One member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's basketball team and two members of the MVNC men's basketball team were honored for their performances in games played during the week of December 11-17.
Angie Trainer, a 5-foot-10 junior guard/forward from Washington Court House, Ohio, was named the National Christian College Athletic Association Women's Basketball Player of the Week after she helped the Lady Cougars split their two games during the week.
In a 64-59 non-conference win at Ohio State University-Newark, the former Miami Trace High School star recorded nine points, a career-high seven steals, six rebounds, and four assists. In a 94-79 American Mideast Conference loss to Central State University, Trainer scored a career-high 36 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field and 11-of-14 shooting from the free throw line. For the week, she averaged 22.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 4.5 steals per game.
Trainer leads MVNC (8-1, 2-1 AMC) in scoring with a 15.7 points per game average. She also averages 6.2 rebounds per contest and has compiled 35 assists and 19 steals.
Kenny Chaffin, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Marysville, Ohio, was named the NCCAA Men's Basketball Player of the Week after guiding the Cougars to a 2-0 record for the week.
In a 116-98 non-conference win at Ohio State-Newark, Chaffin scored a career-high 35 points on 15-of-23 shooting from the field while also grabbing 13 rebounds. The former Marysville High School standout closed the week with 14 points and 12 rebounds in a 93-89 conference win over Central State. For the week, he averaged 24.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the field (20-of-42) and 81.8 percent from the free throw line (9-of-11).
Chaffin leads MVNC (8-4, 1-2 AMC) in scoring by averaging 21.6 points per game. He also averages 7.9 rebounds per contest and is the team leader with 14 blocked shots.
Konrod Morris, a 6-foot-3 sophomore forward from Kingston, Jamaica, was selected as the American Mideast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts in the Cougars' 2-0 week.
The former Wolmers High School product made his first two career starts during the week due to injuries to Matt Taylor, the team's leading rebounder, and Lenny Foyer. In the victory at Ohio State-Newark, Morris posted a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. He followed that performance with another double-double in the win over Central State with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. He also nailed 10-of-13 free throw attempts against the Marauders. For the week, Morris averaged 18.5 points and 12.0 rebounds per contest and shot 57.1 percent from the field (12-of-21) and 80 percent from the free throw line (12-of-15).
For the season, Morris is averaging 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He is also shooting 47.2 percent from the field (25-of-53) and 73.9 percent from the charity stripe (34-of-46).
The women's basketball team will return to action on December 29 at the University of Texas-Dallas at 8:00 p.m. EST. That will be the beginning of a three-game swing through Texas for the Lady Cougars.
The men's basketball team will be back in action on December 29 and 30 when the Cougars take part in the Palm Beach Atlantic (Fla.) College Tournament. MVNC will face Spring Hill (Ala.) College, ranked third in NAIA Division I, in the first game of the tournament at 7:00 p.m. EST on December 29.