With four of the top ten three-point shooters in school history graduating after this season, the Mount Vernon Nazarene College women's basketball team took a step towards replacing them with the addition of Lisa Weller.
Weller, a 5-foot-5 guard from Carthage, New York, broke her own school record for most three-pointers made in a season as she increased her total each year at Carthage High School. She nailed 28 treys as a sophomore, 51 as a junior, and 54 as a senior. She also set the single-game school mark by making five three-pointers in a game.
Weller, who scored 1,135 career points, was selected to the Northern Athletic Conference All-Star Team in each of her final three seasons. She was also named to the New York All-State Team following her junior year, and she averaged 14.5 points per game as a senior.
"I am excited about the addition of Lisa to our team," said MVNC head coach Steve Gregory. "She handles the ball very well and has good quickness. She also shoots the ball very well from the perimeter and comes from a pretty strong high school program in New York."
"I expect Lisa to come in and challenge our other guards for playing time," Gregory added. "She will probably play mostly at the point guard position, but because of her smooth outside shot, she may play some at the shooting guard spot. Lisa has done very well academically and has a strong Christian background. She will be a nice fit here academically, athletically, and spiritually."
Weller, who plans to major in Elementary Education at MVNC, has been a member of the high honor roll at Carthage. "The reason that I want to attend MVNC is because I want to be surrounded by a Christian atmosphere," she said. "I like the size of the campus and the student-teacher ratio. However, my main reason for choosing MVNC is because I love the Christian atmosphere and standards."
The Lady Cougars are coming off a 20-16 season in which they won their third straight National Christian College Athletic Association East Region title. MVNC also advanced to the NCCAA National Tournament for the third straight year and posted only the second 20-win season in school history.