Kansas State Athletics is becoming proactive in promoting two-sport athlete Peyton Williams. The athletics department developed a microsite that’s part of kstatesports.com titled “Peyton Williams — Double Threat” to support her in national award contention.
This part of the site is accessed at kstatesports.com/doublethreat.
The microsite showcases Williams’ accolades collected over the past two seasons in basketball and volleyball, including stats, videos, news and praise from around the country.
“Peyton has a unique story to share as a two-sport athlete playing at the highest level of collegiate athletics as well as a double major in anthropology and international studies and a tremendous number of academic achievements,” K-State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie said in a release. “She is as well-rounded of a person as I have ever coached, and this website will certainly be able to show that better to our fans and to women’s basketball followers across the country.”
Williams is a member of the U.S. women’s national basketball team for the Pan American Games, which starts Aug. 6 in Lima, Peru.
Williams is the fourth player in Kansas State women’s basketball history to score 1,000 or more points, grab 600 or more career rebounds and record 80 or more career blocked shots. She also ranks among the top players in program history in multiple other areas, including scoring (31st; 1,122 points), rebounding (16th; 659 rebounds), blocked shots (seventh; 90 blocks), free throw percentage (seventh; .812) and double-doubles (T-seventh; 21).
Williams is a preseason candidate for the 2019 Katrina McClain Award given to the top power forward in the nation. She increased her scoring average for the third straight season in 2018-19, leading the Wildcats with 15.5 points per game (496 total points) as well as free throw percentage (.833). Williams was the third Wildcat to score 475 more points and notch 300 or more rebounds in a single season.
Williams earned 2019 All-Big 12 first-team honors as a junior and finished the season with a career-high 303 rebounds (9.5 per game). She was the top player in the Big 12 in rebound percentage (26.6%). Her 2018-19 rebounding total ranked fourth in program history for a single season, the most since Nicole Ohlde had 306 boards in the 2002-03 season.
A Topeka native, finished Big 12 play averaging 16.2 points and 10 boards per game, making her the first Wildcat to put up those numbers in conference play since Kendra Wecker did so in the 2004-05 season. Williams had a career high 14 double-doubles in 2018-19, the best mark in the Big 12.
Williams became the second player in program history to earn a spot on Big 12 All-Defensive Team, joining her former teammate, Breanna Lewis, who was Big 12 All-Defensive honoree three times. Williams had 37 blocks and a single-season personal best 62 steals last year. Williams ranked among the top 15 in the Big 12 in both steals per game (1.9; fourth) and blocks (1.2; 11th).
Williams also is succeeding off the floor. She became the fourth player in program history to earn Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and was one of three players in the Big 12 to earn 2019 Academic All-Big 12 First Team with a 4.0 grade point average.