams led the Tritons to a 30-1 overall record, including a program-best 30-game winning streak to begin the season. UC San Diego won the CCAA Tournament championship for the second time in program history and advanced to the NCAA West Region Semifinals for the second-consecutive year.
2019 WBCA NCAA Division II Coaches’ First-Team All-Americans:
Seairra Barrett, California University of Pennsylvania
Marissa Brown, West Liberty University
Hailey Diestelkamp*, Drury University
Camille Giardina, Florida Southern College
Lexy Hightower, West Texas A&M University
Jessica Kelliher, Lewis University
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson University
Hailey Tucker, Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Dana Watts, American International College
Mikayla Williams, University of California - San Diego
*- WBCA Division II Player of the Year
About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.
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