Georgia Tech's Montgomery & Miami's Williams Share ACC Women's Basketball Accolades

Dec. 27, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Georgia Tech senior guard/forward Alex Montgomery and Miami junior guard Riquna Williams share this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the period ending Dec. 26. Meanwhile, freshman forward Kody Burke of NC State picked up ACC Rookie of the Week accolades, voted on by the league's "Blue Ribbon Panel."

The panel, consisting of national and local media members, as well as school representatives, will also vote on the league's postseason All-Conference teams for the 2010-11 season.

The weekly award marks the second ACC Player of the Week honor for Montgomery in her career, while the honor is the fourth for Williams, who collected the honor twice last season and on Dec. 13, 2010, and is just the 11th time a Miami student-athlete has won the ACC Player of the Week accolade since the Canes' joined the league in 2004.

Montgomery led the team in points (17.0 ppg), rebounds (8.5 rpg) and steals (3.0 spg) en route to a 2-0 finish last week. The senior, returning to her home state of Washington, converted on nearly 62 percent of field goals and 73 percent of three-point field goal attempted. She shot at least 50 percent from the field in each game, leading the Yellow Jackets to wins in the Pacific Northwest, playing in front of numerous family and friends. At Portland State, Montgomery finished with 14 points and game-best nine rebounds, while only playing 22 minutes. At Washington, the senior scored nine of Tech's first 10 points and went on to post game-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds.

Williams led Miami with a season-high-tying 28 points at Ole Miss on Tuesday. The Hurricanes posted a 82-46 win thanks to Williams' lead, giving UM a 36-point margin of victory - the largest-ever against a BCS opponent on the road and the most in any game since an 80-43 win at home against St. John's on Feb. 14, 2001. The junior from Pahokee, Fla., currently leads the ACC in scoring at 20.3 points per game and is the only player in the league to average over 20 points per game.

Burke also had a nice showing back in her home state by helping NC State to a pair of wins last week at the Beach Classic in Long Beach, Calif. The rookie from Northridge averaged a double-double with 10.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She shot 56.3 percent from the field and also had five blocks over the two games. Burke registered her first collegiate double-double performance with 11 points and a season-high 13 rebounds in an 86-60 win over Florida A&M, and followed that up with 10 points and eight boards in the 92-72 win over the host Long Beach State 49ers.

ACC women's basketball action continues tomorrow as seven league teams compete in nonconference action, including three programs' hosting holiday tournaments. For more information on ACC Women's Basketball, visit the league's official website www.TheACC.com.