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Feb. 7 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College senior Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) has been voted Third Team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II, as announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All Division II, III and NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.

On the hardwood, Mitchell has been plagued by injuries and illness recently, but has still helped the Bison to an 11-9 overall record so far and a third place spot in the PAC with a 7-3 league mark. She is BC’s second leading scorer with 10.1 points per game and is also second in three-pointers (18) and free throw percentage (73.8).

The 5-8 guard’s highlight game this season came on Jan. 5 at Thiel. She sank four foul shots in the final minute to help the Bison come away with an 80-75 victory. Mitchell finished the contest a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe and notched 20 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

In the classroom, Mitchell has a GPA higher than 3.8 as an elementary education major/special education minor. She’s made the Dean’s List all seven semesters of her college career and earned a spot on the PAC Academic Honor Roll three times. Mitchell is a member of SNEA, the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and the Special Education Club, in which she served as vice president last year.

In the community, she has volunteered for Special Olympics and participated in Bethany’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Campus Clean-Up.

“Lisa’s work ethic is what has made her successful,” said Bethany head coach Rebecca Upton. “She’s played an instrumental part in turning our program around. Lisa is a very talented person but she just works so hard to improve every day in the classroom and on the court.”

Lisa is the daughter of Sam and Patty Mitchell of Burgettstown, Pa.