All-Area performer expected to make immediate impact for RedHawks
Hobart, IN - River Forest High School senior, Kali Winkler has agreed to continue her education and basketball career at IU Northwest beginning in the fall of 2017. Winkler a 5'9" shooting guard from Hobart, IN is currently averaging 19.7 points, 3.8 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game for the 7-3 Ingots led by Head Coach Courtney Quigg.
Selected to the 2016 Times Pre-Season All-Area Team, Winkler an athletic scoring guard and playmaker poured in a career high 29 points last January 19th in a 57-47 win over Wheeler. That same season a junior, Winkler reached the 1,000 career point milestone while leading River Forest to a program best 20-5 record and appearance in the Indiana Class 2 A Sectional Championship Game en route to averaging 19.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.5 steals.
'Kali is an explosive scorer and has the strength and athleticism to be a difference maker for us right away on both ends of the floor. With her ability to get to the rim as well as shoot from the perimeter, Kali has the ability to be a difference maker and make an immediate impact on offense and she is also a tenacious defender and strong rebounder. We're very excited to have Kali join our university and basketball program next fall," said IU Northwest Head Coach Ryan Shelton.
Winkler an honor roll student and two-time Greater South Shore All-Conference selection has been the catalyst for the dramatic turnaround for a River Forest program that won just two games during the 2012-13 season and improved to a school-record 20 wins in 2015-16.
Winkler a four-year varsity player, has been named the Ignots Most Valuable Player in each of her first three varsity seasons. Additionally, she was a key cog in her AAU team, the NWI Thunder's run to a national championship this past summer.
Indiana University Northwest Women's Basketball is currently 11-3 and ranked No. 13 in the NAIA Top 25 National Coaches Poll. The RedHawks are led by two-time All-American Nicki Monahan (20.0 ppg.) and All-American candidate Grayce Roach (16.7 ppg.)