NewsLady Cougars Land First Hoops Recruit for 2005-2006
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 2005-2006 season with the addition of Rachel Fiely, who has decided to further her education at MVNU and continue her basketball career with the Lady Cougars.
Fiely, a guard from Greenville, Ohio, averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 2.9 steals per game as a senior at Greenville High School. She finished her career as the second-leading scorer in school history with over 1,200 points, and she helped lead Greenville to four straight Greater Western Ohio Conference Western Division titles and two sectional crowns. For her efforts, Fiely was named the GWOC Western Division Player of the Year and the Darke County Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior. She was also a two-time All-Ohio Honorable Mention selection and a three-time All-GWOC First Team and All-Darke County Team pick.
"I am elated that Rachel has chosen to continue her academic and athletic career here,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She is an outstanding student-athlete. She has maintained a 3.5 grade point average over the past four years while putting up some impressive statistics and earning some big honors. Her versatility on the court is a major plus for our program as we try to turn the corner. Not only can she score, she is a very good defender and a tireless worker. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and youthful exuberance to the table. She has good ball-handling skills, can slash to the basket, shoot the three-pointer, and find the open teammate. She is a very unselfish player who helped her high school team to tremendous success over the last four years.”
"I certainly have high expectations for Rachel after the illustrious career she put together at Greenville High School,” Gregory added. "Our personalities are a lot alike, and I think she has a good understanding of what we are trying to build her at MVNU and is excited to be a part of it. While her high school stats are very impressive, I doubt you will find a better person off the court than Rachel. That is reflected in her family and her upbringing. I look forward to working with her in the near future, and I’m excited about helping her reach her full potential on and off the court.”
In addition to playing basketball, Fiely was a two-year member of the volleyball team and is currently playing on the state-ranked softball team at Greenville. She is also a member of National Honor Society.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Fiely of her college choice. "The style of basketball and the way Coach Gregory and I interacted felt like a great fit for me. The distance from home is perfect for me, and the campus is everything I was looking for. The bottom line is I feel like I will get a great education and have the time of my life while I’m doing it.”
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.