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Sharon Houston’s jersey to hang in Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame

Knoxville-based HOF requests All-American’s No. 23 for inclusion in ‘Ring of Honor’ exhibit


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Sharon Houston, IU Northwest All-American

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame has requested the 2010-11 jersey worn by Indiana University Northwest All-American Sharon Houston. The Hall of Fame, located in Knoxville, Tenn., will display the jersey in its Ring of Honor exhibit, which recognizes approximately 100 collegiate and high school All-Americans for their outstanding play in 2010-11.  

Last season, Houston (Merrillville) led the Lady RedHawks to their third consecutive 20-win season and second consecutive A.I.I. Championship and NAIA National Tournament appearance. The RedHawks finished the season 22-9 and Houston led the nation in three categories: scoring (23.6), rebounding (16.1), and blocks (3.6). Houston ranked in the top 10 nationally in nine total categories and received NAIA All-American honors (2nd team) for the second straight year.

The Ring of Honor is an annual exhibit for the Women’s Basketball HOF that recognizes the nation’s finest players. Houston’s jersey bearing her number 23 will be on loan to the HOF through May 2012.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized among the many great players in women's basketball,” Houston said. “I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have contributed to my success throughout my career."

Houston is preparing for her senior year at IU Northwest and her final season with the RedHawks, who are looking to compete for an NAIA national title in 2011-12.  

“To be recognized amongst the nation’s top players in this way by the Hall of Fame is a terrific honor for Sharon, as well as for IU Northwest and our basketball program,” RedHawk head coach Ryan Shelton said. “Sharon’s outstanding play over the past three years has helped us to build a nationally recognized women’s basketball program. She is very deserving of this honor, and we sincerely appreciate the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for including Sharon in the Ring of Honor.”

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame opened in June 1999. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to all levels of women's basketball. The Hall is filled with multimedia presentations and numerous basketball artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, medals, trophies, and old uniforms that bring the history of women's basketball to life.

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