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Houston named an NAIA All-American for the second consecutive season

Kym Daniels wins Champions of Character award

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Sharon Houston

The Lady RedHawks might not have won a national championship in Iowa at the NAIA National Tournament this month, but their players brought home some hardware just the same.

Junior Sharon Houston (Merrillville) was named to the NAIA’s All-American second team, after being named to the third team last season. And her fellow junior, Kymberli Daniels (Hammond Morton), took home the NAIA Champions of Character Award.  

Houston finished her junior season tied for the lead in points per game with 23.6 and ranked first in rebounds (16.1) and blocks (3.6) per game. She has ranked either first or second in these three categories in each of first three season with the RedHawks. Her average of 16.1 rebounds per game is the highest of Houston’s career.  

"IU Northwest, along with Sharon's teammates and coaches, congratulate her on a tremendous season,” said head coach Ryan Shelton. “Sharon's numbers speak for themselves and indicate that she is one of the nation's elite players. It's obvious what she means to our team's success, and that unquestionably makes her very deserving of All-American honors."

Houston ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage (.583), and earlier this season became the first player in the program's history to surpass 2,000 points for her career. She was also named the Association of Independent Institutions’ Conference Player of the Year for the third consecutive season.

Junior forward Kymberli Daniels was the Lady RedHawks’ second recipient of the NAIA Champions of Character Award, which is given annually at the NAIA National Tournament to the member of each team who best represents the principles of sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play that are emphasized by the association. Last year, senior Erica Baran won the award when IU Northwest made its first-ever trip to the national tourney.

Daniels is a three-year letter winner for the back-to-back A.I.I. champion Lady RedHawks. She was selected by her teammates and coaches to receive this year's Champions of Character award.

"In addition to the many contributions Kym has made on the court, it's what she does off the court that makes her stand out,” Shelton said. “Kym is a solid player and a dedicated student; however, she is easily one of the best teammates we have. Her contributions to the IU Northwest campus and to the community are considerable, and she continues to make an impact on others each and every day.”

Daniels is a psychology major who balances her heavy academic and athletic commitments with coaching youth softball and volleyball. She also contributes to local charities supported by IU Northwest Women's Basketball and is a fixture at the RedHawk Summer Basketball Camp for Kids.

"There is no question that our team could not have enjoyed the success we have experienced without Kym,” her coach said. “She is a good example of why collegiate athletics is important not only to our student-athletes but to our campus and the community. She is an integral part of our success, and her teammates, and coaches are extremely proud of her.”

The Lady RedHawks went 22-9 this season and played in their second consecutive NAIA D-II National Tournament. IU Northwest won its second straight A.I.I. Conference Championship in February and played competitively in an opening-round 76-61 loss to Morningside College in March.


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