NewsLady Cougars Add Another Important Hoops Recruit
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team has signed another important recruit for the 2005-2006 season with the addition of Ashley Brown, who has decided to further her education at MVNU and continue her basketball career with the Lady Cougars.
Brown, a 5-foot-9 guard/wing from Wadsworth, Ohio, helped lead Wadsworth High School to a 19-3 overall record and a 14-0 mark in the Suburban League as the team won its fourth straight league title and its 13th in the past 14 years. Wadsworth was ranked fourth in the final Division I state coaches’ poll and eighth in the final Division I Associated Press poll. Brown, who was recovering from off-season knee surgery, averaged 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game in her senior year as her team advanced to the district semifinals and she was named to the Medina County All-Star Team. She was also selected to the All-Suburban League Second Team as a junior.
"Ashley will be a great addition to our team and our campus next year,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She is highly regarded by all who know her. She has very strong character and is well respected for her intensity on the basketball floor. She spent time at both the point and shooting guard positions this past season. She could have had bigger numbers, but she took the role of deferring to her teammates. The biggest beneficiary was her team as they won another league title and advanced to the district semifinals.”
"Ashley spent last summer recovering from non-ACL knee surgery that slowed her a bit at the beginning of the season,” Gregory added. "She has good speed and was considered the team’s defensive stopper as she typically guarded the opposing team’s best player. She also gained valuable playing experience on one of the premiere teams in the state the past four years. She is such a great fit for us as a player, but more importantly as a student and a Christian. She is a person of the highest integrity and I see her being one of the spiritual leaders on our team. I really look forward to coaching her over the next four years.”
In addition to playing basketball, Brown has also been active on the track team at Wadsworth. She was also involved in the Principal’s Leadership Academy during the 2002-2003 school year.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Brown of her college choice. "The first reason was the Christian atmosphere. Secondly, the school has a great education program. I also wanted to continue my basketball career as a Lady Cougar.”
MVNU, an NAIA Division II school, finished the 2004-2005 season with a 7-20 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.