Cheney, Wash. – Senior women’s basketball student-athlete Melissa Williams and redshirt junior football student-athlete Vernon Adams have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletics Department as its January Scholar-Athletes of the Month, as announced Wednesday, Jan. 7.
A Camas, Wash., native, Williams carries a 3.76 grade point average as a biology major. Adams hails from Pasadena, Calif., and sports a 3.00 GPA as a recreation management major.
Williams helped EWU Women’s Basketball to a 4-2 record in the month of December, averaging 9.2 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She earned MVP honors at the Gator Holiday Classic to close out the month, propelling Eastern to the tournament title over host Florida. She notched double-doubles against both Georgia Southern and the Gators, and fell one point shy of a double-double versus Portland on Dec. 17.
Adams finished as the runner-up for the second straight season for the Walter Payton Award, which was presented on Dec. 15 in Philadelphia, Pa. He was also honored on four NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America teams during the month, including first team honors by Associated Press, College Sports Madness and Beyond Sports Network. He opened the month by helping EWU defeat Montana, 37-20, in the second round of the FCS Playoffs, then passed for 425 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in a 59-46 loss to Illinois State in the quarterfinals.
2014-15 EWU Athletics
December – Jade Redmon (Women’s Basketball), Ronnie Hamlin (Football)
November – Nathalie Schwery (Women’s Soccer), Vince Hamilton (Men’s Cross Country)
October – Sarah Reiter (Women’s Cross Country), Mario Brown (Football)
September – Kelsey Julian (Women’s Volleyball), Blair Bomber (Football)