Oct 19, 2014
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Richmond’s Mariah Williams, a freshman with the University of Nevada women’s basketball team, was named the Mountain West Preseason Freshman of the Year by the website College Sports Madness, her team announced Friday.

The honor was part of a preseason poll of the Mountain West’s 11 head coaches and media representatives. They picked Nevada to finish fifth in the conference this coming season.

Williams’ standout play in high school obviously has coaches excited to see what she will do in college. The 5-11 guard/forward tallied 101 points and 63 rebounds during her senior season at Vanden High School in Fairfield. She averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game in 40 games while Vanden went 10-0 in league play, 25-7 overall last year. The high school team reached the Northern California Division III semifinals.

Nevada will host the Academy of the Arts for an exhibition contest at Lawlor Events Center on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Regular season begins the following Friday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. with a home contest against UC Santa Barbara.


  1. Very nice article Mike. I am Mariah’s grandmother and we are soooo proud of her. Looking forward to watching her play against CAL on Nov 18 @ CAL.

    Margie Williams | Oct 23rd, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.