The Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's basketball team has taken another step in filling out its roster for the 2000-2001 season with the addition of another top recruit, Monica Mohler.
Mohler, a 5-foot-5 point guard from Northridge High School, has signed a letter of intent to further her education and continue her basketball career at MVNC. Mohler currently leads the Mount Vernon News area in scoring with a 19.4 points per game average. She also recently became the first player (male or female) in Northridge's history to top the 1,000-point mark in career scoring. She is a two-time All-Conference and All-District selection.
In addition, Mohler holds the career assists record for the Vikings. She also has the second-highest single-game scoring mark at 33 points. She has participated in AAU basketball since 1996, and she helped the Ohio Lady Hoopsters to a fifth-place finish nationally in 1998. She is also a member of National Honor Society.
"We are excited about Monica joining our program," said MVNC head coach Steve Gregory. "She adds a lot to the mix. She is quick, she handles the ball really well, and she knows how to get to the basket. She is a scoring point guard."
"Monica is one of those players with a lot of potential," Gregory added. "Her work ethic is going to help her reach that potential. If she reaches her full potential, then she is going to make our team very good."
Mohler, who plans to major in Sports Management, had several reasons for choosing MVNC. "I like the campus and it is close to home so my family can go to all my games," she said. "I also know a lot of the girls who are going there. I played basketball with Lisa Beaver (Mount Vernon High School) and she signed to go there. I also played with Carrie McClelland (Fredericktown High School), and she is going there to play volleyball. It's nice to be able to go to school with girls you already know."
The Lady Cougars wrapped up the regular season with a 16-13 overall record and a 10-10 mark in the rugged American Mideast Conference. MVNC is the fourth seed in the AMC Division II Tournament that starts on Tuesday. The Lady Cougars will host fifth-seeded Tiffin University at 7:00 p.m.