NWAACC East Region MVP Williams to play for Vikings

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Sept. 6, 2011

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Women's basketball guard Trishi Willams, who was named Most Valuable Player in the East Region of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges last winter, is transferring from Columbia Basin College to attend Western Washington University this fall and play for the Vikings. Making that announcement was WWU coach Carmen Dolfo.

Western also was the choice of two freshmen, 5-foot-11 forward Mackenzie Cooper (Tumwater) and 5-5 guard Chantel Dixon (Federal Way). Both are expected to redshirt this season.

The 5-9 Williams averaged 12.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists as she led the Hawks to a 26-3 record, the East Region title (12-2) and the semifinals of the NWAACC Championships. She was a second-team NWAACC all-tournament pick and a NWAACC all-academic choice.

As a senior at Mabton High School, Williams was co-MVP of the South Central Athletic Conference as a senior. She averaged 17.0 points and 12.0 rebounds for the Vikings that season.

Williams also was a Class 1A state champion in track and field as a javelin thrower and a first-team all-league pick as an outside hitter in volleyball.

Cooper was a first-team Class 2A all-state choice as a senior at Tumwater High School, earning first-team state all-tournament honors in helping the Thunderbirds place fourth. She averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.

Dixon missed her senior season at Federal Way High School because of torn knee ligaments. She was an honorable mention South Puget Sound League North Division all-star as a freshman, sophomore and junior.

Dixon averaged 8.6 points as a junior on a 21-8 team that reached the state tournament.

Western graduated four senior starters from last year's 26-4 team that reached the first round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.

Mackenzie Cooper (25), Forward, 5-11, 18, 11/14/92, Freshman, Tumwater, WA

COLLEGE: Will redshirt this season.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Class 2A all-state selection and played in all-state game as senior at Tumwater High School ... First-team state all-tournament choice, helping Thunderbirds place fourth ... Also named second-team Tacoma News Tribune all-Area and second-team Evergreen Conference all-star ... Averaged 12.0 points and 10.0 rebounds ... Team captain for third straight year and MVP ... Second-team all-league as junior on squad that got to state ... Most inspirational award winner ... Second-team all-league as sophomore ... Missed freshman season because of ACL surgery on left knee ... Four-year letter winner ... Also earned two letters in volleyball ... Member of state championship team as sophomore.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in biology as part of pre-med program ... Capital Medical Center Scholarship winner ... Her father, David, played basketball at University of Portland.

Chantel Dixon (12), Guard, 5-5, 18, 1/13/93, Freshman, Federal Way, WA

COLLEGE: Will redshirt this season.

HIGH SCHOOL: Torn knee ligaments in November forced her to miss senior season at Federal Way High School, the Eagles finishing 26-3 and reaching championship game of Class 4A state tournament ... Honorable mention South Puget Sound League North Division all-star as freshman, sophomore, and junior ... Team captain two years and named squad's top defensive player three seasons ... Averaged 8.6 points as junior on 21-8 team that reached state tournament, and started as sophomore on squad that placed third at state ... Four-year letter winner ... Also earned three letter in track and one in soccer ... Competed at state track meet as sophomore and junior in 4x200 and 4x100 relays.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in communications ... Her father, Bruce, competed in track at Eastern Washington University, and sister, Cayla, played soccer at St. Martin's University.

Trishi Williams (10), Guard, 5-9, 20, 4/29/91, Junior, Mabton, WA

COLLEGE: Transfer from Columbia Basin College ... Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region MVP and second-team NWAACC all-tournament pick as sophomore ... Helped Hawks to 26-3 record, East Region title (12-2) and semifinals of NWAACC Championships ... Averaged 12.0 points, 4.4 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals, shooting 49 percent from field and 76 percent at free throw line ... NWAACC all-academic choice ... Team captain ... CBC Athlete of the Month for December ... As freshman, played on team that placed eighth at NWAACC tournament ... Two letters.

HIGH SCHOOL: Co-MVP of South Central Athletic Conference as senior at Mabton High School ... First-team South Central West all-league pick ... Averaged 17.0 points and 12.0 rebounds for Vikings ... Team captain ... Four-year letter winner ... Also earned four letters in volleyball and track and field ... First-team all-league as middle and outside hitter in volleyball as senior and second-team as junior ... Won Class 1A state title in javelin as senior in track with winning throw of 135-10 on final attempt ... Had career bests of 138-7 in javelin, 110-2 in discus and 15.84 seconds in 100 hurdles.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in kinesiology or take program in pre-medicine ... Class Valedictorian in high school ... Her father, Michael, competed in volleyball at Ambassador University.