The 2011-2012 basketball season was very successful one for the Trinity Bible College Lady Lions, three championships and a trip to the NCCAA DII National Tournament. The Lady Lions went to the NCCAA DII National Tournament for the first time since 1990 and got seed #6 and faced the host school #3 Ohio Christian University. Unfortunately, the Lady Lions went 0-3 in the tournament losing the to the #3 seed Ohio Christian in the first round 78 to 61, #7 seed Valley Forge 60 to 46 in the second round and in the 7th place game they would lose a heartbreaker 54 to 53 to the #8 seed Grace University.
The Trinity Bible College Lady Lions had three players recognized at the NCCAA DII Women’s National Tournament Banquet of Champions, seniors Jessie Wagler (Dallas, TX) and JaNae Molan (Howard, SD) and junior Treva Nutter (Thedford, NE) were honored by being named a NCCAA Scholar Athlete, an award given out to players who are in their junior or senior year who have an accumulative 3.4 GPA (grade point average) or better. Junior Treva Nutter was also honored by being named NCCAA DII First Team All-American.
The Lady Lions had three players named to a North Central Region Team; sophomore Kayla Droste (Ingalls, KS) was named Second Team All-Region, and Junior Shianne Montgomery (Charlo, MT) as named First Team All-Region. Junior Treva Nutter was named North Central Region Most Valuable Player and Head Coach Rachael Nowell was named North Central Region Coach of the Year.
For the third straight season the Lady Lions won the NIAC Conference Tournament and went 8-0 in the NIAC regular season. The Lady Lions defeat St. Cloud Technical and Community College in the championship game 76 to 58 making them back to back to back NIAC champions. Junior guard Treva Nutter was named NIAC Conference Most Valuable Player, while Shianne Montgomery, Kylie Flemmer (Beulah, ND) and Kayla Droste were named to the NIAC Conference’s “All-Conference Team” and Hannah Daly was named “Honorable Mention”. Also, the Lady Lion’s head coach, Rachael Nowell was named NIAC Conference Coach of the Year.
The Trinity Lady Lions also played in the NIAC-MCAC Crossover Tournament, which was hosted by Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, MN. For the second straight year the Lady Lions advanced to championship game and the Lady Lions would win the championship for the second year in a row. The Lady Lions had three players named to the All Tournament Team, freshman center Hannah Daly who on the weekend averaged a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds per game, sophomore guard Kylie Flemmer who averaged 14 points per game and junior guard Treva Nutter was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals per game on the weekend.
The Lady Lions finished their 2011-2012 season with a 22-15 record. The Lions will be saying good bye to only two seniors, Jessie Wagler and JaNae Molan. That leaves the Lions with nine returners for next year, including the top six players who logged the most minutes for the Lady Lions on the season.
Leading the Lady Lions in scoring on the season was junior Treva Nutter, who scored a total of 630 points on the year and averaged 17.5 points per game (6th in the nation), along with 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists (5th in the nation) and 2.9 steals per game. Treva shot an outstanding 80.4% from the free throw line on the season, placing her 4th in the nation and she shot 41.9% from the field. Freshman Hannah Daly (Thedford, NE) led the lions in rebounds this season with a total of 226, averaging 6.8 rebounds per game to go with her 8.3 points per game. Also averaging double figures for the Lady Lions was junior Shianne Montgomery with 11.9 points per game, along with 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Shianne finished 14th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at 32.2%.
The Trinity Bible College Lady Lions would like to say Thank You to all of the fans who, cheered for, watched and supported them all season long and they look forward to next season!