K-State's Williams named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Kansas State forward Peyton Williams (11) drives to the basket between Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith (1) and Baylor forward Aquira DeCosta (10) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 women's conference tournament in Oklahoma City, Sunday, March 10, 2019. Baylor won 88-60. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Former Cair Paravel star Peyton Williams was named the 2019 Big 12 Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Thursday in an announcement by the league office.

Williams is the fourth player in program history to earn the honors and the third during head coach Jeff Mittie's tenure. She joins former K-State greats Brittany Chambers (2013), Kindred Wesemann (2016) and Shaelyn Martin (2018) among the ranks.

The Lion-turned-Wildcat finished her junior season with a career-high 303 rebounds, which is ranked fourth in program history for a single season. She finished Big 12 play averaging a double-double with 16.2 points and 10 rebounds, making her the first Wildcat to accomplish the feat since Kendra Wecker in 2004-05.

Her 14 total double-doubles during the 2018-19 season was the best mark in the conference, and she led the team in points (15.5; 496 total) and free throw percentage (.833) as well as rebound percentage (26.6).

Williams also earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors, recording 37 blocks and a career-high 62 steals.

To top it all off, she also plays volleyball for Kansas State where, in 2018, she led the team in hitting percentage at .325.

Williams, a two-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, earned a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in anthropology/international studies with a minor in political science.