Mill Creek grad Williams up for NCAA Woman of the Year

Limestone College senior women's basketball player Tia Williams, a Mill Creek grad, has been chosen as one of two Conference Carolinas nominees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year Award as announced by the league's office this week.

Williams is only the second Limestone student-athlete to be nominated for the prestigious award.

"I am so very proud of Tia and her nomination," Limestone head coach Corey Fox said. "It has been my honor and privilege to coach Tia throughout her career and I have enjoyed watching her grow into the wonderful young lady that she is. Tia exemplifies the strong moral character, discipline and commitment necessary to be a successful student-athlete and there is no doubt that she is very deserving of this honor."

Williams guided the Saints to their best season in program history during the 2012-13 campaign, wrapping up the year with a No. 10 final ranking in the USA Today Sports Division II Coaches' Poll. The guard got her third straight all-conference selection this past season, earning first-team honors after leading Conference Carolinas with a .898 free throw percentage and 109 steals while ranking seventh in the league with 14.9 points per game. She finished fifth in the nation in free throw percentage and was 11th in the NCAA with 3.52 steals per game. She ranks in the top 10 of every career statistical category in Limestone women's basketball history and set the school record with her 119th consecutive start in the NCAA Southeast Regional Final against Clayton State.

Off the court, Williams is a two-time Academic All-Conference Carolinas selection and was named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll seven times during her time at Limestone. She has also been very active in the community, volunteering time for the Limestone C.A.R.E.S. initiative, the Gaffney Senior Center, the Boys and Girls Club, and serving on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Leadership Team.