Indiana University Northwest forward Sharon Houston has earned National Player of the Week honors for the first week of January 2009 from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, the organization announced this week. It is the third time this season that Houston has earned this distinction from the USCAA.
Houston, the 6-foot, 3-inch freshman from Merrillville High School, scored 32 points, grabbed 25 rebounds, and fell just three blocks shy of a triple-double in the Lady RedHawks’ 74-69 home loss to Indiana Tech on Jan. 3. Houston played all 40 minutes for the shorthanded RedHawk squad, which went into the game with only seven available players.
Houston was named Co-Player of the Week along with Tenesha Parker of Robert Morris-Springfield, who led her team to a holiday tournament victory. Houston previously had been named the USCAA’s Player of the Week in November and December. She was also named Female Athlete of the Week for the NAIA’s Association of Independent Institutions for the week ending Dec. 8.
Houston and the Lady RedHawks next play at home on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. versus Andrews University. This weekend, the women go on the road to Grand Rapids, Mich., where they will play Kuyper College on Friday, Jan. 9, and Grace Bible College on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Founded in 2001, the United States Collegiate Athletic Association is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level for smaller institutions of higher learning and their student-athletes. The USCAA has approximately 65 member schools that compete in women's collegiate basketball.