Concluding a Career-High 23-Point Game, Who Is the 19 YO Arizona Guard Jada Williams?

Published 01/16/2024, 7:40 AM EST

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Arizona might be having a short end on the road right now. Yesterday, locking horns with the Oregon Ducks didn’t go well for the Arizona Wildcats, as they fell to a 70-68 loss. Despite this defeat, the Wildcats still had a silver lining in their guard Jada Williams. In the matchup against Oregon, the fiery guard scored a career-high 23 points.

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Although the Wildcats have been on a winning streak at home, their journey away from it is not proving to be fruitful. With a player like Jada Williams on the roster, however, there is a good chance the Wildcats may live to fight another day.

Meet the Arizona Wildcats guard Jada Williams

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Kansas City native Jada Williams has made a significant impact with her presence on the Wildcats roster. The freshman guard was awarded the 2023 McDonald’s All-American and a 2023 SLAM All-American honors. She was also one of the members of the inaugural 2023 Nike Hoops Summit team.

During her time in high school, she remained her team’s captain for four straight years and was also named MVP or Co-MVP in each season. As a national athlete, she represented the United States, winning gold medals in the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup averaging 4.4 points and 2.1 assists. Similarly,  she won the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, where she averaged 11.7 points, 4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.

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This season Williams has been averaging 7 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, shooting with a field goal percentage of 37%. As a whole, Jada is a trailblazing athlete, especially regarding the fresh landscape created by the NIL policy rules. Notably, she is one of the first high school female basketball players to sign with a national brand.

With that impactful presence, let’s see how the Wildcats have been doing so far this season.

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Arizona Wildcats season stats

Although not in the top 25 yet, however, this season the Wildcats have been displaying a notable performance. Their current overall record stands at 10-7, including a record of 2-3 in the Pac-12 conference, and a winning streak on their home court of 6-2.

They, nevertheless, did struggle a bit on the road, with a record of 2-3 and 2-2 in a neutral location. The Wildcats rank at #96 with the team’s points per game being 72.6 points. Some notable wins include a 68-57 win against New Mexico State, a 61-52 win against South Dakota, and a whopping 91-52 win against Arizona State.

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With a bedazzled player like Jada Williams as a teammate, the Wildcats might be able to uplift themselves before the season gives in to the showdown.

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Dimple Gupta

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