Williams Named Conference USA Rookie Of The Week
Feb. 15, 2010
IRVING, Texas - University of Memphis sophomore Elliot Williams has been named the Conference USA Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Monday. This is the fifth C-USA weekly honor this season for Williams, as he also received the conference's Rookie of the Week accolade Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and Jan. 11, and the league's Player of the Week honor Dec. 14.
In the Tigers' two games last week, Williams averaged 18.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals. The 6-foot-5 guard also shot 40.9 percent from the floor, 50 percent from the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line.
Williams netted 27 points in the Tigers' road victory at Tulsa Feb. 13. He scored the 27 points on 6-of-14 field goals, 2-of-3 treys and 13-of-15 free throws. The 13 free throws made were a career best, and the Memphis, Tenn., native was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe in the final 1:49 of the contest.
The 6-foot-5 guard's clutch play against Tulsa came immediately after the Golden Hurricane took their first lead of the second half at 52-51 with just under 13 minutes to play. On the ensuing possession, Williams pushed the ball up the court and drove to the basket, hitting the go-ahead layup and drawing Jerome Jordan's third personal foul at the 12:45 mark. Williams converted the three-point play for a Memphis 54-52 advantage, and the Tigers never trailed the remainder of the contest.
In the 76-70 win over UCF Feb. 6, Williams nearly posted a triple-double with 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. His assist on Wesley Witherspoon's dunk with 1:45 left extended a 69-67 Tiger lead to 71-67.
Memphis (18-7, 8-2 C-USA) returns to action Wednesday, Feb. 17 when they travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) in a Conference USA match-up. Game time is 6 p.m. (CT) at Fogelman Arena, and Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS; Comcast channel 6) is televising the contest.