Akilah

Bethel

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Forward
Height: 6'0"
Class: Senior
City/State: Baltimore, Md.
High School: Academy of Holy Cross
Other College: West Virginia
Major: Sports Administration
Experience: 2 Letters

Bio

HONORS & AWARDS
LSWA Co-Player of the Week (12/14/15)
2016 SEC Community Service Team

CAREER
Played two seasons at LSU after transferring from West Virginia ... Played 61 games with 35 starts ... Shot 45 percent (158-350) from the field ... Averaged 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game ... Tallied 94 assists, 19 blocked shots and 100 steals ... Due to NCAA tranfer rules, sat out the 2013-14 season … Saw her first season of action at LSU as a redshirt junior during the 2014-15 season … Played her freshman and sophomore seasons at West Virginia after starring at Academy of Holy Cross in Maryland.

SENIOR SEASON (2015-16)
Saw action in 30 games, making 22 starts ... Closed out her senior season with 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds a game ... Led LSU in steals with 55 ... Second on the squad in assists with 65 ... Scored in double figures in 13 games ... Posted two double-doubles, both of which were in games that Alexis Hyder also posted a double-double ... Led LSU in rebounding in 11 games, and in scoring in three games ... Earned her first start of the season and scored both points on free throws before fouling out late in the contest against ULM (Nov. 15) ... Led the team in rebounding against Long Beach State (Nov. 21) with nine boards, eight of which were defensive rebounds ... Also scored eight points in the win ... Recorded her first double-digit scoring game of the season with 10 points against Tulane (Nov. 23) ... Led the team for the second-consecutive game with seven rebounds against Tulane ... Also logged a team-leading three assists and three steals against the Green Wave ... Scored a career-high 17 points against Purdue (Nov. 27) in the Gulf Coast Showcase before fouling out ... Led the team in rebounds in that game with nine ... Was 6-of-10 from the field and hit a free throw for 13 points in the win over Marist (Nov. 28) ... Registered her fourth-consecutive game of double-digit scoring with 11 points against Maine (Nov. 29) in the final day of the tournament ... Second on the team in rebounding in that game with nine ... Had a career day in her ninth consecutive start of the season versus UCSB (Dec. 13) ... Set a new career mark with 18 points off an 8-of-14 shooting effort from the field ... The eight field goals made tied her career mark as did her five assists and four steals ... Led the team in points (18), rebounds (9), assists (5) and steals (4) against the Gauchos ... Named Co-Player of the Week by the LSWA following her efforts versus UCSB ... Held a streak of 11-straight games with at least one steal until the streak was snapped against UConn (Dec. 21) ... Came in off the bench against Ole Miss (Jan. 7) and scored 16 points off a 7-of-13 effort from the field in 29 minutes on the floor ... Hauled in five rebounds against the Rebels ... Matched her career marks with five assists and four steals ... Led LSU in scoring against Vanderbilt (Jan. 14) with 11 points off a 5-of-10 shooting effort from the field ... Led the way in steals with three while also tallying three assists and three rebounds ... Recorded her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds against Arkansas (Jan. 21) ... The 11 boards set a new career mark ... Also set a new career high with five steals in the loss ... Tied a career mark with two blocks ... Started in the win on the road against Georgia (Jan. 24) and scored 10 points and was second on the team with eight rebounds ... Was 4-of-5 from the free-throw line with four of the points coming in the last minutes of the game ... Held to just four points, but led the team against #22 Missouri (Jan. 28) with nine rebounds ... One of four players in double digits with 10 points versus Auburn (Feb. 1) ... Converted the most FGs in the game with five ... Registered 10 points and tied for the team-lead in rebounds with six against #11 Mississippi State (Feb. 4) ... Was 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in the loss ... Registered her third straight game of 10 points in the loss at #18 Kentucky (Feb. 7) ... Set a new career mark with 39 minutes against No. 12 Texas A&M (Feb. 18) and led the team with 10 rebounds, six of which were defensive boards ... Eclipsed her career total with 12 rebounds in the win over #24 Tennessee (Feb. 21) ... All of her rebounds were defensive boards ... Came in off the bench against #13 Kentucky (Mar. 3) in the second-round game of the SEC Tournament and logged her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds ... Tied her career mark with seven made free throws ... Snapped a 15-game streak of at least one steal when she did not have a steal in the two games of the tournament ... Posted at least five rebounds in 21 games ... Eighth in the SEC in steals with 1.9/league game ... Scored 10+ points in nine of the last 17 games ... Played nine games in a protective mask after breaking her nose the day before the Auburn game ... Named to SEC Community Service Team on Feb. 24.

REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Bethel started 13 times as a forward on LSU’s front line with 17 of her final 18 appearances of the season coming off the bench (Jan. 4-March 21) ... Produced 4.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game ... Secured at least five points in 16 of 31 games and at least five rebounds in 15 of 31 games ... Collected six points, five rebounds and a season-high four steals versus Jackson State (Nov. 17) ... Ripped off a season’s best 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting coupled with five rebounds and three steals against Tulane (Nov. 19) ... Notched 10 points and six rebounds against Santa Clara (Nov. 25) ... Provided nine points and seven rebounds versus Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 14) ... Tacked on nine points and nine rebounds at Long Beach State (Dec. 16) ... Contributed eight rebounds and a season-high five assists against UNC Greensboro (Dec. 28) ... Turned in her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds at No. 9 Texas A&M (Jan. 11) ... Added seven points and equaled a career-high with four steals at No. 15 Mississippi State (Jan. 15) ... Came away with seven points and three rebounds versus Georgia (Feb. 19) ... Returned to the starting lineup at Ole Miss (Feb. 26) where she tallied three points, five rebounds and two steals ... Picked up five points and eight rebounds against No. 18 Texas A&M (March 6) during LSU’s quarterfinal win at the SEC Tournament.

JUNIOR SEASON (2013-14)
Bethel sat out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules after she spent her first two seasons at West Virginia.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012-13 AT WEST VIRGINIA) 
Saw action in 17 games and averaged 3.0 points per contest before sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 19 against Baylor … Scored seven points with three assists, four rebounds and two steals in a loss to LSU at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 23.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2011-12 AT WEST VIRGINIA)
Played in 25 games and averaged 3.8 points and 10.8 minutes per contest … Recorded a pair of double-figure scoring games, including 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting against North Carolina Central … Led WVU with a season-best nine rebounds in the Big East Championship semifinals against Notre Dame … Was perfect from the free throw line on six occasions, shooting 66.7 percent (14-of-21) for the season … Played in all five postseason games.

HIGH SCHOOL
Prepped at Academy of Holy Cross in Kensington, Md., and was named team MVP as a senior after producing 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game … Named first-team all-conference in the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference … Eclipsed 1,000 points for her career and was a first-team All-Gazette selection … Helped Holy Cross to a 15-4 team record and the WCAC semifinal game as a senior.

PERSONAL
Born April 15, 1993 in Baltimore, Md. … Daughter of Robert Bethel and Tammy Irvine … Has two older brothers – Vernon and Morgan and one older sister – Monatara … Majoring in mass communications.

BETHEL’S CAREER HIGHS

POINTS
18; UC Santa Barbara; 12/13/15
REBOUNDS
12; #24 Tennessee; 2/21/16
FIELD GOALS MADE
8; twice, last: UC Santa Barbara; 12/13/15
FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
14; UC Santa Barbara; 12/13/15
3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE
N/A
3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED
1; 3 times, last: Auburn; 2/1/16
FREE THROWS MADE
7; at #9 Texas A&M; 1/11/15
FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED
14; vs #13 Kentucky; 3/3/16
ASSISTS
5; 3 times, last: Ole Miss; 1/7/16
STEALS
5; Arkansas; 1/21/16
BLOCKS
2; twice, last: Arkansas; 1/21/16
MINUTES
39; at #12 Texas A&M; 2/18/16

BETHEL’S TOP SCORING GAMES
Rank; Points; Opponent; Date

1; 18; UCSB; 12/13/15
2; 17; vs Purdue; 11/27/15
2; 17; vs #13 Kentucky; 3/3/16
4; 16; Tulane; 11/19/14
4; 16; Ole Miss; 1/7/16
6; 13; vs Marist; 11/28/15
6; 13; at No. 9 Texas A&M; 1/11/15
8; 11; vs Maine; 11/29/15
9; 10; vs Tulane; 11/23/15
9; 10; vs. Santa Clara; 11/25/14
9; 10; Arkansas; 1/21/16
9; 10; at Georgia; 1/24/16
9; 10; Auburn; 2/1/16
9; 10; #11 Mississippi State; 2/4/16
9; 10; at #18 Kentucky; 2/7/16

 

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