0 Keishonda Williamson
NIU: One of three starters set to earn fourth varsity monogram with Huskie program and is one of five starters among the eight returning letterwinners.
2004-05: Finished as team's No. 5 scorer (5.0 points-per-game), No. 5 rebounder (3.1 rebounds-per-game), No. 4 thief (17 steals) and No. 6 set-up artist (42 assists). Chalked up five double-figure performances, three of which came over the course of the last four games when she elevated her play averaging 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds. Received a baptism under fire for first-ever collegiate start against No. 20-rated DePaul and responded by hitting only three-point attempt as part of 3-of-6 shooting from the floor plus 2-of-3 free throws for nine points. Also had four defensive rebounds, two assists and two steals vs. Blue Demons. In next game, 67-54 triumph at Saint Louis (12-18-04), scored four points but established career-best for assists with five set-ups while also chalking up four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Had a stellar four-game stretch which included three-game victory streak for NIU. Hit 3-of-4 FGs (including a trey) for seven points in 55-39 win over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (1-2-05); nailed 4-of-8 FGs (1-of-2 threes) for nine in 55-53 road upset of Eastern Michigan (1-8-05); sank 4-of-7 FGs for eight in 63-60 follow-up victory at Toledo (1-11-05); and had a tri-lighter as part of 6-of-12 shooting (plus 1-of-2 FTs) in career-best 14-point showing in home loss to Marshall (1-15-05). That contest also included four rebounds, three assists and a steal. Contributed 12 points and two rebounds in 40-minute effort during 64-58 double overtime road loss to Central Michigan (1-29-05). Began last four games gunning in career-high for three-pointers as part of 11-point plus career-best eight-rebound outing. Came off bench in home finale to sink 6-of-9 FGs (with one trey) for 13 points in 75-72 nail-biting loss to Bowling Green State (3-1-05). Also had four rebounds, three assists and a steal vs. BGSU. Returned to starting line-up for MAC First-Round loss at Toledo (3-5-05) and tallied 11 points and four rebounds plus an assist.
2003-04: Came off the bench as a reserve in eight games with eight points divided among four victories. Hit lone field goal attempt in 77-60 season-opening triumph over Loyola (11-21-03) and hit a bucket in Huskies' 102-97 four-overtime epic road win over Bowling Green State (2-18-04). Also went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe in 66-47 home victory over Buffalo (1-26-04) plus 82-62 season finale conquest of Ball State (3-2-04). Two of her six rebounds came in the contest with UB's Bulls.
2002-03: Made the most of limited time as a freshman reserve scoring 31 points in just 56 total minutes of action spread out over 10 games. Made collegiate debut in Convocation Center-opening 49-47 win over Wisconsin (11-22-02). Sank 3-of-5 from the field including a three-pointer while recording her season bests of seven points and three rebounds in 80-48 thumping of Illinois State (12-7-02). Added three points in 78-58 MAC triumph over Bowling Green (1-11-03) plus five in follow-up road loss at Western Michigan (1-16-03). Stepped up with 16 points over last four regular-season games. Had five markers plus a rebound, an assist and a steal in loss at Eastern Michigan (2-18-03). Followed with back-to-back four-point efforts at Central Michigan (2-26-03) and at home vs. Toledo (3-1-03). Had three points plus an assist in finale vs. Western Michigan (3-4-03).
Prep: Nominee for inaugural McDonald's All-American High School Girls Basketball team after averaging 13.6 ppg., 4.1 rpg., and 3.6 apg. as a senior. Coach William Winfield's Martin Luther King program was state's No. 2-rated team entering 2001 playoffs (girls basketball seasons in Michigan conducted entirely during last half of calendar year) and finished 22-1 due to triple-overtime loss in Class A (large schools) semifinals to Saginaw Heritage HS. All-Metro selection by Detroit News led all scorers with 21 and also grabbed seven boards in that loss. MLK had been outscoring opponents by an average score of 63-31. Averaged 6.7 ppg., 4.0 rpg., and 4.5 apg. as a junior when Crusaders went 22-1 finishing second due to state final loss to Lansing Everett. MLK went undefeated in claiming Public School League Southeast Division crown. In 1999, 14-1 Crusaders garnered another regional title, but were deemed ineligible for rest of state tourney because of excessive outside competition. Was a reserve on 23-3 squad in 1998 which was the first of three Final Four appearances as MLK lost title game to Saginaw Arthur Hill. The four-year varsity letterwinner was a part of teams which compiled 99-5 ledger. Earned spot on school's honor roll for eight semesters.
Personal: Oldest child for parents William and Celidal Barge. Has two sisters Kniesha and Alexis plus a brother Davon. Major: Criminology/Psychology. Birthdate: January 4, 1984.