ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Frank Schettino of the College of Staten Island (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Kelly Williamsof Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending January 8.
Schettino, a 5-11 senior guard from Staten Island, averaged a triple-double in the Dolphins’ (8-6) two victories last week. On Wednesday against Baruch, he totaled 21 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists, and four steals in Staten Island’s 77-68 victory. On Friday against Medgar Evers, Schettino had 18 points, 12 rebounds, 17 assists, and three steals in an 83-65 victory. For the week, he averaged 19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 15.0 assists, and 3.5 steals. The 17 assists against Medgar Evers represents the highest total of any player this season at any NCAA division. Schettino, who was also selected the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MWBA) Player of the Week, currently leads Division III with 8.6 assists per game.
Williams, a 6-3 freshman forward from Garysburg, N.C., averaged a double-double in the Yellow Jackets’ (8-4) two victories last week. In an 81-54 win over Bridgewater on Tuesday, she scored 20 points (9-of-14 FG) and pulled down 16 rebounds to go with a career-high six blocks, two steals and an assist in only 27 minutes. On Saturday, in a 62-58 victory over Emory & Henry, Williams scored a career-high 25 points (8-of-12 FG), including the go-ahead layup with 1:20 remaining, while adding 13 rebounds, four blocks and two steals. For the week, she averaged 22.5 points, 14.5 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 2.0 steals, and 0.5 assists while shooting 65.4 percent (17-of-26) from the field. Williams, who was also named the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Player of the Week, now has nine double-doubles this season, tied for sixth in Division III.
Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the third season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.
(Photo Courtesy of Joel Klein)
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