NewsLady Cougars Sign Cambridge Hoops Standout
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team has signed its first recruit for the 2004-2005 season as Madisyn Helton has committed to attend MVNU to further her education and continue her basketball career with the Lady Cougars.
Helton, a 6-foot-1 post from Cambridge, Ohio, averaged 15.8 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior at Cambridge High School. She also shot 74 percent from the free throw line and 50 percent from the field. As a junior, Helton was named to the All-Eastern District Team Third Team after earning All-Eastern District Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
"We are excited about Madisyn’s choice to continue her education and play basketball at MVNU,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She has a very bright future ahead of her. She is a very athletic post player who also has a soft perimeter jump shot. She can score in a variety of ways whether it is with her back to the basket or facing the basket.”
"Madisyn has also impressed me with her potential on defense,” Gregory added. "She times her jump very well and is a good shot blocker down deep in the post. She had a nice high school career and is ready to make the jump to a bigger, quicker, and more physical brand of basketball here at the college level.”
In addition to playing basketball, Helton was a four-year honor roll student. She has been involved in Drama Club, Mock Trial, and Student Council, and she is the president of Jobs for Ohio Graduates. She was also a three-time state qualifier in the 4x100 track relay, and she was the East Central Ohio League high jump champion as a senior as she cleared 4'10".
"While I am impressed with Madisyn as a player, I am equally impressed with her as a person,” said Gregory. "She comes from a strong Christian family and that will be a great influence as well as a fit within our team.”
"MVNU is everything that I was looking for in a college,” said Helton of her college choice. "The friendly atmosphere and Christian environment really led me in choosing MVNU. From the visits and the phone calls, I am very confident that I will fit in perfectly. I love all the girls on the basketball team, and I am really looking forward to playing with them.”
MVNU, an NAIA Division II school, finished the 2003-2004 season with a 7-22 overall record. The Lady Cougars, who won the National Christian College Athletic Association national title in 2001, compete in the American Mideast Conference South Division.