Indiana Northwest will be hopping this weekend as the men’s and women’s basketball programs will host a quartet of games as part of the Association of Independent Institutions Classic.

Conference foes Wilberforce and College of the Ozarks will come to the Savannah Center Gymnasium this weekend with the women’s team putting their four-game winning streak on the line beginning at 1 p.m. Friday against the Bulldogs. The IUN men’s team will host Wilberforce at 3 as the RedHawks look to win for the third time in their last four games.

The women’s team will face a strong challenge from nationally-ranked College of the Ozarks at 11 a.m. Saturday and the men will follow suit against the Bobcats at 1 p.m. in Gary.

The IUN women’s team has an 11-12 record and is 3-0 in conference play as Chloe Salman leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game. The men’s team is 10-10 with a 2-1 mark in conference. Rashad Richardson leads the RedHawks with 18.78 points per game while Chris Dixon-Williams is averaging more than three assists and two steals per game.

Pride in Academics: Purdue Northwest’s student-athletes were honored for their standout work in the classroom earlier this month. Fifty athletes gained recognition as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its All-Academic and All-Academic Excellence teams for the Fall 2017 semester.

Women’s soccer lead the way with seven student-athletes gaining All-Academic Excellence honors while men’s soccer had six student-athletes joining volleyball and women’s tennis with three honorees each. Both men’s and women’s cross country also had student-athletes honored for their academic success. Members of the All-Academic Excellence teams carried a grade point average above 3.5 while All-Academic members carried a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Franklin earns another honor: Valparaiso women’s basketball player Dani Franklin earned another notable honor this week when the senior was named as a participant in the 2018 “So You Want to be a Coach” program, hosted by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association in a partnership with the Alliance of Women Coaches.

Franklin will attend a three-day workshop at the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio in late March. The program is held in conjunction with the WBCA Convention and helps players understand the skills needed to success in the coaching profession. Franklin is currently a student teacher in a second-grade classroom in Valparaiso and carries a 3.57 grade-point average as an elementary education major.

Franklin recently took over second place on Valparaiso’s all-time scoring list with over 1,500 points. The senior is averaging a team-best 16.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Crusaders this season.

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