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Covenant Athletes of the Month - January: Joanna Smith and Bailey Spragg

Image graphic showing Joanna Smith (left) and Bailey Spragg (right)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant Athletes of the Month sponsored by Atlantic Capital, the official bank of the Covenant Scots, for the month of January are women's basketball senior Joanna Smith and men's basketball senior Bailey Spragg.

The Covenant Athletes of the Month is a new initiative aiming to recognize the best female and male athletes and their performances during a month. It is the second time this year that Smith has been honored, and the first for Spragg.

Smith, a senior from Chattanooga, Tenn., averaged 11.4 points, while shooting 54.4 percent from the field, with 7.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.0 assists per game in nine contests during the month. The senior scored in double figures in six games, including a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds against Berea on Jan. 9. She also registered a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards at Huntingdon on Jan. 19.

For the season, Smith is currently averaging 12.1 points to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game and ranks fifth in the USA South in field goal percentage at 51.4 percent.

Spragg, a senior from Windermere, Fla., continued a strong senior season by averaging 14.6 points, 7.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.7 steals per game to help the Scots to a 7-2 record during the month. Spragg scored in double figures in all nine games, with a 21-point effort at Pfeiffer on Jan. 5. He became the 28th member of Covenant's 1,000 Point Club on Jan. 25 against Brevard. The senior had 12 assists at Concordia (Texas) to open the month and had at least five dimes in every game. In a three-point win at Averett, Spragg led the Scots to the key conference win with his 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists.

Currently, Spragg is fifth in the nation in assists per game at 6.8, while ranking third in total assists with 142. On the year, Spragg is averaging 13.5 points with 5.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 79.1 percent at the free throw line.


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