Feb. 13, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Bernstein
Association continues to honor Div. III standouts
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) Myles Copeland of Trine University (Angola, Ind.) and Kelly Williams of Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) were named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Players of the Week for the week ending February 11.

Copeland, a 6-6 junior forward from Perrysburg, Ohio, averaged a double-double of 39 points and 10 rebounds per game last week as Trine (11-12, 7-5) won both of its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) matchups. On Wednesday, Copeland scored a career-high 41 points (17-of-29 FG, 7-of-9 FT) and added 11 rebounds and two assists in the Thunder's 75-68 overtime victory against Calvin. Trine trailed by nine with just under seven minutes left in the game, but Copeland scored 10 points down the stretch and eight more in overtime as the Thunder pulled out the win. Then, in a 76-72 victory over Albion on Saturday, he recorded 37 points (14-of-23 FG, 9-of-11 FT), nine rebounds, two blocks and a steal. For the week, Copeland shot 59.5 percent (31-of-52) from the field and 80 percent (16-of-20) from the line. For his efforts, Copeland was also named the MIAA Player of the Week.

Williams, a 6-3 sophomore forward from Garysburg, N.C., wins the honor for the third time this season and a record-tying fourth time in her career. She averaged 36 points, 16 rebounds, five blocks, and 3.5 assists for Randolph-Macon (17-5, 10-4) as the Yellow Jackets split their two Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) games last week. In a 98-79 win over Bridgewater on Tuesday, Williams recorded her eighth 20-20 game of the season with 27 points (11-of-15 FG, 5-of-8) and 20 rebounds to go along with five blocks and five assists. Then, in a 98-82 loss to Guilford on Saturday, she tied this season's NCAA Division III one-game highs of 45 points and 18 made field goals (18-of-26) while adding five blocks and two assists. For the week, Williams shot 70.7 percent (29-of-41) from the field and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the foul line. For her efforts, Williams was also named the ODAC Player of the Week.

Each Tuesday, the USBWA is selecting men's and women's Division III National Players of the Week. This is the fourth season that the USBWA will recognize national players of the week from Division III.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2017-18 USBWA Division III National Players of the Week
Week ending Nov. 19: Keith Brown, Endicott College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Nov. 26: Brayden Olson, Benedictine and Dani Reinwald, Medaille
Week ending Dec. 3: Hamed Shamseldin, The College at Brockport and Bryce Frank, Austin College
Week ending Dec. 10: Justin Webster, Adrian College and Georgia Bourikas, Suffolk University
Week ending Dec. 17: Lavrone Green, New Jersey City and Kendrea Williams, FDU-Florham
Week ending Dec. 31: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Jan. 7: Sam Light, Lebanon Valley College and Alecia Rohrer, Messiah College
Week ending Jan. 14: Ryan Bruns, Ohio Northern University and Casey Poe, Whitman College
Week ending Jan. 21: Jake Ross, Springfield College and Mikayla Hodge, Lyndon State College
Week ending Jan. 28: Marcus Dempsey, Muskingum College and Andrea Iavarone, St. Joseph's College-Long Island
Week ending Feb. 4: Josh Freund, Roanoke College and Kelsey Burton, Lake Forest College
Week ending Feb. 11: Myles Copeland, Trine University and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College
Week ending Feb. 18: Mike Rapoza, Anna Maria College and Madison Temple, Thomas More College
Week ending Feb. 25: Caleb Johnson, Berry College and Kelly Williams, Randolph-Macon College