WBKB: FDU-Florham’s Williams posting BIG Numbers

FDU-Florham sophomore Kendrea Williams is leading the nation in scoring with a 25.4 point per game average (FDU-Florham Athletics photo)

For the second time this season, FDU-Florham sophomore Kendrea Williams set a school-record, this time during a 94-66 thrashing of Hartwick.

Just 12 days after setting the school-record with nine three-pointers in a game against Drew, the sharp-shooting guard set the new school-standard with 45 points. She matched the nine three’s while shooting a blistering 15-of-22 from the field, including 9-of-15 from behind the arc.

“Best shooting performance I have ever seen,” said Head Coach Marc Mitchell.

The Piscataway, N.J. native outscored the entire Hartwick team 33-31 in the opening half of play as the Devils never trailed in the contest.

The 45 points scored are the most ever in the John Long Center, male or female. It was an all-around offensive display by the Devils as junior Bria Smith notched her third double-double of the season, scoring 11 points while pulling down 15 rebounds and classmate Raven Dowling chipped in 10 assists and seven boards. Gabrielle Harris added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists.

In the victory over neighboring Drew, along with setting the school-record for treys, Williams closed out the game with 36 points on 12-of-25 shooting from the floor and 9-of-20 from long range. She had broken the previous record of seven three-pointers, which she eclipsed three times along with former standout Leigh Ann Lively.

In just 31 minutes of action in a win over Centenary, the sophomore totaled 27 points on 40-percent shooting, including seven more 3-pointers. She added three steals and two assists in the win.

Williams is currently tops in all of D3 in scoring, averaging 25.4 points per game and second in the nation with an average of 4.78 treys per contest.

Coach Mitchell credits Williams’ competitiveness for much of her success, “Kendrea is one of the most competitive players I have ever coached.” said Mitchell. “She hates to lose way more than she loves to win! Always searching/seeking ways to improve her game!”

And with the showing on the court, the accolades have followed.

Having already placed the 2016-2017 ECAC Rookie of the Year hardware in her trophy case, Williams has continued to accumulate honors into her sophomore campaign. She was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom women’s basketball Player of the Week for the second straight week, along with being tabbed the ECAC Metro Division Player of the Week after averaging 31.5 points, two rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game during the stretch.

Williams finished the week shooting 44-percent (22-of-55) from the field, 40-percent (16-of-40) from behind the arc and totaled 63 points.

The Devils, are now sitting at 5-4 on the season and will be back in action on December 28th when take on Mount Saint Vincent in the Lehman College Tournament at 2 p.m.

SOURCES: FDU-Florham Athletics Press Releases

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