Feb. 9 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that sophomore basketball guard Andrew Williams and senior track runner Maria Jackson-McBride have been named the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week for the week of February 8.
Williams (Oil City, Pa./Oil City) helped the Bison men’s basketball team to a 2-0 week, placing them in second place in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference standings. He first dropped a career-high, 29 points, in a double-overtime victory over Thomas More College on Wednesday. In the win, the sophomore guard finished the game 7-of-11 from the field and also shot 12-of-13 from the charity stripe, en route to posting a season high for any Bison player.
Williams followed that performance, with an 11-point, seven-rebound outing in the team’s four-point win over Chatham University (74-70) on Saturday afternoon. Combined during the week, Williams had the hot hand, shooting .550 from the field, .444 from long range and .935 from the free-throw line. He averaged 20.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per night.
Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, Va./West Potomac) helped the Bison track & field teams continue to rewrite the record books, as she ran the anchor for the 4x200 relay team that shattered a Bethany mark at the Jim Wuske Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Jackson-McBride, along with teammates Heather Grinkley (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton), Ashley Borsch (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Bri Steich (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) earned a second-place finish, posting a time of 1:52.47. The record broke the old mark of 1:53.37 which was set back in 2011 by Paige Prato, Hayley Acree, Desiree Finley and Kaitlyn Black.
Along with her record-setting performance in the 4x200, Jackson-McBride also performed well individually, earning a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:02.54) and a 14th-place mark out of 63 athletes in the 200 (27.38).
Honorable mention selections for the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week included: Grinkley and senior basketball standout Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville) for the women, as well as basketball junior Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and track seniors Kyle Minger (Richmond, Ohio/Edison Local) and Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) for the men.