Anne Nussbaum, a member of the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's basketball team, has been named the National Christian College Athletic Association National Player of the Week for her efforts in games played March 9-15.
Nussbaum, a 5-foot-6 sophomore guard from Mount Vernon, Ohio, helped the sixth-seeded Lady Cougars to a fourth place finish at the 1998 NCCAA National Tournament as MVNC finished its season with a 19-18 overall record.
In a 75-68 overtime upset victory over third-seeded Trinity Christian (IL) College, Nussbaum tossed in 18 points (one shy of her career high). She nailed a career-high five three-pointers and added three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
In the semifinals, Nussbaum led the team with 15 points and four steals as MVNC lost 86-77 to seventh-seeded Indiana Wesleyan University. She canned three more treys and finished with three rebounds, three assists, and one blocked shot.
Against fifth-seeded Oakland City (IN) University, Nussbaum tossed in 16 points as the Lady Cougars dropped a hard-fought 68-62 decision in the third-place game. She drilled four more three-pointers and recorded four steals, one rebound, and one assist.
For the tournament, Nussbaum averaged 16.3 points per game (more than double her season average going in of 7.5 points per game). She connected on 12-of-21 three-point attempts for a scorching tournament-record 57.1 percent. She shot 51.7 percent (15-for-29) from the field overall, and contributed seven rebounds, six assists, and 10 steals.
Nussbaum finished the season leading the team in three-point accuracy by canning 50 of her 122 attempts from beyond the arc (41.0 percent). She averaged 8.2 points per game for the season, but reached double figures in each of the final eight games. She was also second on the team with 62 steals.