Houston, Keller and Wills Combine for 49 Points
The IU Northwest women leaned heavily on their three all-conference performers on Wednesday night to lead them to their fourth (4-1) win of the season 83-44 over visiting Andrews University. The RedHawks shrugged off a slow start in and relied heavily on their “Big 3″ of Sharon Houston, Juliette Keller and Nina Wills to lead them to their third straight win. The trio that has been selected to the A.I.I. All-Conference Team each of the past two seasons, combined for 49 of the the RedHawk 83 points on the evening despite playing just 22 minutes each.
Junior-forward Sharon Houston lead the way with 26 points on 12-16 from the floor to go with 13 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals. Junior-guard Juliette Keller finished with 15 points including two treys while junior-point guard Nina Wills made an impact on both ends of the floor contributing 8 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals.
The RedHawks jumped out to an early 12-4 advantage before Andrews made a run of their own to tighten the game back up at 12-11. From that point on it was all IU Northwest as they would go on a 31-8 run to take a 41-19 lead at the break. The RedHawk run was sparked by back to back baskets from sophomore guard Vicky Campos who came off the bench to drain a three from the corner than finish a tough transition hoop in traffic moments later. Junior-forward Kymberli Daniels and Jenelle Kapelinski also made impacts off the RedHawk bench as Daniels corralled 9 rebounds in just 14 minutes of actions while Kapelinski added 8 points and 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Senior-forward Ashley Michalski contributed 6 points and 5 boards while freshmen Annmarie Keller (5 points) and Marissa Butler (5 rebounds) were also factors in the game. IU Northwest was without the services of 6’4” center Ish-Shah Terry who missed the game due to illness.
The RedHawks return to action this Saturday Dec. 4 when they travel to Goshen for a 5pm EST matchup with Goshen College.