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ODAC Athletes of the Week | Basketball, Swimming

ODAC Athletes of the Week | Basketball, Swimming

FOREST, Va. --- Week 12 saw ODAC basketball teams begin some conference play in addition to strong competition at non-conference tournaments. Swimming also took part in both competitive dual meets and the first invitational events of the schedule. Those earning ODAC Athlete of the Week awards for Monday, November 22, include (pictured from left): Jessica Jennings from Virginia Wesleyan women's basketball, Devin Bateman and Brynn Martinson from Washington and Lee men's and women's swimming, and Buzz Anthony from Randolph-Macon men's basketball.

Below are entries for all four winners from today's multi-sport release. Most weeks this winter, the following schedule will be used for awards reporting:

  • Mondays: basketball, swimming
  • Tuesdays: indoor track & field (once the season begins)

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Buzz Anthony | Randolph-Macon | Sr. | Guard
Anthony, a senior from Arnold, Md., was named to the Great Lakes Invitational All-Tournament Team following a pair of career nights towards two ranked victories for nationally top-rated Randolph-Macon. The three-time ODAC Player of the Year and owner of multiple All-American plaques set a new career-high with 32 points on 14-of-21 shooting in an 88-74 triumph over 13th-ranked Emory University. He was 4-of-8 from deep and chipped in five rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Anthony then tied his career best mark with 13 assists in an 82-74 victory over third-ranked and tournament hosts Marietta College (Ohio). He was 4-of-8 from the field including 2-of-2 from three-pointer territory and 5-of-6 from the line on the way to 15 points. He also notched a rebound and a steal. Through five games this season -- all R-MC wins -- Anthony is averaging 19.4 points per game in 35.8 minutes of floor time per contest. He leads the ODAC in assists (41), steals (8), and total points scored (97).

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Devin Bateman | Washington and Lee | Fy.
Bateman, a first-year from Fredericksburg, Va., picks up his second weekly award of the season after competing in seven events and posting six ODAC season-best times in helping Washington and Lee to fourth place among nine teams in a strong field at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational in Lancaster, Pa. Bateman finished third in the 200-yard butterfly in 1:57.05, which is tops in the ODAC and 97th in NCAA Division III. He finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in 0:21.61, but his preliminary time of 0:21.31 is the top time in the conference and slots 84th in the country. Bateman also swam a time trial in the 100-yard butterfly, posted the league's best mark at 0:51.01. That ranks 76th in the nation. He was also involved in four relays each of which placed fifth in the meet. Three of the final times rank atop the league lists including the 400-yard medley (3:28.78), 200-yard freestyle (1:25.59) and 400-yard freestyle (3:09.85) units. The Generals 200-yard medley time of 1:34.67 is second in the conference. Those relay times slot 24th, 24th, 27th, and 34th in Division III, respectively.

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Brynn Martinson | Washington and Lee | So.
Martinson, a sophomore from Charlotte, N.C., picks up her second weekly award of the season after winning three individual events and participating in three gold medal relays to help Washington and Lee to first place among 11 teams in a strong field at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational in Lancaster, Pa. All six of Martinson's events resulted in ODAC season-best times. Individually, she won the 50-yard freestyle in 0:23.83, the 100-yard freestyle in 0:52.29, and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:54.45. Those marks rank 11th, 16th, and 25th in NCAA Division III, respectively. Martinson then joined her Generals teammates for wins in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, and 400-yard freestyle relays with respective times of 1:46.31, 1:35.43, and 3:30.06. The 200-freestyle unit -- with Martinson swimming the lead leg followed by Caroline Baber, Claudia Barnett, and Sophia Rollo -- eclipsed the Division III "B-cut" standard. Both the 200- and 400-freestyle relay times rank fourth nationally while W&L's 200-medley relay time sits 14th in the country.

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Jessica Jennings | Virginia Wesleyan | Jr. | Guard
Jennings, a junior from Suffolk, Va., was named the MVP of the TownBanke Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Virginia Wesleyan after she helped the Marlins get off the mark for their first two victories of the season. Jennings averaged 18 points and 5.7 rebounds while dishing out 15 assists with six steals in a 2-1 overall showing for the week. She opened with 16 points on 6-of-10 from the field in a 77-54 loss to Bridgewater in the first ODAC contests of the season. She was 2-of-5 from three-point range and added four rebounds and three assists. Against N.C. Wesleyan in the Marlins first game of the TowneBank Tip-Off Tournament, Jennings provided the winning three-pointer as the buzzer sounded for a 65-62 victory. She isolated her defender at the top of the key off an in-bounds play and drilled the game-deciding bucket from well-behind the line as the red lights flashed on the backboard. She was 7-of-12 from the field including 5-of-8 from deep. She added nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals to her stat line. Jennings capped her week with 17 points in a 63-60 overtime win against Meredith. She made up for a 3-for-13 shooting day with a 10-of-13 showing at the foul line. She added four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and a blocked shot. Through the first five games of the season, Jennings is averaging 15.8 points and 4.4 rebounds her outing. She is second in the ODAC in three-pointers made (14-of-34) and third in assists (20). Her 79 points scored rank fourth in the league.

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