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April 14, 2000

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Women's Basketball Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller announced today the signing of junior college All-American Mia Williams to a national letter-of-intent.

Williams, a 5'6" point guard from Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., averaged 10.0 points, 7.5 assists and 2.6 steals per game while averaging just 26.0 minutes per game during her sophomore season. She earned first-team all-region honors and was a Division II National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) third-team All-America selection. Williams shot 46 percent from the field, including 39 percent from behind the three-point line last season. She led the Tribunes to a 33-3 overall mark and completed the season as the NJCAA national runner-up. The 1999-2000 campaign also marked her second straight season as the nation's assists leader among NJCAA Division II players.

"Mia will provide our team with great leadership and experience at the point guard position," McConnell-Miller said. "She has enjoyed success at every level of basketball from winning a state high school championship to her team finishing as the national junior college runner-up.

"It is evident that with her playmaking ability and assist totals, Mia will be a key ingredient to future success of our basketball program."

In her two seasons at Monroe CC, Williams averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 assists and 3.5 steals per game while leading the Tribunes to a combined mark of 66-5. She started all 71 games.

As a freshman, Williams guided Monroe CC to a 33-0 record, the school's first undefeated regular season, and finished the year 33-2. She averaged 12.5 points and 7.2 assists per game and was selected to the all-region second team. Williams recorded a career-high of 24 points in the national tournament against Illinois Central College, the eventual national champion.

"Mia is an ideal point guard who always involves her teammates first and scores second," Monroe CC Head Coach Tim Parrinnello said. "She has meant a lot to our team and program over the last two seasons. When Mia was in the game, it was like having a coach on the floor. I expect her to have continued success at Tulsa."

Williams capped off her prep career by helping Pickerington High School (Columbus, Ohio) to the 1997-98 Ohio State Championship. The Lady Tigers recorded a 26-2 overall mark and completed the season as the No. 2 ranked high school team in the final USA Today national high school polls.

She chose Tulsa over Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Providence and Duquesne