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June 11, 2002

Nelson commits to USI women’s basketball

The University of Southern Indiana women’s basketball team announced that junior college transfer Megan Nelson (Clarendon Hills, Illinois), a 6’2” center, has committed for the upcoming 2002-03 season. Nelson, a sophomore junior college transfer from the College of DuPage, is the fifth player to sign with Head Coach Rick Stein’s Screaming Eagles and will have three years eligibility.

As a freshman in 2001-02, Nelson’s 14 points and nine rebounds per game helped lead DuPage to an NJCAA Division III National Championship. Her efforts netted her first-team All-Conference and All-Region honors as well as third-team All-America honors. She was also named All-Tournament at the College of DuPage Holiday Invitational.

“Megan is a low post scorer with good hands and nice speed,” Stein said. “She can hit the 15-footer consistently which makes her tough to guard.”

A graduate of Hinsdale South High School in Darien, Illinois, Nelson earned All-Conference and All-Area honors. She helped lead her squad to four conference and regional championships.

An eight-time varsity letterwinner in basketball, soccer, and volleyball, Nelson also excelled in the classroom where she was a member of the National Honors Society, the French Club, and A.C.E. (Athletes Committed to Excellence).

“We had obvious needs in the paint and Megan will help us fill them right away,” Stein explained. “It’s exciting to know that she will have three years to compete in our program after winning a national championship at DuPage as a freshman.”

Dan McDonnell,
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