Crusaders and Raiders Clash Saturday at the ARC
Charae Richardson averaged 11.5 PPG in the season series versus Wright State last year. (Avery Davis)
Crusaders and Raiders Clash Saturday at the ARC
Friday, January 17, 2014
Wright State (14-5)
at
Valparaiso (2-14)
1/18/2014 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 438
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Wright State374279
Valparaiso293665
Stats at a GlanceWSUVALPO
FG Percentage.393 (22-56) .543 (25-46)
3P FG Percentage.333 (10-30) .111 (1-9)
FT Percentage.735 (25-34) .737 (14-19)
Offensive Rebounds195
Defensive Rebounds1820
Total Rebounds3725
Turnovers1823
Steals138
Bench Points1923
Statistical LeadersWSUVALPO
PointsDEMMINGS - 31
KARUNGI - 19
ReboundsSTANTON - 9
HORTON - 6
AssistsJAMES - 4
RICHARDSON - 4
WIEDEMANN - 4
StealsMINGO - 5
WIEDEMANN - 3
BlocksMINGO - 1
STANTON - 1
KARUNGI - 2

Wright State (13-5, 2-1 Horizon)
at Valparaiso (2-13, 0-2 Horizon)

Game #16 - Saturday, January 18 - 4 p.m.
Athletics-Recreation Center (5,000) -
Valparaiso, Ind.

Next Up in Crusader Basketball: The Horizon League’s Preseason Player of the Year comes to town this weekend when Kim Demmings and the Wright State Raiders take on Valpo at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Demmings has lived up to the billing as the junior is currently averaging 20.4 points per game. The Crusaders are in the middle of a stretch where they play four Horizon League games in eight days.

Last Time Out: An ambush of first-half three-pointers gave Oakland all the cushion it needed Wednesday night. The Golden Grizzlies were 12-for-21 from downtown in the first twenty minutes alone as a 50-23 halftime lead carried OU to an 88-55 win in its first Horizon League home game. Elizabeth Hamlet scored 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting in her return to Oakland. Abby Dean matched Hamlet’s 4-for-5 effort en route to a 10-point evening. It was the seventh game this season that the sophomore finished in double digits. The Crusaders boosted their HL-leading free-throw percentage to 80.2% thanks to a 14-for-15 night from the foul line.

Following the Crusaders: Audio - WVUR (95.1 FM, Valparaiso) - Brandon Vickrey (play-by-play) and Parker Gatewood (color). Video - Horizon League Network. Links for the audio and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com. In addition, ValpoGameday.com is a one-stop shop for live video, stats and social media interaction, all on the same page.

Head Coach Tracey Dorow: Tracey Dorow (13-33) is in her second season at the helm of the Valparaiso women’s basketball program in 2013-14. In her first season, Dorow led the Crusaders to eleven victories overall, including five in Horizon League play. Dorow arrived in Valparaiso after 14 seasons at Ferris State. She compiled a 232-163 record while with the Bulldogs. Furthermore, Ferris State posted the #1 grade point average in all of Division II for the 1999-2000 women’s basketball season as well as the #2 ranking in 2002-2003.

Series Notes: Valparaiso leads the all-time series 12-10 over Wright State. The two teams have been in the same conference three separate times (North Star Conference, Mid-Continent Conference, Horizon League). The Crusaders won eight of the first nine meetings during the 90’s, but Wright State is 9-4 versus the Brown and Gold since joining the Mid-Con in 2008.

Storylines...
- Wright State assistant coach Keith Freeman was head coach at Valpo from 1994-2012.
- Valpo and Wright State started playing each other back in 1990, the season prior to the Raiders joining the North Star Conference.
- Despite competing against each other in three different conferences, the schools have met in the postseason just once (2009).
- One of last year’s games between the two teams was decided by one point (67-66 WSU). The other went to overtime (83-78 WSU).
- The Crusaders are looking avoid to an 0-3 start in HL play for the third time in the last four seasons.
- Wright State is in the top 20 nationally in four categories (scoring offense, 3-point FG, turnover margin, fewest turnovers per game).
- Nine of Wright State’s 14 players are from Ohio.

@WrightStateWBB
- @WrightStateWBB leads the HL in scoring offense with 81.7 PPG.
- @WrightStateWBB’s +191 turnover margin is the best in the country.
-Only nine teams in the nation commit fewer turnovers per game than @WrightStateWBB (12.3 turnovers/game).
-@WrightStateWBB is averaging over 26 three-point attempts/game.
- @WrightStateWBB is undefeated when leading at the half.
- @WrightStateWBB has gone with a starting lineup of Demmings/James/Mingo/Elkins/Stanton each of the last 15 games.
- Mike Bradbury is in his fourth season as head coach of the Raiders.
- Bradbury served as an assistant at Xavier, Cincinnati, VCU, East Tennessee State and Chattanooga before his first head coaching job at Morehead State in 2007.

