The Mount Vernon Nazarene
University womens basketball team has
signed an important recruit for the
2009-2010 season as Emily Steveley has
decided to further her education and
continue her basketball career by attending
a 6-foot guard/forward from Wapakoneta,
Ohio, averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds
for Wapakoneta High School as they posted a
25-2 record and finished as the Ohio
Division II state runner-up. She also
compiled 84 assists, 31 steals, and tied for
the team lead with 18 blocked shots. The
four-year varsity letterwinner was a Western
Buckeye League Special Mention pick and a
participant in the District 8 All-Star Game.
"We are very pleased that Emily has made
the decision to attend MVNU and play
basketball next year, said MVNU coach Steve
Gregory. "She had a very good senior season
that ended at Value City Arena in the state
championship game. Unfortunately,
(Wapakoneta) lost, but their team
experienced an amazing journey.
"Emily brings a lot of versatility to the
table with her 6-foot frame and
ball-handling abilities, Gregory continued.
"I think she will fit nicely for us in the
big guard/small forward position and I
expect her to compete for time right away.
She can slash, shoot the mid-range and
long-range jumpers, and she is a solid
rebounder and a very good defender.
"Emily is a strong Christian kid who will
fit in very well with our team both on and
off the floor, Gregory added. "I look
forward to seeing her in the blue and green
and representing MVNU next year.
In addition to playing basketball at
Wapakoneta, Steveley was also a four-year
letterwinner in track and cross country and
was a district champion in cross country in
2006. She also received four academic
"I chose MVNU because I was looking for a
smaller university with Christian values,
said Steveley of her college choice. "I felt
very welcomed during my admissions visit. I
have one sister who graduated from MVNU and
another one now attending who both love it.
I know I can get a good education at MVNU. I
believe God has led me there. Playing
basketball for the team is just a bonus.
MVNU finished the 2008-2009 season with a
27-9 overall record - the best in school
history - as the Lady Cougars captured their
third National Christian College Athletic
Association national title and also finished
as the American Mideast Conference