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Bethany’s Taormina Named PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month

March 7 - GREENVILLE, Pa.—Bethany College women’s basketball senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., PA/Quigley) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete for the month of February in 2013.

 “On and off the court Kayla works unbelievably hard and she never settles for anything less than her highest potential. This recognition is a true testament to her work ethic and dedication,” states head Bethany women’s basketball coach Rebecca Upton.

Taormina played in six games in the month of February, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game and 9.8 points per game in over 38 minutes of action per game. On the season, Taormina finished with five double doubles and an 11-point, 12-rebound performance on her home court against Chatham University February 6th.

3866Taormina12.jpg On the court Taormina has shown true dedication in her four years at Bethany. In her senior year, she played in all 26 games, averaging 31.7 minutes per game, along with 10.2 points per game (15th in PAC), 7.8 rebounds per game (sixth in PAC) and 2.7 assists per game (eighth in PAC). Rounding out her career at Bethany, Taormina ended with 1,101 points to finish 14th in the program’s scoring rankings.

Then off the court, Taormina has also excelled greatly, being named to Bethany College’s Dean’s List five times and named to the President’s List (4.0 grade point average) twice. Taormina was also named to the 2012-2013 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America in the month of January. In addition to these accomplishments, Taormina was acclaimed as a PAC Academic Honor Roll selection three times.

Taormina is an active member on campus also. She is a member of the Psi Chi (psychology), Gamma Sigma Kappa (scholastic merit) and Alpha Epsilon Delta (health pre-professional) honor societies. She also serves as the vice-president for the College’s Psychology Club. Off campus, Taormina volunteers at the Wheeling Soup Kitchen with her teammates and in the past three summers, has worked at a physical therapy/sports medicine clinic.

Taormina currently holds a 3.91 grade point average as a Pre-Physical Therapy major. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Taormina of Center Twp., Pa.

By Sami Schott
Sports Information Student Assistant