The Indiana University Northwest Lady RedHawks have received commitments from three local high school seniors to play hoops for the team next season.
Calumet High School players Megan Leal, a 5-foot, 5-inch point guard, and Justine Jones, a 6-foot forward, both of Calumet, have committed to the Lady RedHawks for next year. Leal shot 29 percent from three-point range and averaged 9.3 points, 3.3 assists and 3.4 steals per game for the 19-4 Lady Warriors this season, while Jones averaged 3.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Calumet played in their sectional final game this season after winning a sectional title last year.
Also committing to the Lady RedHawks this week was 6-foot, 1-inch Lew Wallace starting center Chaniqua Brown.
Lady RedHawks head coach Ryan Shelton said that Brown, Leal and Jones would bring depth and experience to a resurgent IU Northwest team that finished 14-19 this season. Led by 6-foot, 3-inch Merrillville grad Sharon Houston, the Lady RedHawks enjoyed the best season in their history and won a first-round playoff game in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament earlier this month.
Also this week, Houston was named a 1st Team All-American by the USCAA.
In her first season at IU Northwest, Houston led the nation in scoring (24.8 p.p.g.), rebounds (15.7) and blocks (5.6). She also ranked first in the USCAA in double-doubles with 29 and sixth in field-goal percentage with 53.7 percent.
Houston was named USCAA Player of the Week or Co-Player of the Week four times during the season.