UF's Tamia Williams Named Women's Hoops SEC Co-Player of the Week

Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 4:50 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 4:50 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After helping Florida race out to a 2-0 start in

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Tamia Williams and the rest of the UF women's basketball team will take on LSU at 6:30 pm on Thursday.


Southeastern Conference games for the first time since 2000-01, senior Tamia Williams was named the SEC Co-Player of

the Week, the league announced Monday. Tennessee's Alexis Hornbuckle also was recognized.

This is the first time in her career Williams has been honored with

the conference's weekly award.

Williams, a 6-foot forward, tallied back-to-back 20-point performances for the first time in her career, helping the Gators defeat Arkansas and Auburn last week, when she averaged 22.5 points, shooting 55.6 percent (15-27) from the floor, including a 55.3 percent (8-15) mark from the three-point arc.

She also hit 7-of-8 free throws, all which came during the closing minutes of both tight ball games.

Against Arkansas on January 6, Williams tied her career-high of 23

points, hitting 5-of-6 free throws in the final 1:36 to seal the win.

Against Auburn January 9, Williams scored eight straight points during a one minute, 31 second span with under five minutes remaining when the lead changed hands three times.

She first hit a driving acrobatic layup with 4:07 on the clock to give UF a 51-51 lead, but Auburn hit a trey on its ensuing possession to give the lead back to the Tigers.

Williams then canned back-to-back three-pointers, the first one with

3:25 remaining that brought the season-high crowd to its feet, to give

the Gators a 55-54 advantage and the lead for good.

The Gators enter this week's action sporting a five-game winning

streak, during which Williams has been UF's leading scorer in each of the last four.

Through 15 games this season she has 178 points (11.9 per game), already surpassing any of her other three year's season


Williams and her UF teammates return to action on Thursday, when the Gators play host to nationally ranked LSU in the O'Connell Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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