The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's basketball team has added another player to its 2001-2002 recruiting class with the addition of Carrie Eckstein.
Eckstein, a 5-foot-10 forward from Grove City, Ohio, has decided to transfer to MVNC from Ohio Dominican College after spending her freshman season on the Lady Panthers' team. The former First Team All-Conference performer at Grove City High School averaged 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 30 games as a freshman at Ohio Dominican. In high school, she led her team to a 61-10 record from 1997-2000 with three district runner-up finishes as she became only the fourth player in school history to record 600 career points and 500 career rebounds.
"Carrie comes to MVNC with a year of college play under her belt as well as coming from a very successful high school program," said MVNC head coach Steve Gregory. "She will come in and compete for playing time at the big forward position for us. She is a versatile player who can go inside or outside offensively. She is not bashful about taking the three-point shot or going down into the post and mixing things up a little bit. She is also a solid defender and will be utilized in a lot of situations."
"Carrie has also done well academically," Gregory added. "I look forward to the opportunity to help her reach her full potential athletically, academically, and spiritually while under my watch."
In addition to playing basketball at Grove City High School, Eckstein was also an All-Conference selection on the volleyball team. She was on the honor roll for four years with a 3.8 grade point average, and she was active on student council as a class officer. She was also a member of the 2000 homecoming court.
"There are several reasons why I chose to transfer to MVNC," said Eckstein, who plans to study business administration. "MVNC has a good Christian atmosphere where I feel my educational needs will be met. The reputation of the school for having small classes and friendly professors was also very appealing to me."
The Lady Cougars posted a 20-12 overall record this year for their second straight 20-win season. MVNC also won the National Christian College Athletic Association national title despite entering the NCCAA National Tournament as the eighth-seed at the eight-team tournament.