Illinois' Williams and Michigan State's Haynie Share Player of the Week Honors

Michigan State's Kristin Haynie shares Player of the Week honors with Illinois' Angelina Williams.

Michigan State's Kristin Haynie shares Player of the Week honors with Illinois' Angelina Williams.

Dec. 27, 2004

Kristin Haynie, Michigan State
5-8, SR, G, Mason, Mich./Mason

Haynie nearly had a triple-double in only 27 minutes of action versus Vermont last week, totaling 13 points, nine assists and eight rebounds while adding four steals. Haynie, who leads the Big Ten in steals, dished out a season-high nine assists, which moved her into second in the League in that category.

Haynie continues to be the only player in the Big Ten listed among the league leaders in scoring (23rd - 11.8), rebounding (tied for 12th - 6.6), assists (second - 5.11), steals (first - 4.11), field goal percentage (16th - .494), free throw percentage (seventh - .880) and assist/turnover ratio (third - 2.30).

This is the first career Big Ten Player of the Week selection for Haynie.  She is the second Spartan to claim the weekly honor this season as Lindsay Bowen earned the accolade on December 6.

Angelina Williams, Illinois
6-0, SR, F, Chicago, Ill./George Washington

Williams came up huge for the second straight game as the Illini came back from a 15-point first half deficit to beat Illinois State, 82-72. She scored a game-high 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting, 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 5-of-5 from the line. She also added eight rebounds, a career-high five blocks, four assists and one steal in the victory.  In the last two games (Illinois State and No. 16 UCLA), Williams is averaging 28.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.0 bpg and 2.0 spg and has shot .500 (20-40) from the field, .455 (5-11) from the perimeter and .909 (10-11) from the line.  Williams is currently tied for second in the Big Ten in scoring and has eclipsed 20 points on four occasions this year.

This is Williams' second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor as she earned the accolade on December 30, 2002.  She is the first Illinois player to earn the award since Tiffanie Guthrie on February 9, 2004.