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Skylarr Shurn Mentioned in Sports Illustrated

April 25, 2014
By: Bill Scott, Saint Francis (Ind.) Sports Information Director

NEW YORK, N.Y – For real. University of Saint Francis senior Skylarr Shurn will be in Sports Illustrated's 'Faces in the Crowd' when the April 21 issue lands in newsstands and subscribers' mailboxes on Wed., April 16.

Shurn, who led the Lady Cougars to their first NAIA Division II championship and an undefeated season in March, is the first USF student-athlete featured in 'Faces in the Crowd in at least the last 13 years.

"I first heard about it on Twitter," Shurn said when asked how she heard about the rare honor for an NAIA student-athlete. "It's pretty cool. I've never been in a magazine before. It's a huge honor. I used to read (Sports Illustrated) all the time when I was younger and I often checked out 'Faces in the Crowd' but I had no idea I would be in there some day. It's exciting."

Shurn (Kokomo, IN / Kokomo H.S.) adds the SI tribute to an already impressive resume that includes National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) NAIA National Player of the Year (Division II), NAIA All-America First Team, and Most Valuable Player in the 2014 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship after scoring 30 points in the title game. She led NAIA Division II in total scoring with 780 points, the NAIA Championship with 104 points, set the USF single-season record for points scored breaking the mark set by Brenda Schlegel (1998-99, 743). Shurn also finished among the NAIA top 15 in points per game (20.5) and steals (86). Shurn posted double-digits in 34 games this year, including six 30-plus point performances, 19 games with 20 or more points. She was named Crossroads League Player of the Year in late February.