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    Tammy Williams Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM In 16 plate appearances at the Kajikawa Classic, opposing teams put out Tammy Williams just three times.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    In 16 plate appearances at the Kajikawa Classic, opposing teams put out Tammy Williams just three times.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 18, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern junior Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week following her performance in the Wildcats' perfect opening weekend at the Kajikawa Classic that included wins over No. 1 Arizona and No. 3 Texas A&M.

    Williams batted .786 (11-for-14) in the event and scored eight runs in Northwestern's four games to reach 146 runs scored for her career, matching the NU all-time record set last season by Garland Cooper. Williams had a double, a home run, two walks (one intentional) and two steals at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., recording a 1.071 slugging percentage and an .813 on-base percentage.

    Northwestern went 4-0 on its opening weekend with wins against then-No. 1 Arizona and No. 3 Texas A&M. With their perfect start, the Wildcats moved up from No. 6 to No. 2 in the USA Today/NFCA poll, receiving a No. 1 vote for the first time in program history.

    Williams earned base hits in her first six official at-bats of the season, with five of those six base knocks coming against 2007 NFCA All-Americans (Texas A&M's Amanda Scarborough and Arizona's Taryne Mowatt).

    Williams is Northwestern's first NFCA National Player of the Week since Eileen Canney won the honor on May 3, 2006.

    Williams also was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week. The Big Ten POW honor is the fourth of Williams' career. She was selected once as a freshman in 2006 and twice a year ago.

    For more in depth coverage of Northwestern's huge weekend at the Kajikawa Classic, read Graham Hays' story on ESPN.com: Wildcats' Offense Warms Up at Kajikawa Classic.