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Bethany’s Williams named PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month

 Jan. 13 – Bethany, W.Va. – Bethany College senior women's basketball player Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) has been named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December 2013, announced the conference office.

Williams is in her third season as the starting point guard for the Bison. She currently ranks fourth in the PAC in both total assists (40) and assists per game (3.3). In Bethany's 56-46 victory over league rival Grove City College on Dec. 7, Williams totaled season bests in assists (8) and rebounds (8) while also registering three steals.

Williams maintains a 3.83 grade-point average as a physical education major. She is an active member of Bethany's SAAC, the Physical Education Club, the Student National Education Association (SNEA), the Kappa Delta Pi international honor society (Education), the Phi Delta Psi honor society (Physical Education), the Zeta Tau Alpha international women's fraternity and works with the College's student alumni association.

When asked about Williams, Head Coach Rebecca Upton, who is in the midst of her ninth season as the women’s basketball coach said, “Skylar is the complete package and has become a great leader but more importantly, she does well in the classroom and on the court. That’s the most impressive thing about her”

Williams was recently accepted into the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) 12th annual 'So You Want to be a Coach' Program. Each member of the program will participate in the three-day workshop held April 4-8 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Nashville. The objectives of the "So" program are to increase the understanding and application of skills necessary to secure coaching positions in women's basketball, increase the understanding and awareness of competencies necessary for success in coaching, introduce female basketball players to coaches and administrators while raising awareness of the existing talent pool of female basketball players who have a passion and interest in coaching the game of women's basketball.

She has been named to Bethany's President's List twice and its Dean's List three times. The senior from Jefferson Hills, Pa. has also earned PAC Academic Honor Roll distinction on three occasions.