Indiana Northwest women’s basketball standout Nicki Monahan will be honored by the National Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this year as her jersey will hang in the museum’s annual Ring of Honor exhibit in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The exhibit features jerseys worn by high school and college All-Americans during the most recent season. More than 100 jerseys will be on display from the top women’s basketball players for the next year.
"It's a really great honor to have my jersey there," Monahan said. "My jersey was hanging there two years ago when I was first an All-American and some friends and I went down to see it. It was really cool to see, and it's an honor to be going back there again."
Monahan, a Portage graduate, was named an NAIA All-American for the third straight year as she ranked seventh in country in scoring (20.0 ppg), eighth in 3-point percentage (.440) and 20th in free-throw percentage (.823).
“On behalf of her teammates and coaches and the IU-Northwest community, we congratulate Nicki on this tremendous honor,” IUN women’s basketball coach Ryan Shelton said in a release by the school. “It is well-deserved for one of the best players in the nation at the NAIA level. We are very proud of Nicki as she represents our program, university and community with class both on and off the court.”
Monahan finished her career with 2,219 points, good for second on the program’s all-time scoring list. Monahan was also honored as the 2016-17 IUN Female Athlete of the Year last week at the school’s annual Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet at the Spa Special Events Center.
Former men’s basketball standout Pete Trgovich was the lone inductee into the Hall of Fame. The former Munster standout was the NAIA national scoring leader in 2010 with 27.8 points per game and is the Redhawks' all-time leading scorer with 1,662 career points.
Back-to-back for Valparaiso: The Valparaiso men’s tennis team won its second straight Horizon League regular-season title Sunday as the Crusaders knocked off Detroit Mercy 5-2 to finish undefeated in conference play.
Valparaiso enters this weekend’s Horizon League tournament in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as the No. 1 seed and looks to earn its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament. The Crusaders have a bye in the first round of the tournament and will play the winner of No. 4 Youngstown State and No. 5 Northern Kentucky on Saturday.
“We’re all elated that we were able to repeat,” Valparaiso head coach Jim Daugherty told ValpoAthletics.com.
The Titans earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will likely face No. 3 Green Bay in the semifinals. Valparaiso knocked off the Phoenix 4-0 in last season’s conference title match. The win helped avenge a 4-0 loss to Green Bay in the 2015 Horizon League title match.
Purdue Northwest advances: The Purdue Northwest men’s tennis team avenged a regular-season loss to St. Francis (Ill.) on Tuesday with a 5-4 win over the Fighting Saints to advance to the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals.
The Pride will play at No. 1 seed Cardinal Stritch on Friday. The Wolves are ranked 10th in the nation and defeated Purdue Northwest 9-0 earlier this month.