March 5, 2009
ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has selected Georgia Tech’s Jacqua Williams as the winner of the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, named for and presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant for the WBCA, is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law.
“It is my privilege to present Jacqua with the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award,” WBCA CEO Beth Bass said. “Her hard work and dedication to women’s basketball and academics have not gone unnoticed, and we wish Jacqua the best of luck in her future endeavors.”
“We are extremely excited for Jacqua and very appreciative to the WBCA for selecting her as this year’s Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award recipient,” Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “It is always exciting when your student-athletes are recognized for their academic accomplishments.”
A defensive specialist, Williams currently leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and is third nationally with 3.6 steals per game. She also ranks 10th in free throw percentage (74.4), 11th in assists (3.2) and 23rd in points per game (11.6) in the ACC. Williams holds the all-time record for steals at Georgia Tech for both men and women with a current tally of 368. Williams was named to the 2009 All-ACC Defensive Team, marking her second appearance on the team, and has been selected as Georgia Tech’s Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons.
Williams is a two-sport athlete for the Ramblin’ Wreck and competes in the 200m and as part of the ACC Champion 400m relay team. Williams has competed at the NCAA Track & Field Championship the last two seasons and also at USA Track & Field sanctioned events.
In the classroom, Williams has been named to the Dean’s List on several occasions and is on track to earn her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy in May 2010. Williams was awarded this year’s Shirley C. Mewborn Scholarship for Women’s Basketball, which honors the player who best demonstrates high morals, character, leadership ability, the ability to stand on their own and who has overcome obstacles.
Williams also assumes a leadership role in the community as she is involved in GoGirlGo! Atlanta, the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer and the “Jacket to Jacket” elementary and middle school reading programs.
Williams will be honored at the WBCA Awards Luncheon presented by State Farm and Jostens on Tuesday, April 7, at Noon (CT) in the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront Grand Ballroom. The luncheon is a part of the 2009 WBCA National Convention, held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in St. Louis, Mo.
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