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Indiana Northwest's Houston Stands Tall in Win Over Mighty Oaks

December 20, 2010

Dec. 20, 2010

 

Story courtesy of Indiana Northwest Sports Information

GARY, Ind. - In Indiana Northwest’s 75-58 win over NCAA Division II Oakland City University on Dec. 17, 2010 NAIA Division II All-American Sharon Houston matched her own school-record of 43 points, while adding 29 rebounds and 3 blocks. The 6-4 Houston was superb going 17-of-24 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the line, despite double teams from the tandem of 6-foot-1 Oakland City post players.

Houston helped IU Northwest open up a 10-point advantage with a dominant first half in which she collected 26 points and 16 rebounds, including the RedHawks first 10 points of the game.

"We played well defensively and rebounded well as a team which was a key, however we didn’t shoot the ball well and we may not have won without the special performance by Sharon," said IU Northwest head coach Ryan Shelton after the game.

Despite Houston’s gaudy numbers, her 43 points only matched a career-high and school record set last season. Her 29 rebounds were second most to the 31 boards she grabbed earlier this season in a win over Trinity Christian (Ill.) on Dec. 9. The junior forward leads all NAIA DII players in blocks and rebounding.

"Sharon’s performance was special and she is one the best players in the country," Shelton said. "She’s great every night, but was definitely on tonight."

The RedHawks used clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch by junior guard Nina Wills (10-of-10) and three second-half treys by backcourt mate Juliette Keller to halt a second half run by the Mighty Oaks (5-5). Oakland City had trimmed the lead to eight with just under three minutes to play. Keller ended the night with nine points, while freshman forward Marissa Butler chipped in eight points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Jenelle Kapelinski pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists.

With the victory, the RedHawks improved to 8-2 on the season.