NewsLady Cougars Sign Wayne Trace Basketball Player
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team has added another recruit for the 2005-2006 season with the addition of Bethany Hughes, who has decided to further her education at MVNU and continue her basketball career with the Lady Cougars.
Hughes, a 5-foot-8 guard from Payne, Ohio, averaged 10.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game as a senior at Wayne Trace High School. She was selected as the Paulding County Player of the Year and named to the Green Meadows Conference Second Team as well as earning a spot on the Van Wert County First Team. A third-year varsity player and a captain, Hughes was also selected as the team’s Most Valuable Player.
"I am delighted that Bethany has chosen MVNU as the place to continue her basketball career,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She will be a very good addition to our team in many ways. She comes from a very good family and will fit in well academically, spiritually, and socially.”
"Bethany will come in and compete for time at the shooting and off guard positions,” Gregory added. "She offers up a little more size and strength to those positions. I look forward to working with Bethany and helping her continue to develop on and off the basketball court over the next four years.”
In addition to playing basketball, Hughes has been active in National Honor Society, Student Council, Teen Institute, Teens Needing Teens, Yearbook, Band, and FFA. She has been selected as the Student of the Month and received the Science Departmental Award as well as being named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU,” said Hughes of her college choice. "When I visited MVNU, everyone made me feel at home. The first time I visited I knew that this was where I wanted to go to college. Also, the good Christian environment helped me make my decision to attend MVNU.”
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.