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Williams to be inducted into MACJC Sports Hall of Fame

WESSON – Cindy Hodges Williams of Wesson will be inducted into the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet set for April 28 on the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

CINDY HODGES WILLIAMS

CINDY HODGES WILLIAMS

Williams played basketball at Copiah-Lincoln Community College from 1975 to 1977, where she was a member of Hall of Fame Coach Gwyn Young’s first Co-Lin team. As a freshman, Williams led Co-Lin to the regional tournament where she scored 29 points in the first half of a game, before the addition of the three-point line. Her sophomore year, she averaged 26 points and six assists per game, including one game in which she scored 42 points. She was selected First Team All-State and All-Region in both her freshman and sophomore years.

After Co-Lin, Williams went on to play at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she was selected All-State, All-Region, and All-American. At the national tournament, she set a national assist record with 19 assists in one game and 59 assists in the tournament. She currently holds the single game assist record (19), the single season assist record (364), and the school career assist record at Southeastern. Williams was drafted and played professional basketball with the New Orleans Pride in 1979 and 1980, after which the league folded. Williams was inducted into the Co-Lin Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Southeastern Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1990, where she was one of the first two women ever selected.

Williams is married to Johnny Williams and they have two children, Ryan and his wife Loren, and Wade and his wife Brea. They have two grandchildren, Caden and John Parker, and a third one on the way. Williams is currently a 5th grade math teacher at Wesson Attendance Center.

Other members of the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame from Co-Lin are the late Carl Medley, Alton Ricks, the late Henry “Hook” Stone, the late M. K. Turk, the late “Chunkin” Charlie Ward, Alton Greenlee, the late A.J. “Red” Mangum, the late Bob Ricketts, Gwyn Young, the late Bucky Waters and Albert “Sonny” Hill.