NewsLady Cougars to Honor Two Seniors before Home Finale
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team will honor its two senior players before the Lady Cougars’ final home game of the season against Seton Hill (Pa.) University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Amanda Triplett, a forward from Rockford, Ohio, has averaged 4.0 points and 4.3 rebounds per game this season after joining the team following four years as a standout on both the MVNU volleyball and softball teams. The former All-Ohioan at Parkway High School has played in 27 games and made 18 starts.
"Amanda has been a great addition to our team,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She has worked very hard and filled a need for us in our big forward spot. She has great strength and has really come along this season. My only regret is that I don’t have three more years to work with her to help her reach her full potential as a basketball player.”
"Amanda is a very versatile player,” Gregory added. "We could play her at the center position because she is strong and has good size, and we have played her at the forward spot because she has pretty good perimeter skills. She has surprised opponents with her perimeter shooting ability from behind the three-point arc.”
Jenni Davis, a guard from Cardington, Ohio, is wrapping up a solid four-year career by averaging 11.1 points and a team-high 3.6 assists per game this season. The former Cardington-Lincoln High School standout recently became the 14th player in Lady Cougars’ history to reach the 1,000-point mark, and she also ranks second in career three-pointers made (170), third in career free throws made (281), and fifth in career assists (295). Earlier this season, Davis tied the school record by making seven three-pointers versus the University of Rio Grande, and she also holds the school record by making 27 straight free throws during the 1999-2000 season.
A standout in the classroom as well, Davis has a 3.89 grade point average as an Integrated Language Arts major. She is an NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association Academic All-American. Even more impressive is the fact that she has compiled this GPA while playing two sports all four years. (She is also a four-year member of the Lady Cougars’ softball team.)
"Jenni has had an outstanding basketball career at MVNU,” said Gregory. "She helped us to back-to-back 20-win seasons and a NCCAA national title in 2001. She has been a critical factor in the success of our program over the past four years.”
"Jenni is a very intelligent player who is very versatile,” Gregory added. "She has been such a strong perimeter shooter that we put her in the shooting guard position. She handles the ball well enough that she also sees plenty of time at the point guard spot. She has always been good at dissecting our opponents’ defenses and getting us into the proper offense. She has also been a captain for the past two years and has had a tremendous work ethic on the floor and in the classroom. She has exemplified Christian character and has been a very strong role model for all to see.”
MVNU is currently 9-19 overall on the season and 2-15 in American Mideast Conference play. Tuesday’s game against Seton Hill is the team’s final scheduled game, but the Lady Cougars may still make up their conference game at Urbana University that was postponed on Saturday due to the bad weather.