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Amber Williams and Briana Hall helped No. 12 Azusa pacific to an upset win over No. 5 Westmont on Saturday.

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Published
February 28, 2012
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- After the NAIA’s 12the ranked Azusa Pacific secured the GSAC tournament’s No. 2 seed with a win over No. 5 Westmont, the Cougars had two players honored on the all-GSAC team. Briana Hall earned her third all-GSAC honor, while Amber Williams secured her spot with a breakout senior season.

"Both Briana and Amber have been in the program for four years. For them to make this shows that hard work pays off. They’ve represented us and the school really well," said head coach T.J. Hardeman.

BRIANA HALL: PPG-15.6, APG-5.9, SPG-2.41

Hall, who is the Cougars’ all-time assist leader (666), finished 6th in the conference in scoring (15.6 points per game), 2nd in assists (5.9), 4th in steals (2.41), and 3rd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82); she was just one of two players in the league to rank in the top-10 in all four categories. The four-year starter closed the regular season with a bang, registering a career-best 31 points while dishing out nine assists in the win over GSAC champion Westmont to earn GSAC Player of the Week honors. She is the only player in Azusa Pacific history to record over 600 assists and 1,500 points, and is No. 8 on the school’s all-time scoring list.

“Briana is a phenomenal player. Only her unselfishness kept her from winning more awards. She’s set up other people up and makes our team what it is. She gets the ball to people at the right place, right time,” said Hardeman. “This week we asked her to score and we needed that. It’s been nice to see but it’s not a surprise because she’s such a quality player."

AMBER WILLIAMS: PPG-19.0, RPG-13.3, Blocks-35

Williams, who was twice named NAIA Player of the Week and received GSAC Player of the Week three times, put together one of the most impressive seasons in Azusa Pacific history. She posted 20 double-doubles while registering four 20-rebound games (the program had a combined four coming into this season), including a school record 22-rebound performance in the Cougars’ win over Hope International. She is the first player to average a double-double in over two decades and is just eight boards away from reaching the program’s single-season record of 380, set back in 1986 by Cindy DeYoung. She ended the season as the GSAC’s No. 1 rebounder (13.3) to help the team to the conference’s best rebounding disparity (+13.3). Williams also made her mark on the offensive end, scoring a career-high 33 points against Fresno Pacific while closing the season as the GSAC’s No. 2 scorer (19.0). She also became the program’s 23rd member of the 1,000 point club in the Cougars win over Point Loma Nazarene.

"Amber started off the year strong and has been consistently our go-to player. She consistently scored, rebounded, and anchored our team in the middle. We needed that,” said Hardeman.

GSAC Scholar Athletes

Rebecca Roehrkasse and Jasmyn Reed each earned GSAC Scholar Athlete recognition for their work in the classroom. The pair of forwards were vital in Azusa Pacific’s second place finish in the conference, averaging a combined 10.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

For a complete list of the GSAC women’s basketball awards Click Here.

GSAC Postseason Tournament

Azusa Pacific opens GSAC Tournament play with a first-round home game against Fresno Pacific on Wednesday, February 29, at 7:30 p.m. The GSAC has announced the ticket prices for GSAC Tournament games, and they are as follows:

Students - $6

Seniors (62 and older) $8

Adults - $10

Faculty & Staff - $10

The first 50 Azusa Pacific students through the doors of the Felix Event Center Wednesday night will be admitted free, courtesy of the Azusa Pacific Athletics Department.