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ATLANTA (April 7) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2020 WBCA Victory Club honorees today. Bethel’s Chris Nelson was included on the list after …
ATLANTA (April 7) — The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2020 WBCA Victory Club honorees today. Bethel’s Chris Nelson was included on the list after winning his 300th game this past season.
Coach Nelson, in his 14th season, was named the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after finishing the season at 29-4 (.879). The Wildcats finished the season qualifying for the 2020 championship for the 11th time and were ranked at No. 6 in the final Coaches’ Top 25. Coach Nelson led his team to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) tournament championship with a 65-59 win over Martin Methodist (Tenn.). Bethel also won the SSAC regular season title with a 15-1 mark. Bethel finished the season with a 21-game winning streak, which is the second longest in program history. The Lady Cats would have been making their eighth straight appearance in the national tournament.
Bethel was 15-0 at home on the year. Under Nelson’s guidance the Lady Cats are 122-15 all-time in Crisp Arena and 60-4 versus league opponents in the building. Bethel completed play in the SSAC at 112-18.
Nelson captured his 300th career win on January 2 when the Lady Wildcats beat Stillman College 76-38. He finished the season with a 317-142 career mark.
Bethel finished third in the nation in field goal defense at 33 percent. Bethel was third in the nation in scoring defense at 53.9. The Cats were 19-1 when holding opponents to 54 points or less.
Nelson had three players named to the NAIA All-American teams this season. Tyasia Willis was named to the second team while Morgan Martin and Tasia Jones were named to the honorable mention squad.
The WBCA Victory Club honor is bestowed annually on each WBCA-member head coach who achieves a milestone of 200, 300, 400, 500 or more career victories during the current season on the level of competition at which they currently coach. Victories recorded at differing levels of competition cannot be combined.