Jessica Carr
- Scored 12 points and had four assists in just her second game of the season.
- Made her season debut versus Western Michigan on Dec. 29th, where she scored five points and notched an assist, steal, and rebound.

Elizabeth Hamlet
- Scored a season-high 12 points versus her alma mater (Oakland) on Jan. 15.
- Shot 3-for-5 from the field in Valpo’s 63-61 defeat of Toledo at the Toledo Invite.

Abby Dean
- Has made 19 of her last 20 free-throw attempts.
- Leads the Horizon League in free-throw percentage (91.9%).
- Has knocked down five field goals in five different contests.
- Has compiled 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17-point games this season.
- Has started every game for the Crusaders.
- Registered a career-high 17 points at Tennessee Tech on 11/24/13.
- Scored first collegiate points at Cameron Indoor Stadium on 11/23/12.
- Made collegiate debut on November 14th versus Purdue-Calumet.
- Tossed in 11 points in 19 minutes vs.Western Michigan last season.

Lexi Miller
- Returned Wednesday vs. Oakland after missing the last four games with a concussion.
- Tallied 13 assists to five turnovers during the Toledo Invite.
- Scored a career-high 18 points vs. Tennessee Tech.
- Owns best assists/turnover ratio of any Crusader (32:30).
- Accumulated 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals (all career highs at the time) at Saint Louis on 11/10/13.
- Made collegiate debut against the Indiana Hoosiers 11/9/12.
- Made first start in Hinkle Fieldhouse versus the Butler Bulldogs.
- Scored 13 points in Valpo’s 88-62 victory over UIC on 2/16/13.

Charae Richardson
- Has scored 13 or more points in six of team’s 15 games.
- Scored a career-high 23 points versus Montana State.
- Dished out a season-high seven assists at Tennessee Tech.
- Leads team in points/game (11.2) and total assists (40).
- Scored 15 points in the season opener at Saint Louis on Nov. 10th.
- Played in all 31 games for the Crusaders last season, including 28 starts.
- Carried an 84.1 free-throw percentage.
- Finished second on the team last season in 3-pointers (24) and assists (95).

Liz Horton
- Made five of six three-point attempts en route to a career-high 20 points at Tulsa on 1/4/14.
- Snapped an eight-game three-point streak Wednesday at Oakland.
- Shot 23-of-45 from the field in December including 10-for-19 from behind the arc.
- Leads team in three-point field goal percentage (42.6%) and in total FG% (46.2%)
- Has scored exactly 11 points on four different occasions this season (Illinois, #6 Notre Dame, Montana State, Toledo).
- Appeared in 30 games for the Brown and Gold a season ago.
- Named Crusaders’ Most Improved Player in 2012-13.
- Scored 19 points, including 3-for-3 shooting from behind the arc, at Western Michigan on Dec. 19th.

Sharon Karungi
- Scored a career-high 21 points in her first HL game (1/9/14).
- Leading rebounder (8.0) for the Crusaders.
- Averaging 10.7 points per game.
- Tied for third in Horizon League with most double-doubles (5).
- Grabbed 14 rebounds in both games of the Toledo Invite en route to Most Valuable Player recognition.
- Scored the game-winning put-back with three seconds to play against Toledo.
- Registered 17 points and 14 boards versus FIU for her third double-double of the season.
- Tallied her second double-double at Tennessee Tech, scoring 11 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
- Recorded her first double-double at Illinois on Nov. 12th, throwing in 15 points and grabbing 12 boards.

Jessi Wiedemann
- Has logged 32 or more minutes in all but three games this season.
- Named to Toledo Invite All-Tournament Team after scoring 15 versus Chicago State and 14 against Toledo.
- Double-digit scorer in seven games for the Crusaders.
- Has made multiple three-pointers in six games in 2013-14.
- Notched a career-high 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting at Tennessee Tech.
- Snapped a season-starting 0-14 slump from behind the arc at #6 Notre Dame, nailing three treys in a nine-point game.
- Played all 40 minutes in the season opener at Saint Louis on Nov. 10th, 2013, and set career highs in blocks (4) and steals (3) while scoring six points.
- Appeared in all 31 games including four starts as a freshman.
- Made collegiate debut versus Indiana.
- Scored 13 points off the bench versus Detroit on Mar. 9th, 2013.

Roster Breakdown
- Valpo welcomes six new players (two freshmen, four transfers) to its team this season.
- Haylee Thompson and Annemarie Hamlet will sit out this season per NCAA transfer eligibilty rules.
- The Brown and Gold boast players from six different states and two countries.
- Liz Horton is the only true senior on this year’s squad.