Jan. 10 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany College women’s basketball player Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Female Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December, 2007.
Each month, SAAC members from each PAC institution are eligible to nominate two junior or senior varsity student-athletes (one male, one female) from their school. All PAC Scholar-Athlete nominations must be in season, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved in their campus community.
Receiving the men’s award for December was Grove City (Pa.) College swimmer Tim Whitbeck.
Mitchell earned the honor after she averaged 13.3 points and 2.1 rebounds through BC’s first eight games. The 5-8 guard tallied double digits in six of those contests, including a season-high 28 in a Dec. 1 match-up with then 14th-ranked Thomas More (Ky.) College (the Saints have since risen to #5 in the national polls).
The year got off to a great start for Mitchell, as she earned All-Tournament team honors at the Penn State Behrend Tip-Off, where Bethany placed second, and the Wilmington Fred Raizk Thanksgiving Tournaments.
Away from the hardwood, Mitchell maintains a cumulative grade point average above 3.8. She’s earned Dean’s List honors six times and twice been named to the PAC Academic Honor Roll. The Vice President for the Special Education Club, she is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and SNEA and has participated in the SAAC Campus Clean-Up.
Others nominated for the women’s award were Grove City swimmer Ellen Keefer, Thiel basketball player Amber Bodrick and Westminster women’s basketball player Emilee Ackerman. Also nominated for the men’s accolade was Bethany senior men’s basketball player Brody Jackson (Akron, Ohio/Manchester).