Senior Guard 5-10
Rainer Beach, Seattle
Parents: Pauline & Jessie Williams
Coach: Francis Williams
Jessie Williams was largely responsible for setting the full-court pressure defensive tone that was central to the Cobbers' success in 1994-95 and 1995-96. His 75 steals over those two seasons are only a small measure of the defensive havoc caused by his presence on the court. On the offensive end of the floor, Jessie was 4th in the MIAC in assists in 1994-95 and he had 186 assists for his career. He also chalked up 357 career points. His love for the game and the intensity with which he approaches every game and practice helped set the team's standard for each of his two successful seasons.
Jessie Williams Career Stats
GMS PPG RPG Pts Rbs FGM FGA FG% FTM FTA FT% 3M 3A 3% Ast St Bl 1994-95 23 8.3 2.5 191 58 68 175 39.0 30 43 70.0 25 69 36.0 114 46 4 1995-96 27 6.1 2.6 166 69 60 165 36.4 21 39 53.8 25 74 33.8 72 29 2 Totals 50 7.1 2.5 357 127 128 340 37.6 51 82 62.1 50 143 35.0 186 75 6
He was part of a senior class that left a legacy of success:
After helping the 1994-95 Cobbers post an 18-7 record and reach the MIAC playoffs for the first time since 1987, they saw six of their teammates graduate and listened to predictions that 1995-96 would be a down year. But instead of falling back, this group of talented student athletes helped forge a new team that, at 21-6, became the school's first NCAA men's basketball tournamnt team. They also set a school record for wins in a season.
- No Running Cobber senior class can claim more wins in their final two seasons. The 1982-83 Cobber seniors had 38 wins in their final two seasons. This year's seniors have 39 wins over their last two seasons and a 39-13 record
- The 1995-96 Cobbers recorded consecutive top-2 finishes in the MIAC for only the second time in school history. (The 1981-82 and 82-83 Cobbers won consecutive MIAC titles.) Their MIAC Playoff Championship is the 4th MIAC men's basketball championship in School history. The earlier titles came in 1931, 1982 and 1983.
- As a result of their hard work, intelligence and unselfishness, the Cobbers led the MIAC for the second consecutive year in field goal percentage and were number 2 in league rebounding and scoring stats, despite being one of the league's smallest teams.
- These seniors have played a big role in rewriting Cobber team records, including most points per game (86.4 in '94-95) and best team single season field goal percentage (51.2 in 1994-95). The 1995-96 team passed the school record of 144 made 3-pointers set last year. They made 174.
- Most importantly, this group of seniors has helped build an expectation of excellence, an ethic of unselfishness, and a dedication to hard work that is now an integral part of the Running Cobber program. Their coaches and teammates will be ever grateful.
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