DENVER, CO – After an impressive season together in the Seattle U backcourt, McKenzi Williams and Bree Calhoun both received All-WAC honors. Williams was selected to the All-WAC second team while Calhoun was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year, WAC All-Newcomer Team, WAC All-Defensive Team, and All-WAC Honorable Mention.
The selection to Second Team All-WAC for Williams comes just a few days after being selected as the Seattle Sports Commission Female Athlete of the Year. The 5-5 guard, was coming off of her second season ending injury in as many seasons and was poised for a huge comeback. She averaged 15.4 points per game while also snagging just over four rebounds per contest. Her scoring output was tops on the Redhawks during the regular season and was third best in the entire Western Athletic Conference. Back on Dec. 21st, in a game vs Idaho, Williams set the schools Division I single-game scoring record when she put up 36.
“We’re excited for Kenzi to earn All-WAC Second Team,” said Barcomb. “She has put in a great deal of time rehabbing and coming back strong. Her level of play has improved over her time with our program.”
This was the first season for Calhoun in a Redhawks uniform. After spending two years as a standout at Moorpark (Calif.) College, the Granada Hills native decided to come to the Pacific Northwest and suit up for coach Barcomb. She instantly made an impact on the team when she had 11 points, six assists and seven steals in the season opener vs Portland. Those steal numbers were consistent all season and ended up having her ranked third in the nation with 81 total steals. Calhoun’s contribution is also apparent on the offensive side of the ball, she had the highest assist total on the team with 141 which was also good enough for fifth in all of NCAA DI.
SU appears to be in a defensive renaissance as they have now produced the last two WAC Defensive Players of the Year. In 2020, Kamira Sanders took home the honor for the Redhawks.
Next up for the dynamic backcourt is a matchup with the New Mexico State Aggies to kickoff the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tipoff on Wednesday March, 5th at the Orleans Arena.
Russell is the Content Director for the Eli Network. He studied broadcast journalism at Eastern Oregon and North Dakota State University. Mostly covers soccer and basketball in the Seattle area and is the current play-by-play voice for Seattle Redhawks basketball. You can follow him @brussbrwn.