Victoria Vivians, Morgan William earn AP All-America honors

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Per MSU Media Relations

A day after leading the Bulldogs to their first Final Four appearance, Victoria Vivians and Morgan William earned All-America honors from the Associated Press.

 

Vivians was named to the third team, while her classmate William was awarded an honorable mention.

 

The latest honors come after the Associated Press named Vivians and William first- and second-team All-SEC, respectively.

 

Vivians adds this honor to an extensive portfolio that includes Naismith Trophy semifinalist, one of the Top 15 finalists for the Wooden Award and the watch lists for the Wade and Ann Meyers Drysdale awards.

 

She was also tabbed an All-America regional finalist by the WBCA.

 

The Carthage, Miss., native averaged 16.3 ppg this season and scored a personal-best 289 points in SEC play (18.1 ppg). Vivians has averaged 15.5 ppg in the NCAA Tournament, earning Oklahoma City All-Region honors after scoring 13 points in a Sweet 16 win against Washington and 24 points in the Bulldogs’ win against Baylor in their first Elite Eight appearance.

 

Vivians has totaled 1,723 points for her career, ranking her fourth in MSU scoring history and third among active SEC players.

 

Sunday’s 24-point showing was her career-best 11th 20-point outing of the season, 32nd of her career, and 33rd game of the year in double figures. 

 

William earned national attention for her stellar performance in the Elite Eight, putting up 41 points and dishing seven assists. She set a record for the most points scored by an SEC player in an NCAA Tournament game and the eighth-most points by an MSU player in single-game school history.

 

The junior from Birmingham, Ala., averaged in double figures for the first time in her career with 10.9 ppg this season. The Oklahoma City Regional Most Outstanding Player has scored 10-plus points in 18 games, including five 20-point outings.

 

Her 41-point showing was the most in a game since Alexis Rack scored 43 in a win against Maryland in 2009.

 

In addition to owning the MSU record for career free throw percentage, she now owns the record for career assists (470) after dishing out 171 this season. Her 171 assists rank fifth in State’s single-season records, eight back of the school record.

 

The Bulldogs return to action in the Final Four in Dallas on Friday to play the winner of Monday’s Bridgeport Region final between UConn and Oregon.

 

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