Finishing with the program’s first losing season in six years has done little to slow down Indiana Northwest women’s basketball coach Ryan Shelton when it comes to outfitting the roster for next season.
Shelton, who already has commitments from several local products, announced this week that Moraine Valley sophomore Creighton Fed will continue her career with the RedHawks after averaging 19.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals per game this season.
The East Dundee, Illinois, native earned Illinois Skyway Collegiate First-Team All-Conference honors this season while scoring in double figures in every game, including 40 points in a win over Harper on Nov. 21.
“Creighton was exactly what we were looking for as a player and a person to be a significant contributor and add immediate value to our team and program,” Shelton said in a statement. “Her versatility, athleticism and size on the perimeter, coupled with her ability to play 1-4 and guard multiple positions fills a big need as we fully expect Creighton to be an impact player for us.”
Fed becomes the eighth player from Moraine Valley to enroll at IUN, joining current teammate and NJCAA All-American forward Michelle Borgen. Fed and Borgen are joining a recruiting class that includes Brittney Williams (Merrillville), Taelynn Oelling (Valparaiso), Lauren Smolen (Lake Central) and Hannah Hammar (Morton). Hobart product Grayce Roach is expected to return from injury and be ready for the start of next season.
Vujanic continues impressive start: The Valparaiso women’s tennis team has already won five matches this season after being limited to a total of four wins over the previous two seasons. Jelena Vujanic has been a big reason for the turnaround as the freshman has been dominant in her first season with the Crusaders.
Vujanic has shined at No. 2 singles this season, including in a 6-1, 6-1 win over Illinois-Chicago's Amelia Guevremont during Wednesday’s nonconference match against the Flames at XS Tennis in Chicago. The Crusaders fell 6-1 to their former Horizon League rivals.
Vujanic is 17-3 this season and is already tied for eighth in program history for single-season victories despite having at least nine matches remaining on the schedule. The Elk Grove Village native has an .850 winning percentage, a mark that would rank fourth in program history.
Vujanic and freshman teammate Claire Czerwonka were named the Missouri Valley Conference Doubles Team of the Week on Tuesday, their second such honor of the season.
Valparaiso opens Valley play at the Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith this weekend with a pair of matches against Drake and Northern Iowa.