Dec. 14 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that men’s basketball junior Calique Jones (Pittsburgh, Pa./Obama Academy) and women’s basketball junior Hayley Holenka (Shadyside, Ohio/Shadyside) have been selected as the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Month for November.
Jones led the Bison to a pair of wins in November. The junior guard scored at least 16 points in all four games during the month . He was Bethany’s leading scorer, averaging 17.8 points, and grabbed 3.8 rebounds per contest as well. Jones also shot a team-high .875 (22-of-26) from the free-throw line.
Jones helped Bethany earn their first win of the season over Penn-State Dubois on November 14, scoring 16 points on 6-of-7 (.857) shooting. He then totaled 18 points and eight rebounds against nationally ranked Marietta. Jones was also active on the defensive end, collecting a season-high three steals.
Holenka was instrumental in the Bison’s consecutive wins to open the season. She showed her versatility in the season opener, totaling 10 points, five rebounds, and three assists in a win over Franciscan on November 18. Holenka then followed that performance with 17 points and seven boards in a victory against Ohio Wesleyan in the Hope College Tournament on November 20.
The junior sharpshooter averaged 11 points and 4 rebounds through four games in November. Holenka knocked down at least one triple in every contest, and she also averaged one steal per game.
Other nominees for the Athlete of the Month for the men included basketball senior Darrian Bruster (Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland Central Catholic) as well as football players Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) and Jalen Holmes (New Castle, Pa./New Castle). For the women, basketball senior Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville), swimming & diving sophomore Alaina Geer (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield Area), along with volleyball standouts Arielle Sanders (Maple Heights, Ohio/Maple Heights) and Reilly Parker (Irwin, Pa./Norwin) all received honorable mentions as well.