BELLEVUE, Neb. -- The Bellevue University women's basketball team, under head coach Dave Denly, announced today the addition of 5-11 forward Marylyn Mozena (Weeping Water, Neb./Weeping Water HS) to the program. Mozena, a former BU volleyball player, has opted to continue her academic and athletic careers at Bellevue with the basketball team effective for the 2017-18 school year.
The daughter of Lawrence and Mary, Mozena joins the basketball team after a two-year stint with the volleyball team. With the volleyball team Mozena appeared in 69 matches over her first two seasons on campus totaling 288 kills, 131 digs, 35 blocks, and 13 service aces. As a sophomore Mozena recorded 30 kills in the Bruins' three matches at the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City.
Mozena was a force on her high school basketball team scoring a program-record 1,511 points and pulling down a program-record 738 rebounds during her standout career. She totaled 470 points (a single-season school record) during her senior year to go along with 186 rebounds, 31 three-pointers, 75 steals, and 31 assists. Mozena also holds school records for points in a game (38), rebounds in a game (16), rebounds in a season (208), career steals (314), and highest free throw percentage in a season (69%).
Coach Denly on Marylyn Mozena:
"We are excited to be able to add Marylyn to the BU basketball family. Marylyn is a terrific athlete and we're hoping that she'll be able to step in as an active contributor right away. Marylyn is a terrific all-around person and someone that we are proud to have on our team."
Mozena joins earlier signees Jamie Winkler (Louisville, Neb./Louisville HS), Morgan Cuffe (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS/North Iowa Area CC), Riley Galvin (Cresco, Iowa/Crestwood HS/North Iowa Area CC), and Shayla Dean (Zearing, Iowa/Colo-NESCO HS/Des Moines Area CC) in the Bruins 2017 recruiting class.
The Bruins posted a 16-15 overall record as they completed their inaugural season in 2016-17. The team went 9-7 in NSAA play during the regular-season to earn a home game in the NSAA Tournament Quarterfinals. The team returns 11 letter-winners as they look to build on the foundation set in their debut campaign last season.