Former MHC Basketball Player Inducted into SAC Hall of FameJuly 16, 2012
MARS HILL, N.C.-- Denise Shelton (Cline) has been inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Along with four other inductees, Denise was honored in a ceremony that took place at the Biltmore Hilton in Asheville, NC on June 7th, 2012.
Shelton was a guard for the Mars Hill College women’s basketball team from 1998-2002. She was SAC Female Athlete of the Year in 2002, Kodak All-American in 2002, Daktronics All-American in 2002, Kodak Honorable Mention All-American in 2000, SAC Player of the Year twice (2000 & 2002), All South Atlantic Region in 2001 & 2002, All-SAC four years (1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002), SAC Freshmen of the Year in 1999, SAC Tournament MVP in 2002, NCAA South Atlantic Region Tournament MVP in 2002.
At the time of induction, Shelton held school records for most career points (2,162), most points in a single season (695), scoring average in a single season (22.4) and Conference career scoring average (19.7). She was team Co-Captain and helped lead the Lady Lions to SAC Tournament title, Southeast Region title and Elite 8 appearance in 2002. Denise was a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll four years and was inducted into the Mars Hill College Hall of Fame in 2010.
A Madison County native, Denise is the daughter of Roger & Felicia Shelton and the granddaughter of Charles & Yvonne Bishop (of Marshall, NC) and Paul & Vernice Shelton (of Shelton Laurel, NC). Currently, Denise resides in Denver, North Carolina and is a nuclear chemist at Duke Energy.