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Delonte' Joyce/Christine Pray Named SAAC Athletes of the Week

Jan. 14 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Bethany College junior men’s basketball player Delonte’ Joyce (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and women's swimming & diving freshman Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) have been named the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the week announced the Bethany SAAC on Tuesday.

Joyce helped lead the Bison to a 1-1 record last week, averaging 24.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals. In the first game, a 96-56 win over Westminster, Joyce was just one point shy of tying his career-high in points, notching 29. 22 of those points came in the first half. He shot 10-of-17 in the contest while also recording four steals.

In the loss to Saint Vincent, Joyce totaled 19 points, which included 12 in the second-half. For the week, Joyce shot a blistering 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the three-point arc.

Joyce currently leads the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in steals per contest, averaging 3.4 per contest. He also ranks sixth in the league in points per game (16.5).

Pray continued her impressive freshman campaign as she took first place in four of six swims last week. Against W&J, Pray took first in both of the distance races, winning the 500 free (5:36.56) and the 1000 free (11:28.36). In the tri-meet on Saturday, Pray captured first place in the 1650 free (19:01.89), shattering the previous Bison record of 19:07.83 set by Brenda Maxwell in 2008. Pray also finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:36.58) on Saturday.

This season, Pray has been a symbol of consistency in the distance races, placing first in 13 of 14 races in just her first season with the Bison. Pray has also won seven different individual races at least once, including the 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles; the 200 and 400 individual medleys; and the 100 and 200 butterfly.

Other nominees for SAAC Athlete of the Week included men’s swimming & diving sophomore Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) and senior women’s basketball standout Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley).