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Beaven bound for Bellarmine

One of Indiana’s best senior post players will be making the journey out of state to continue her basketball career.
Last week, Corydon Central’s Dana Beaven, who was named to the First Team by Hoosier Basketball Magazine and graces the cover of the Indiana Basketball Guide, signed a national letter of intent to play college hoops at Bellarmine University.
With the help of redshirt senior Lynne Johnson (a graduate of Corydon Central’s highly-touted Class of 2000), the Lady Knights, who play at the NCAA Division II level, are considered front-runners for the Great Lakes Valley Conference crown this year.
A talented crop of freshmen and sophomores that include Angela Smith (Floyd Central), Ashley Elmore (Jennings County) and Tricia Todd (Assumption) ‘ along with Beaven’s signing for next year ‘ will help keep Bellarmine on the map.
Beaven said several other schools were in the running, and she seriously considered heading to Indiana State.
‘But they told me at the beginning of the school year that they were done recruiting, so I let the other colleges come to me,’ Beaven said. ‘Bellarmine called just about every day. I was kind of iffy about it at first and then I thought about it and things made sense.
‘There’s nothing wrong with going DII. It’s close by and people can still come watch me and it’s a good program.’
Beaven will be no stranger to BU’s hardwood: she played there on a summer league and really liked the atmosphere.
The 6-0 forward says she wants to major in education and be a health and physical education teacher.
Signing last week has taken scads of pressure of Beaven.
‘I don’t have to worry about performing for college scouts. That always messes up my game and now I can just go out and play and help my team out,’ she said.
Corydon’s lone senior said that while she’s looking forward to possibly being named to the Indianapolis Star Indiana All-star team, she wants bigger things for her ball club.
‘If I score 30 points and we lose, I don’t want that. I want to win more than I want to score points,’ Beaven said. ‘Like tonight (against Charlestown), I don’t care that I didn’t score 30 points. We won and that’s all I want.
‘Our goals are to win conference, sectional and beyond. I think we can go all the way if we play our game.’