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Van Atta sets Trevecca wins record
Jan 16, 2013 12:00 am
NASHVILLE – When the Trevecca women’s basketball team defeated Central State 69-60 at the Trojan Fieldhouse on Saturday, they placed their coach, Gary Van Atta, atop the wins list at Trevecca.
Van Atta, who left Mt. Juliet High School to replace Julie (van Beek) Heisey at the helm of the program in 2005, has 163 wins, which is one more than Heisey.
Heisey, now in her eighth season at Seattle Pacific, was hired to restart the women’s basketball program at Trevecca in 1996 and amassed 162 wins in her nine seasons. She finished her Trevecca career with a 162-119 record. Van Atta, in his eighth season, owns a record of 163-81.
Van Atta, a Mt. Juliet native, is a graduate of Trevecca and the former team captain of the men’s basketball team. He coached the boys' team at his alma mater for one season [2004-05] between a stop at UT-Martin and Trevecca.
Mt. Juliet's Bell named conference Player of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS - The Great Midwest Athletic Conference has announced that Britt Bell, a 5-7 sophomore forward from Mt. Juliet, of Trevecca Nazarene University has been named G-MAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week.
After leading her team to two wins in conference, first over Cedarville (102-53) and then against Central State (69-60). In the two games last week, Bell scored 14 points and four rebounds in each game.
Against Cedarville, Bell recorded a very rare double-double as her 14 points were combined with 10 steals. She shot 4-7 from long range and added five assists, four rebounds, and a block shot to round out her stat line. In the victory over Central State, Bell scored four straight points with five minutes to go in the contest, putting the Trojans up 14 - the team's largest lead of the game.
Bell's 28 point week, moved her into a tie for the team lead in scoring and she also move into the top-ten in scoring for the conference, averaging 9.7 points per game. She also jumped to second in the conference in steals with 2.4 per game.