NewsMiddletown Hoops Player Chooses Lady Cougars
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 2006-2007 season with the addition of Ann Terhune, who has decided to further her education at MVNU and continue her basketball career with the Lady Cougars.
Terhune, a 6-foot-1 forward/center from Middletown, Ohio, averaged 8.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per game as a senior at Middletown High School to go along with a career-high 65 blocked shots. She was named to the All-Southwest Ohio Honorable Mention Team as a junior as well as being selected to the Middletown Journal Second Team. She was a two-time recipient of her team’s Best Defensive Player Award and received the team’s Best Offensive Player Award as a senior as a co-captain.
"We are very happy that Ann has decided to continue her education and basketball career here,” said MVNU head coach Steve Gregory. "She will be a great addition to our campus community as well as to our basketball team. After playing three varsity sports the past four years, we are thrilled that she has decided to concentrate on basketball in college. She has a lot of potential and narrowing things down and focusing on one sport will enable her to reach her full potential.”
"Ann had a very solid season statistically, but her numbers could have been even better if she would have been able to get the ball down on the low block with more frequency,” Gregory added. "As she gets into college and has better teammates around her, the expectation is that she will contribute in a much bigger way. She also has the ability to play on the perimeter, and that versatility was a big selling point to our program. We are always looking for kids who can play more than one spot on the floor. She is athletic and we will look to take full advantage of that. She is a very good rebounder and shot blocker, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with her over the next four years.”
In addition to playing basketball, Terhune was a member of the varsity volleyball and softball teams at Middletown as she earned a total of 12 varsity letters. She earned the National School Orchestra Association Award in 2006, the 3.4 and Above Academic Achievement Award, and first place from the Ohio Future Educators Association for her theme poster.
"I chose to attend MVNU because I felt it was necessary to go to a college that had a good atmosphere along with strong Christian beliefs,” said Terhune. "Christianity has always been an important aspect of my everyday life, and through God I have achieved many wonderful things. As soon as I went on a campus visit, I knew that MVNU was the place for me. I really enjoyed meeting the staff and coaches - the school seems to have an aura of its own and I truly love that.”
"Another important part of my decision involved the size of the school,” Terhune added. "Going to Middletown High School, I experienced attending a large school, but for my college life I would rather opt to attend a smaller school. Another bonus is that Mount Vernon is only three hours away from home, so my parents will have the opportunity to attend some of my games.”
MVNU, an NAIA Division II school, finished the 2005-2006 season with a 15-14 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.