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Sharon Houston's jersey to hang in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame for second time

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


The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has again requested the 2011-12 jersey worn by IU Northwest All-American Sharon Houston.

The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame has again requested the 2011-12 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 2011-12.

Last season, Houston (Merrillville) led the Lady RedHawks to a 19-12 season, including a school-record of 16 consecutive wins. And, ranked as a #2 seed in the A.I.I. Conference Championship Tournament.

Houston led the nation in three categories: scoring (20.2), rebounding (11.2), and blocks (3.6). Houston ranked in the top 20 nationally in eight total categories thus receiving NAIA All-American honors (2nd team) for the third 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 2013.

"It is a great honor to be recognized among this year's women's basketball All-Americans," Houston said. "I would like to thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches who have contributed to my success throughout my career."

Houston will earn her bachelors of science in Criminal Justice this May and is currently preparing for a professional basketball career overseas.

"To be recognized amongst the nation's top players in this way by the Hall of Fame is truly a great 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 four 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 inclusion and recognition of Sharon in Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Ring of Honor Exhibit.”

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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